Assistant Vice President of Research Integrity & Operations, Shannon Lunt serves as the chief research compliance officer for SMU, including oversight for all human and animal research, as well as biosafety, Export Control compliance, and financial conflict of interest, and provides leadership for the Research side of the Office of Research and Graduate Studies (ORGS). ORGS is SMU’s central office for the submission and receipt of all research grant proposals and awards, and is the first point of contact for research faculty and staff involved in research contract negotiations and technology management-related activities. Shannon's background is in biomedical research, where she spent 15 years at the laboratory bench at the University of Michigan Medical School and Texas A&M University, then moved into compliance work at Baylor’s Institute for Immunology Research. Starting as a technician in an animal science laboratory, Shannon understands the complexities associated with all sides of a research project, and has used this understanding to help establish a foundation for increasing SMU’s research involvement.
Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, Alan Itkin is responsible for oversight of Doctoral and Master’s degree candidates in collaboration with academic graduate advisors and departments in Dedman College. He oversees graduate student recruitment and matriculation; coordinates graduate student life events; administrates the University Ph.D. Fellowship and Dissertation Fellowship programs; monitors graduate student progress; provides administrative approval of dissertations; and awards Graduate Student Travel Grants. Alan holds a Ph.D in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University, and a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of California Berkeley. Prior to joining SMU, Alan served as Assistant Dean for Graduate Education and Research in the College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt University. Alan also maintains an active research profile as a scholar of modern German culture and Holocaust literature. His academic monograph, Underworlds of Memory: W. G. Sebald’s Epic Journeys through the Past, was published by Northwestern University Press in 2017, and he has held the titles of Senior Lecturer in German at Vanderbilt University and Visiting Assistant Professor of Literary Cultures at New York University.