David Son

Associate Provost for Curricular Innovation and Policy ad interim

Professor David Y. Son, in Dedman College’s Department of Chemistry, became Associate Provost for Curricular Innovation and Policy ad interim at Southern Methodist University in July 2019.  David will serve in this capacity until a new Provost arrives on campus, at which time Professor Peter Moore, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs ad interim, will return to this position. In his role as Associate Provost, Dr. Son will chair the Educational Programs Committee, administrate the Office of General Education through the Assistant Provost for General Education, and oversee Intersessions and the Committee on Appeals.

About David Son

Son joined the Department of Chemistry in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences in 1996. He obtained a B.S. in chemistry from Andrews University (Berrien Springs, MI) and a Ph.D. in chemistry from MIT (Cambridge, MA).

Professor Son has been recognized and honored by some of the university’s most prestigious awards, including the “M” award in 2017, the Thomas A. Tunks Distinguished University Citizenship Award in 2015, and the Ruth Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award in 2011. He was an inaugural member of the university’s Faculty-in-Residence (FIR) program and has served as a FIR at Boaz Residential Commons since 2014. 

As a researcher, Son is an expert in polymers, click chemistry, and organosilicon. His research group focuses on polymer research. Polyarylenes are of interest due to their potential application in high temperature applications. The Son group also synthesizes degradable and non-degradable polymer networks for drug delivery applications, and its synthetic chemistry utilizes thiol-ene and related ‘click’ chemistry.

Related Links

Education Programs Committee
Office of General Education

Contact Information

Physical Address

Southern Methodist University
Perkins Administration Building
6425 Boaz Lane, Suite 220
Dallas, Texas 75205



Mailing Address

Southern Methodist University
Office of the Provost
P.O. Box 750221
Dallas, Texas 75275-0221

Other Contacts

Brooke Guelker,Assistant to the Associate Provost