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Mission Statement

The Faculty Senate of Southern Methodist University bears the responsibility of speaking and acting for the General Faculty in matters affecting the University as a whole. The Senate possesses and exercises the powers of the General Faculty of the University in all matters that are not reserved by the Bylaws of the University to the faculty of a single school. The Senate seeks to further the University's dedication to the pursuit of truth and the preservation, dissemination, and extension of knowledge. To that end, the Senate has among its principal concerns the preservation of academic freedom in the University community, the promotion of creative and responsible inquiry, thought, and expression in an atmosphere of scholarly excellence, and the protection of a vital balance among the various programs of the University, free of prejudice or undue partiality. The Senate is responsible for fostering the professional development and economic well-being of the faculty. The Senate exercises its power through legislative, investigative, and advisory functions appropriate to the Faculty Senate Constitution.

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2019 Honors Convocation Address

Click here to read the 2019 Honors Convocation Address by President Dayna Oscherwitz.

2018 Remarks at December Commencement 

Click here to read the 2018 Remarks at December Commencement by President Dayna Oscherwitz. 

2018 Spring General Faculty Meeting

Click here to read the 2018 Spring general faculty meeting report. 

2018 Convocation Address

Click here to read the 2018 Convocation Address by Faculty Senate President Dr. Dayna Oscherwitz.

2018 Fall Faculty Address

Click here (ppt) to read the 2018 Fall Faculty Address by Faculty Senate President Dr. Dayna Oscherwitz.

2018 State of the University Address

Click here to read the 2017 States of the University Address by President Turner. 

2017 December Graduation Speech 

Click here to read the 2017 December Graduation Speech by Faculty Senate President Elect Dr. Dayna Oscherwitz