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Advancing Faculty and Academic Excellence

The extraordinary quality of SMU's faculty is a defining feature of the University. Support for The Second Century Campaign enabled SMU to add 54 endowed faculty positions, reaching a University total of 116, and to provide funding for 68 new or significantly enhanced academic programs and initiatives, including endowments for two schools.

Endowments for new faculty positions enable SMU to broaden significantly the subjects researched and taught at the University. Thanks to campaign support, SMU will be able to provide faculty expertise on society's most pressing issues well into the future.

Increased Endowed Faculty Positions

Faculty experts enhance the overall quality and academic reputation of a University. Through donor support, SMU achieved and surpassed the goal of having a total of 110 endowed faculty positions, reaching 116. The University also surpassed the goal of having 25 percent of tenured faculty in endowed chairs or professorships, reaching 29.6 percent in fall 2015, a percentage that places SMU among a select group of peer institutions.

New Endowed Faculty Positions

Endowments for faculty positions add to the University's academic offerings and ensure that particular disciplines will continue to be part of the SMU curriculum. Below is a partial list of subject areas with positions endowed through the campaign. See a complete list of endowed faculty positions created during the campaign.

  • Alternative Asset Management
  • American Capitalism
  • Art History
  • Biological Sciences
  • Corporate, Partnership and Securities Law
  • Cyber Security
  • Economic Freedom
  • Education and Human Development
  • Engineering and Global Development
  • Engineering Innovation
  • Entrepreneurial Studies
  • European Medieval History
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Jurisprudence and Constitutional Law
  • Meadows Museum
  • Meadows Symphony Orchestra
  • Methodist History
  • Music Performance
  • SMU-in-Taos
  • Statistical Science

Increased Support for Faculty and Academics

Gifts to The Second Century Campaign have enabled SMU to increase support for academic instruction as well as library, advising and technology resources.

Support for Academic Programs, Centers and Initiatives

In addition to the naming of two schools, The Second Century Campaign provided new funding for 66 academic programs and centers.


  • Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development
  • Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering


  • Art History Department support and new Ph.D. degree program
  • Chemistry Department Research
  • Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences
  • C. Vincent Prothro Biological Sciences Initiative

Centers and Institutes

  • Budd Center for Involving Communities in Education
  • W.W. Caruth, Jr. Institute for Engineering Education
  • Center for Presidential History
  • Center on Research and Evaluation
  • Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security
  • Deason Family Criminal Justice Reform Center in Dedman School of Law
  • EnCap Investments & LCM Group Alternative Asset Management Center
  • Hart Center for Engineering Leadership and program support
  • Hunter and Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity
  • Don Jackson Center for Financial Studies
  • Kitt Investing and Trading Center
  • Penny and Paul Loyd Center for the Academic Development of Student-Athletes
  • National Center for Arts Research
  • Albert W. Niemi Center in American Capitalism
  • O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom
  • Tsai Endowed Center for Law, Science and Innovation


  • Bishop Alonzo Monk Bryan and Twila Stowe Bryan Methodist Studies Endowment
  • W.W. Caruth, Jr. Child Advocacy Clinic in Dedman School of Law
  • Center for Preaching Excellence
  • Center for Religious Leadership
  • Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering Department support
  • George Cook Collection Endowment, supporting DeGolyer Library
  • Deason Endowed Fund for Innovation
  • Dean’s Research Council in Dedman College
  • Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute
  • Dedman Law faculty research support
  • Embrey Human Rights Program and new Bachelor of Arts degree program
  • English Department Program support
  • Faculty Awards for teaching and service in Cox School, Dedman College and Perkins School
  • Foreign Languages and Literature support
  • Graduate Certificate Program in Early Literacy
  • Graduate Ensemble-in-Residence Program in Music
  • Global Theological Education Program support
  • Kirby Gray Fund, in support of Central University Libraries
  • Nancy B. Hamon Special Collection Endowment
  • Judge Elmo B. Hunter Legal Center for Victims of Crimes Against Women
  • Ignite Arts Dallas
  • Institute for Leadership Impact in Simmons School
  • Jewish Studies Program in Dedman College
  • Jeanne R. Johnson Piano Guest Artist Endowment
  • Journalism Digital Studio and Department support
  • Robert Van Kemper Endowment Fund for Research in Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Latino Center for Leadership Development and SMU Tower Center Research Partnership
  • Latino Leadership Institute in the Cox School
  • Jackie McElhaney Archives of Women of the Southwest Acquisition Endowment
  • Meadows Museum BBVA Art and Education Program
  • Music Therapy program support
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling support
  • Piano Faculty Recruitment Fund
  • Louise Ballerstedt Raggio Women’s Studies Program Endowment
  • Research in Mathematics Education
  • Serafy Foundation Endowed  Engaged Learning Fund in Lyle School
  • Scott Sheffield Energy Investment Lab
  • SMU-in-Taos program support
  • Student-Managed Energy Investment Fund
  • Temerlin Advertising Institute support
  • Texas-Mexico Research Program in the Tower Center
  • Sarah Kahn Toplitz Violin Studio Endowment
  • Tower Scholars Program endowment
  • VanSickle Family Law Clinic
  • Women’s and Gender Studies Endowment