Adjunct Faculty


From honored poets to internationally acclaimed human rights scholars.

The distinguished interdisciplinary faculty gathered in the SMU Graduate Liberal Studies program represents the best of the best. From honored poets to internationally acclaimed human rights scholars, more than 40 professors bring a wealth of knowledge in their individual areas of expertise to classrooms that radiate their love of teaching.

Adjunct Faculty Spotlight

John Mears

It is with great enthusiasm that we announce the appointment of a new faculty chair to the SMU Graduate Liberal Studies office, Dr. John Mears. He has nearly 50 years of faculty service at SMU/Dedman College in the Department of History along with the Simmons School of Education in the Graduate Liberal Studies program. We are thrilled that Dr. Mears has decided to join us as Program/Faculty Chair for the Department of Graduate Liberal Studies. We know the entire program will greatly benefit from his extraordinary experience.

For Master of Liberal Studies/Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study students, Dr. Mears will assist in curriculum design as well as taking on an academic advising role with students, reviewing independent study proposals, capstone proposals and offering assistance with degree planning.

For Doctor of Liberal Studies students, Dr. Mears will take on a larger role with regard to degree planning, student advisement, comprehensive examinations (written and oral) and thesis work.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. John Mears to the Graduate Liberal Studies department as Faculty Chair!

MLS Adjunct Faculty

G. William Barnard

Associate Professor, SMU Department of Religious Studies SMU University Distinguished Teaching Professor
Ph.D. University of Chicago

Dr. G. William Barnard's primary areas of research are the comparative philosophy of mysticism, religion and the social sciences, contemporary spirituality, and religion and healing. In 2000, Barnard won the Golden Mustang Award for teaching and scholarship, and from 2002-2004 he was a member of SMU's Academy of Distinguished Teachers. He has published Exploring Unseen Worlds: William James and the Philosophy of Mysticism as well as an edited volume, Crossing Boundaries: Essays on the Ethical Status of Mysticism. He has also written many journal articles and book chapters on a variety of topics, such as pedagogy in religious studies, the nature of religious experience, and issues in the psychology of religion. He has recently completed a second monograph, Living Consciousness: Reclaiming the Intuitive Vision of Henri Bergson.

Courses Taught

HUMN 6338 The Fire of Transformation: Exploring the Mystical Life
HUMN 6358 Trances and Dances: Investigations into Indigenous Religious Life
HUMN 7379 Plants of the Gods: Religion and Psychedelics
HUMN 7380 Waking Up: The Philosophy of Yoga and the Practice of Meditation

Candice Bledsoe

Dr. Candice Bledsoe is the director of the Action Research Center in Dallas, Texas. Her research explores the impact of race, gender, and class in higher education contexts. She has received numerous fellowships including: The National Endowment of the Humanities, the New Leadership Academy, National Center for Institutional Diversity, University of Michigan, and Boone Texas Project for Human Rights Education. Dr. Bledsoe is the recipient of the 2013 SMU Women’s Symposium Profiles of Community Leadership Award. She received her Doctorate in Education from The University of Southern California. Dr. Bledsoe also holds degrees from Southern Methodist University and Baylor University.

Courses Taught

SOSC 7367 The Struggle for Global Justice: Global and Transnational Feminism
SOSC 7368 Education, Equality, and Human Rights: Issues of Gender, Race, Sexuality, Disability and Social Class
SOSC 7381 The Black Stuggle for Freedom

Edward Countryman

SMU Distinguished Professor of History Ph.D. Cornell, 1971

Dr. Edward Countryman has been teaching at SMU since 1991, after spending four years in New Zealand and twenty in the UK. He's been involved with this program almost that long and has taught classes in book acknowledgements. Best known as a scholar of the American Revolution, he published Enjoy the Same Liberty: Black Americans in the Revolutionary Era early in 1912. His strong interest now is Woodland Indians in the age of their encounter with Europeans and Africans. He is working on a large book about how they came to understand the developing colonial situation and the world outside America. He loves classical music, opera, art galleries, and hiking. He's also a keen distance runner, with four marathons since 2007 and training underway for his fifth, in Philadelphia in November, 2012.

