Kindling creators, thinkers and problem solvers
Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
At Dedman College, outstanding students connect with global thinkers and expert problem solvers through interdisciplinary education and partnerships. Dedman College students build an academic foundation that energizes their future, giving them a competitive edge in fields such as medicine, law, business and technology, to name just a few. With 16 academic departments, nearly 100 undergraduate majors and minors and more than 30 postgraduate programs in SMU’s largest academic unit, there is a degree program for every Mustang.
SMU Fund for Dedman College
Your gift to the SMU Fund for Dedman College ignites imaginations and inspires innovations. You and fellow Dedman supporters are investing in the powerful intersection of education and opportunity for SMU students. You can help provide the unrestricted resources that are strategically necessary to implement the newest academic programs and address Dedman College’s most pressing funding needs.
At SMU, I realized my passion for mentoring others and developing future leaders. I’ve been encouraged to find my voice and think of ways in which I want to take action and share my passions.
— Johanna Pang ’22, double major in English and Human human rights
Make an impact
Dedman College has been enriched over the past several years through the hiring of extraordinary new talent, and to continue recruiting and retaining such faculty, we need to provide them with the teaching and research tools befitting their knowledge, skills and talents. With your astute investment, Dedman College can attract and retain top-tier faculty members who are conducting world-changing research, which can also advance our excellence in teaching. This benefits students at all levels.
GRADUATE STUDENT AND PhD SUPPORT
Graduate students at SMU conduct cutting-edge research across campus, from our Center for Research Computing to the humanities to earth sciences, psychology and biological sciences labs. Because of the vital role graduate students play in the productivity and innovation for the University, Dedman College would like to establish a centralized fund to administer aid for graduate student and PhD support.
SUPPORT FOR FACULTY RESEARCH AND LABORATORY SPACE
The college’s laboratories are the key to achieving the university’s research mission and goal of rising in the national rankings. Undergraduate and graduate students receive invaluable training in these spaces. Many of our labs are outdated, however, and new space is needed so the college can continue to bring in more federal research dollars that support our faculty.
Additionally, the Dean’s Research Council provides seed money for early-stage faculty research. You could have a seat at the table. This targeted fund serves as a springboard to helping faculty move projects from concept to viability. In turn, these investments make faculty more competitive to receive external funding for their most innovative projects.
SMU HUMAN RIGHTS PROGRAM
The Human Rights Program is educating a new generation of visionary change-makers to defend and demand human dignity. As one of only seven programs in the United States to grant a bachelor’s degree in human rights, the program offers over 100 academic courses, educational travel opportunities across the globe and a variety of proven social innovation efforts in North Texas. SMU’s Human Rights Program provides a unique experience that challenges students to think beyond the classroom and encourages compassion and inclusion under the motto, “There is no such thing as a lesser person.”
DEDMAN COLLEGE INTERDISCIPLINARY INSTITUTE
The Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute responds to a need for a new way of looking at the world, one that embraces the insights gleaned from the humanities, the sciences, the social sciences, business and the other professional endeavors. The institute brings together experts and activists from diverse fields to share and create knowledge and sponsors faculty and academic programs, undergraduate research programs and community lectures.
CREATE YOUR LEGACY
Your gifts to support current needs provide immediate impact, and your endowment or estate commitments make a difference in perpetuity. As an alum, parent or friend, you establish a permanent legacy in your field of greatest interest with your endowment gift.
Create a named endowed fund in memory or honor of a person or an organization with a gift of $100,000 or more. Endow faculty positions, scholarships, fellowships and excellence funds. Just imagine what you could do. We look forward to talking with you about your vision for SMU.
As the premier private university in North Texas, SMU exists to shape future leaders who transform communities and organizations through ingenuity and thoughtful problem-solving. Building on our history of excellence, we have launched SMU Ignited: Boldly Shaping Tomorrow – our multiyear, $1.5 billion campaign to attract and support outstanding students and faculty, to explore new fields and cutting-edge technologies, and to positively impact Dallas and the world beyond. We invite you to join us and empower the bold, the curious and the creative to better their professions and their communities.
Blaze a new path
Director of Development
Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
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