Jayne Suhler


Professor of Practice





Jayne Suhler has served as professor of practice in the Journalism Division since 2001, teaching a range of journalism courses, including Advanced News Reporting, Literary Journalism, and Feature Writing, and helped build the curriculum for the division’s fashion media program. She helped develop a breaking news internship program with The Dallas Morning News, and supervised the division’s honors program for many years. Now serving as an adjunct, she is the Student Media adviser for The Daily Campus and the fashion website SMU Look. Through content partnerships with local media and The Daily Campus, Suhler pushes reporting students to cover stories in diverse communities and to witness first-hand how elected officials, residents, businesses and special interest groups operate and collaborate. One partnership, with the news hub Dallas South News, was profiled in a study by the Knight Foundation about student-generated content in local media outlets.

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M.A. in Journalism, University of Texas at Austin
B.A. Plan II Honors Program, University of Texas at Austin

Recent Work

Professional Experience

Suhler was the higher education writer for The Dallas Morning News, and also reported for the Asbury Park Press, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, and other publications, and for commercial and public radio. In addition to a specialization in education issues, Suhler has extensive experience covering planning and zoning and other city issues. She currently serves on the Dallas City Plan Commission. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Monmouth University in New Jersey and the Dallas County Community College District.


Ghostwriter: Moments, by Chip Moody, an account of Dallas newsman Chip Moody’s battle with cancer (Taylor Publishing, 1994)


Suhler was named the Meadows Foundation Distinguished Teaching Professor for 2013-14. She has been named an SMU HOPE (Honoring our Professors' Excellence) educator three times. Other SMU teaching awards include the Panhellenic Outstanding Faculty Award; the Meadows Above and Beyond Award; and teaching recognition by the Decima Chapter of Mortar Board. Her students have received reporting awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Southwest Journalism Congress. Suhler’s writing awards include the Katie Award from the Press Club of Dallas; the Eugene Katz Award for Excellence in the Coverage of Immigration; the Carole Kneeland Award for coverage of women’s issues; the Association of Women Journalists Award; the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Award; and several Texas School Board awards.

Course list

Journalism Practica  JOUR 4101
Topics in Journalism Practice JOUR 5306
Advanced News Reporting JOUR 2313
Fashion Broadcast: SMU Look TV JOUR 3350 
Fashion Journalism JOUR 3370
Literary Journalism JOUR 3390
Feature Writing JOUR 3382
Jayne Suhler