Courses Taught

HUMN 6316 The Human Experience
SOSC 7363 The Historian's Craft and the Novelist's Art: Race in Early America
SOSC 7377 Slavery and the American Republic

Joan Davidow

Building an audience based on artwork epitomizes the vision of arts professional Joan Davidow. Paired with her son Seth, the dual visionaries opened a nonprofit artspace in Dallas’ Design District in Fall 2015, where she serves as co-founder and curator. As former director|curator at Dallas Contemporary and Arlington Museum of Art and McDermott Curatorial intern at Dallas Museum of Art, Davidow built her 30-year arts career in North Texas on the concept that all ages from all walks of life can appreciate and understand art of the 21st century. Her multiple careers in the art world include her role as an arts educator inventing a nationally awarded Art Think program, master’s professor at Southern Methodist University, commentator on KERA public radio, art collector, and philanthropist who recently donated her art collection to the University of Texas at Dallas.

Courses Taught

FNAR 6313 Approaching Contemporary Art: Facing the Millenium – 1980-2010
FNAR 6333 Approaching Contemporary Art: Post WWII –1950-1980
FNAR 7373 Lone Star Art Stars: Contemporary Texas Artists

Crista DeLuzio

Crista DeLuzio received her Ph.D. from Brown University and joined the faculty at SMU in 2000. Her research and teaching specialties include the history of women and gender in the United States, the history of the family, and the history of childhood. She is the author of Female Adolescence in American Scientific Thought; the editor of Women’s Rights: People and Perspectives; and the co-editor of On the Borders of Love and Power: Families and Kinship in the Intercultural American Southwest. Her current research focuses on sibling relationships in American culture at the turn of the 20th century. Professor DeLuzio has been recognized with several teaching awards at SMU, including the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award, the Rotunda Outstanding Professor Award, and the Deshner Teaching Award from the Women’s and Gender Studies Council.

Courses Taught

SOSC 6353 Women in American History to 1900
SOSC 6382 Women in American History, 1865 to the Present

Jill DeVito

Dr. DeVito is a Lecturer in the Biology Department at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she introduces undergraduate students to the basic principles of evolution and ecology. Her academic specialization is behavioral ecology, and her past research subjects include reptiles, amphibians and spiders. Currently, Dr. DeVito also shares her enthusiasm for the natural world with a wider audience, teaching as a School Programs Educator at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and as a Naturalist at the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary. In the Master of Liberal Studies program at SMU, she develops interdisciplinary courses that place the human experience in a global ecological context.

Course Taught

SCCL 7304 Human Ecology of Food: Sustainability and Sustenance

Brian Fennig

Dr. Fennig is a senior lecturer in the APSM/Wellness Department of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. He joined the SMU community in the spring of 2001 and currently teaches PRWI and PRWII in the undergraduate curriculum.

Dr. Fennig’s research involves an in-depth analysis of myth, pop music, and contemporary music technology, and examines the phenomenon of pop music acting in ways that mimic and often replace the traditional functions of the culturally informing myth. He earned his Ph.D. in Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas.

In his spare time, Dr. Fennig writes and performs with his band, Fennig, as a drummer and singer. He has been active in the local poetry community and has several small press publications. He is an avid soccer fan and has worked for and/or attended the FIFA World Cup finals in The United States, Japan/Korea, Germany, South Africa and Brazil 2014.

