About the Office of Engaged Learning

Office of Engaged Learning Staff

The Office of Engaged Learning is part of SMU's Office of Student Academic Engagement and Success, which is directed by Associate Provost Sheri Kunovich

Jennifer Ebinger

Jennifer Ebinger is the director of SMU’s Office of Engaged Learning.  As part of the Provost’s team, her department supports university-wide research and entrepreneurship programs, including Engaged Learning Fellowships and Summer Research Assistantships that support undergraduate research; the Big iDeas program that seeds and mentors undergraduate, graduate, faculty and staff startups; Think-Play-Hack which provides a unique big-data experience; and the SMU Incubator, which collaborates with entrepreneurs and organizations to bring social and economic value to north Dallas.  Before coming to SMU, Director Ebinger served as a regional director for a non-profit education foundation out of John’s Hopkins where she led an interstate team to support school, teacher, leader, and student growth.

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Adam Scott Neal

Adam Scott Neal
Assistant Director (Research)

Adam Scott Neal is a composer working in a variety of genres, from toy piano solos to modern dance scores. Recognized as “exquisitely crafted,” Adam’s music “draws the listener inward, encouraging intimate dialogue” (Creative Loafing Atlanta). His music has received nearly 300 performances in 12 countries. Adam has also published research on experimental computer music, improvisation, and popular music education. Current projects include a book of essays about the meanings of musical instruments, and several works for piano, electronics, and video projection. Before moving to Dallas, Adam was a full-time audio engineer at East Carolina University. He also has extensive experience in non-profit arts organizations, notably Terminus Ensemble (Atlanta), which he co-founded, and the Charlotte New Music Festival. He currently moonlights as Production Manager of the Dallas Chamber Symphony and Adjunct Instructor of Audio at the Art Institute of Dallas. Adam earned a PhD at the University of Florida and previous degrees at Queen’s University Belfast and Georgia State University.

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Camille McCallum
Program Specialist for Entrepreneurship

Camille McCallum serves as the Program Specialist for Entrepreneurship in the Office of Engaged Learning.  Her office is located in the SMU Incubator where she manages day-to-day operations, and connects incubator members to the resources they need for success.  As a member of the SMU Incubator herself, with her company Model the Way in the start-up phase, Camille is acutely aware of the needs of budding start-ups and student entrepreneurs. She has a passion for connecting industry and community to advance educational outcomes. Camille holds a Bachelors of Arts in Public Policy Leadership from the University of Mississippi and a Master’s degree in Education Policy and Leadership from Southern Methodist University.

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David Son
Faculty Fellow for Undergraduate Research Programs

  • Professor of Chemistry
  • PhD (Organic Chemistry), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993


Student Assistants

Jorden Terrazas

Melina Corriveau