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Main Office Phone: (214) 768-2338


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Laura Lee Blanton Building, Suite 216
Southern Methodist University
6185 Airline Rd
Dallas, TX 75205

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SMU Abroad
P.O. Box 750391
International Center/Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX 75275-0391

SMU Abroad Staff

  • April Turner, SMU Abroad Advisor, Advising and Application Management.......................(214) 768 - 4944
  • Dorrean Dyson, SMU Abroad Advisor, Content Management and Alumni Engagement.....(214) 768 - 4964
  • Frances FisherSMU Abroad Advisor, Advising and Outreach............................................(214) 768 - 1425
  • Christie Pearson, SMU Abroad Director ad interim..............................................................(214) 768 - 7432
  • Ann Forsyth-Smith, Manager, Administrative Operations.....................................................(214) 768 - 2345 

Student Contacts

Frances Fisher

SMU Abroad Advisor, Advising and Outreach

Contact Frances for:

  • questions about SMU Abroad events and classroom visits
  • partnering with the SMU Abroad Peer Advisors
  • exploring study abroad options
Frances grew up in Panama City, Florida, and is on a mission to explore all the best parts of Dallas (recommendations welcome)! Her desire to experience other cultures firsthand led her to major in Spanish at Berry College and to study abroad in Guanacaste, Costa Rica and Barcelona, Spain. She has also visited Austria, France, Italy, Mexico, Canada, and 43 of the 50 states. She is excited to be part of SMU Abroad and believes that before you can change the world, you have to let the world change you.


April Turner

SMU Abroad Advisor, Advising and Application Management

Contact April for:

  • Student Applications
  • Abroad Programs
  • Course petitions and semester course database

April is the newest member of our team and we are thrilled to have her! Although April grew up in south Texas, she was born in Dallas and considers DFW her home. Before heading off to college at Belmont University in Nashville, TN, April spent a summer  in India and Malaysia, where the spark for travel and culture was ignited.  Since graduating, she has traveled to Moldova in Eastern Europe and returned to India for six months to work for a non-profit combating human trafficking. Not having studied abroad in college herself, April is passionate about helping students take advantage of the wonderful opportunities SMU Abroad offers, broadening their worldview and creating a sense of identity as it relates to the world around them. April has two dogs and is a wife and new mom. When she’s not reining in the chaos of her household, you can find her curled up with a good book at a coffee shop, pursuing the most important things in life - personal growth and coffee.


Dorrean Dyson

SMU Abroad Advisor, Content Management and Alumni Engagement

Contact Dorrean for:

  • Alumni Engagement
  • Transcripts

Dorrean is originally from Nashville, TN. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, she treated her desire for international experience by working and living in Daejeon, South Korea for 2 years. She has also visited Taiwan, Vietnam, China, and Italy. An extensive love for dogs and hot temperatures (She is much like a plant that requires full sun) made Dallas the perfect place to relocate after returning. A foodie through and through, she'll happily take any suggestions for restaurants in Dallas. As someone who did not study abroad in college, Dorrean is passionate about helping students overcome barriers to add this irreplaceable experience to their undergraduate journey. 



Faculty Contacts

 Ann Forsyth-Smith  

Ann Forsyth-Smith

Manager, Administrative Operations

Contact Ann for:

  • Faculty-led and Customized Program logistics
  • Development and Alumni Relations

Ann joined our office in August, 2015. She is a Dallas native and 4th generation Texan. Her father and brother are SMU grads, but she chose Smith College for its Junior Year Abroad in Paris program, which she still considers to be one of the best years of her life! After college, she received her MBA from McCombs School of Business at UT Austin. In her diverse career she has worked for banks, for a French design firm, for the Hockaday School and the Dallas Zoo. She is married to a Canadian and they have a daughter studying graphic design in New York City.

 Christie pearson  

Christie Pearson

Director, ad interim

Contact Christie for:

  • Education Abroad Council and Faculty liaison
  • Faculty-led and Customized Programs
  • Program Design
  • Marketing
  • Data and Reporting
  • Strategic Planning
  • Parent Contact

Christie is a native Dallasite, who graduated from SMU in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, French, and Political Science. During her four years at SMU, Christie studied in Paris, the south of France, and spent a semester in Washington D.C. on an international law program that traveled throughout Europe. Upon graduation, she spent a year as a Teaching Assistant in France on the TAPIF program, sponsored by the French government. She completed a Master of Liberal Studies degree with a dual concentration in Global Studies and Organizational Dynamics in Spring 2018.


Christie joined the SMU staff in January 2013 as a member of the TEDxSMU team. She also also worked with K-12 engineering education for the Lyle School of Engineering. She joined SMU Abroad in September 2016, where she served as Assistant Director, overseeing faculty-led and customized programs. Christie is also the co-Chair of Texas International Monthly (TIM), an association for education abroad professionals working in institutions of high learning in the State of Texas. 



Peer Advisors

Peer Advisors are students who have studied abroad and have been selected and trained to take on a more active role in promoting study abroad and assisting students with their program search and application. Having been through the application process themselves, Peer Advisors can assist with general advising and provide tips for interested students on how to choose a program, petition courses for approval, and properly complete the application. If you have not yet decided on a program or need general advising for study abroad, please visit the Peer Advisors page and feel free to contact any of them. You will notice that all of our Peer Advisors are also Student Ambassadors, so feel free to ask them about their experiences abroad!