Course Taught

FNAR 7374 Mythic Image in Modern Pop Music and Technology

Regina Franklin-Basye

Franklin-Basye is a graduate of Perkins School of Theology on the Southern Methodist University campus in Dallas, earning her Master of Divinity Degree (MDiv) with a concentration in Pastoral Care. She is a commissioned minister seeking ordination in Christian Ministry within the Christian Church: Disciples of Christ Denomination. During her journey at Perkins Regina served on several committees, including the Black Seminarians Association, and also recruitment committees for new Perkins faculty. Regina has served during Perkins Worship as a Liturgical Dancer, and she has also served with the Seminary Singers Choir. Regina plans to pursue professional, board certification in chaplaincy (BCC) through the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC).

Regina recently earned “Fellowship status” in Thanatology (FT): the Study of Death, Dying & Bereavement through the Association of Death, Education and Counseling (ADEC) in Chicago, IL. Franklin-Basye currently serves on ADEC’s National Examination Curriculum Committee, developing examination questions for future Certified Thanatologists.

Course Taught

BHSC 7350 Responding and Coping with Public Tragedy
BHSC 7370 Death, Dying and Grief

Mag Gabbert

Dr. Mag Gabbert holds a Ph.D. in creative writing from Texas Tech University, an MFA in creative writing from The University of California at Riverside, and a BA in English from Trinity University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, with Honors in English. Her poems and nonfiction essays have been widely published in journals, including 32 Poems, The Rumpus, Phoebe, The Nervous Breakdown, Sheepshead Review, Sugar House Review, Carve Magazine, Stirring, and The Boiler Journal. Dr. Gabbert’s first poetry manuscript, Blow, has been listed as a semi-finalist for several book prizes, including the Lexi Rudnitsky Prize from Persea Press, the St. Lawrence Book Award from Black Lawrence Press, and the Agape Editions Numinous Orisons, Luminous Origin Literary Award. She is a 2018 Poetry at Round Top fellow, and her work was recently nominated for inclusion in the 2018 Best New Poets anthology. Prior to joining the SMU faculty, Dr. Gabbert taught courses in creative writing, literature, and rhetoric at Texas Tech University. She serves as an associate editor for Iron Horse Literary Review and also teaches classes and seminars for Writing Workshops Dallas. For more information, please visit

Courses Taught

FNAR 7350 Special Topics in Fine Arts: Creative Non-Fiction: Shaping Experience in Narrative       
FNAR 7350 Special Topics in Fine Arts: The Creative Nonfiction Spectrum: From Long-Form Article to Flash Lyric Hybrid, and Everything In-Between

Rick Halperin

"There is no such thing as a lesser person."

Dr. Rick Halperin is Director of the Southern Methodist University Human Rights Education Program (, and teaches courses at SMU including: America's Dilemma: The Struggle for Human Rights; America and the Age of Genocide; and America Enraged: From Brown to Watergate, 1954-1974.

Halperin has served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA from 1989-1995, and again from 2004-2010; he served as Chair of the Board from 1992-1993 and again from 2005-2007. He is also a member of the National Death Penalty Advisory Committee, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (serving as President from 2000-2006 and from 2007-2008 to present).

Halperin has been involved in many human rights monitoring projects, including an Amnesty International delegation which investigated the conditions of the Terrell Unit (Texas death row facility) in Livingston, Texas. In 1998, he was eyewitness to a lethal injection execution in the death chamber in Huntsville, Texas. Halperin also participated in a U.N. Human Rights delegation and inspected prison conditions in Dublin, Ireland, and Belfast, Northern Ireland for a report by the Irish Prison Commission, and he participated in a human rights monitoring delegation in El Salvador in 1987.

In addition to his work against the death penalty, Halperin is also active in other areas of human rights. He works with a variety of organizations which seek improvements in human rights on behalf of women, children, gays and lesbians, indigenous persons, survivors of torture, imprisoned political prisoners of conscience and human rights defenders, journalists, and healthcare professionals who are under non-stop assault by governments around the world.

Halperin leads groups of interested persons, including students, faculty, and community members, on human rights educational journeys three times each year to places such as Argentina, Cambodia, Rwanda, South Africa, El Salvador, Bosnia, and numerous Holocaust sites across Europe. Every December he takes a group to death camps and other Holocaust sites in Poland for two weeks. These trips are designed to pay tribute, in part, to those men, women and children who were destroyed in the camps, as well as to honor those who survived the experience. It was, and remains, necessary to remember that the human spirit is capable of enduring and vanquishing the most unimaginable horrors that humanity can produce.

Halperin received his Ph.D. from Auburn University, his M.A. from Southern Methodist University and his B.A. from George Washington University. He is frequently interviewed on television and radio as well as by print media, and he speaks nationally and internationally on a wide range of human rights issues including genocide and the death penalty.

Courses Taught

SOSC 6300 Study Abroad/Human Rights
SOSC 6309 The Struggle for Human Rights
SOSC 6342 America's Defining Moment: The American Civil War
SOSC 6355 America Enraged: From Integration to Watergate
SOSC 7305 Special Topics in Human Rights: The Holocaust

Janet Harris

Dr. Harris has taught literature and writing for over twenty-five years with special emphasis on the connection between learning from other writers and application of that knowledge to writing projects. She has helped more than 100 writers develop, edit, and publish their work and has guided more than 85 books into print for literary and mass markets. Co-author of a literature and composition text, she has published articles, monographs, and reviews.

Courses Taught

FNAR 6306 Reading to Write: Learning from the Masters
FNAR 6396 Time Past, Time Present: Storytelling with a Backdrop of History
FNAR 7361 Creating Compelling Narrative
FNAR 7367 The Writer’s Voice
FNAR 7381 Writers on Writing: 21st Century Storytelling
HUMN 6370 The Literate Mind at Work

Rosanne Hart

Rosanne Hart received her Master's in Journalism and Mass Communications from Kent State University, and her Bachelor's in Journalism and Clothing, Textiles and Interior Design from Kansas State University. She currently serves as an adjunct professor in SMU's Communication and Public Affairs program where she taught the Fashion Media and Public Relations class. A former journalist, fashion editor, and past director of public relations and advertising for Dallas Market Center's former Dallas Apparel Mart, Hart has more than 30 years experience in the advertising, public relations and integrated marketing communications field as owner of The Hart Agency, Inc. in Dallas. Hart has been a high-profile advocate for Dallas' apparel and textile industry over her 35-year career, bringing national attention to Dallas' fashion industry in the '80s by producing Vogue Magazine's and Harper's Bazaar's first special sections on Dallas designers. Her agency garnered numerous advertising and public relations awards for clients in the fashion, beauty, health, and lifestyle industries, and resulted in being recognized by O'Dwyer's as one of the Top 25 Fashion and Beauty PR firms in America. She continues to consult, write and lecture for area colleges on fashion advertising and communications topics, and volunteers her time as a mentor to women-owned businesses, emerging fashion designers, and women's causes. She has served on numerous boards among them the University of North Texas School of Merchandising Board of Governors, The Family Place Partners, The Dallas Historical Society Fashion Collectors, National Association of Women Business Owners/Dallas, Fashion Group International of Dallas, and currently the Public Relations Society of America/Dallas Chapter as chair of the APR Accreditation Committee. Hart enjoys bringing a real-world perspective to her classroom lectures, focusing on connecting the dots from the theoretical to the practical, and engaging students in learning by discovery, discourse, and rigorous writing. Her research focuses on the business of fashion, its contribution to culture and society, and the changing nature of fashion branding and communications, heavily influenced by digital and social media.

Course Taught

SOSC 7350 Advertising Unplugged: Messages, Myths, and Manipulation

Leroy Howe

Dr. Leroy Howe is Professor emeritus of Pastoral Theology at SMU's Perkins School of Theology, where he taught courses in theology and pastoral care and counseling, including dream interpretation, for 30 years. He now teaches regularly in the MLS program. Dr. Howe's published writings include eight books and numerous articles and reviews in academic, professional, and general audience journals and magazines. His website,, contains weekly short articles on faith, theology, and everyday living.

Courses Taught

BHSC 6303 Intimate Partnerships, Marriage and Family
BHSC 7357 The Moral and Spiritual Landscape of Childhood and Adolescence
HUMN 6323 The Psychological and Religious Significance of Dreams

Robert Hunt

Director of Global Theological Education

The focus of my professional life, as a teacher and pastor, has been interpretation: helping people understand one another, their history, different cultures and religions, and themselves. I believe that every person, culture, and society has something valuable to offer to others, and that we discover this through critical and appreciative study, open dialogue, and a willingness to learn.”

Robert Hunt was born in Dallas, Texas, in 1955. After attending school in Austin and Richardson, he majored in History at the University of Texas in Austin. After completing a Master of Theology at Perkins School of Theology (SMU) he served as associate pastor of the Bethany United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas.

In 1985 Robert and his wife Lilian to the Philippines and then Kuala Lumpur, where they taught at the Seminary Theology Malaysia. At STM Robert was the director of extension education, and taught a wide variety of courses. He was also a participant in current Malay translation of the Bible. He received a PhD in History from the University of Malaya in 1993, focusing on the history of Bible translation and Christian Muslim relations. From 1993 to 1997 Dr. Hunt taught World Religions at the Trinity Theological College, and directed the education by extension and field education programs. From 1997 to 2004 he was pastor of the English Speaking United Methodist Church of Vienna, and an adjunct professor at Webster University in Vienna in Religions and International Studies.

Dr. Hunt is presently Director of Global Theological Education, and Director of the Center for Evangelism and Missional Church Studies at the Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. He is a Fellow of the Tower Center for Political Studies. He lectures on World Religions, Cultural Intelligence, Inter-religious Dialogue, and Contemporary Islamic Movements. He is author of numerous books and articles on Malaysian Church history, and Islam including: Islam in Southeast Asia, Muslim Faith and Values: What Every Christian Should Know, Muslim Citizens of the Globalized World. His most recent book, The Gospel Among the Nations, a Documentary History of Inculturation from Orbis Press won the 2nd place 2011 Catholic Book Award in education He has also published numerous articles journals and reference works. His current projects include a study of Christian identity in religiously plural contexts, a study on the relationship of Muslim identity to power-sharing in secular societies. He participated in diverse conferences on Christian - Muslim dialogue in Malaysia, Indonesia, Austria, Macedonia, Spain, China, and the United States.

Courses Taught

HUMN 7312 Islam in State and Society
HUMN 7315 Religions of the East
HUMN 7350 Muslims and Christians: Historical and Contemporary Relations

Ray Jordan

Ray Jordan has worked in both the public and private sectors as a public-school teacher, university professor, non-profit administrator, corporate trainer, clergyperson and consultant. Considering himself a scholar-practitioner, his education and vocational experiences have been a testament of interdisciplinarity, demonstrating a marriage of theory and praxis.

Ray holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Education, a Master of Arts in Teaching, a Master of Theological Studies from Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology, and is completing his PhD (ABD) from Union Institute and University, with research in public policy and social with a concentration in Martin Luther King, Jr. Studies. Ray has worked within three distinct populations, rural, suburban, and urban, and has enjoyed community engagement, including serving on the boards of the Dallas Chapter of GLSEN(Gay, Lesbian, Straight Educational Alliance) and the North Texas Executive Leadership Council for the United Negro College Fund, for which he received the organization’s Rising Star Award for his outstanding contribution. Ray has taught in higher education since 2008. Previously, Ray taught within the University of Texas at Arlington’s School for Urban and Public Affairs and SMU’s Department of Political Science. Currently Ray teaches classes in Interdisciplinary Studies and African American Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington and leads the SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage, which he has done for the past 11 years.

Course Taught

SOSC 7384 Engaging Difference: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Diversity and Inclusion

Michael Keevak

Dr. Michael Keevak received his B.A. (English and History) from Columbia and his Ph.D. (Renaissance Studies) from Yale, and since 1992 has been teaching in Taiwan, where he is a Professor of Foreign Languages at National Taiwan University. He has published four books, including three on the history of Western perceptions of the Far East. His most recent publication is Becoming Yellow: A Short History of Racial Thinking, published by Princeton University Press in 2011.

Course Taught

SOSC 7371 The Languages of Advertising

Brad Klein

Dr. Brad Klein is a social and environmental justice educator and activist specializing in program leadership, curriculum development, and immersion education. Klein has worked as an educator at the high school, college, and graduate school levels. Before coming to SMU in 2013, he served as Coordinator for the Justice and Peace Program and Adjunct Faculty at the Iliff School of Theology. Klein has led educational and economic development projects in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and throughout the United States. He has also participated in activist efforts related to American Indian liberation, refugee outreach, restorative justice, poverty eradication, educational equity, ending sexual assault and torture, and immigration reform. Klein's research has focused on topics including: political ecology; food justice; the pedagogy of privilege; conflict resolution; cross cultural dialogue, colonialism, nonviolent activism, the rights of indigenous peoples; and culturally appropriate and sustainable development. Klein holds a degree in Religious and Theological Studies from the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology (PhD, 2012). He also holds degrees in Peace and Justice Studies (MA, 2008) and Pastoral Care and Counseling (MA, 2006) from the University of San Diego, as well as in Sociology and Theology from Marquette University (BA, 2002).

Course Taught

SOSC 7379 Ethics and Human Rights

LaiYee Leong

Research Fellow at the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies

Dr. Leong received her B.A. (1994) and Ph.D. in Political Science (2008) from Yale University. At SMU, Dr. Leong teaches undergraduate courses in Comparative Politics, the Politics of Southeast Asia, the Politics of the Middle East, and the Politics of Islam. She also teaches an SMU-in-Bali Study Abroad course on Politics and Religions, as well as courses for the Continuing and Professional Education program. Dr. Leong's scholarship focuses on Islamic groups and ideological change; she is working on a book analyzing how such groups in Indonesia played a positive role in the country's democratization. She most recently contributed a chapter on Islam and the Indonesian state to a forthcoming volume titled "Sacred Matters, Stately Concerns: Essays on Faith and Politics in Asia." Dr. Leong's other research interests include regime transitions, social movements, and development. Dr. Leong is a native of Singapore, but has lived in various parts of the U.S. for two decades. Outside of academia, she has professional experience working as a news journalist covering political developments in Southeast Asia.

Course Taught

SOSC 6378 Mobilizations and Movements in Nondemocracies

Bruce Levy

PhD in American Studies from Brown University. Dr. Levy has published articles on late nineteenth century American Literature and Culture and the history of American social reform. He is currently completing a book on the Midwest and American Modernism, and is at work on a new book on the idea of economic freedom within American culture. At SMU, he directs the Center for Academic-Community Engagement, which involves students in coursework that engages them as well in community work. He teaches courses on Adolescence in America, Social Class and Democracy, the idea of "community" as both a lived and imagined experience, and the literatures of minorities.

Courses Taught

HUMN 6397 Troubled Youth in America
HUMN 7303 The Cultural Politics of Rock, Roll and Rap
HUMN 7382 Cultures of "Displacement:" The Writing of Race, Migration and Diaspora
HUMN 7397 Under the Influence: Discourses of Intoxication, Addiction, and Recovery

Michael Lindsey

Dr. Michael Lindsey is a lawyer and clinical psychologist. He received his B.A. degrees in psychology and political science from Johnson C. Smith University (Charlotte, N.C.). His Masters degrees were earned at the University of Louisville (teaching), and the University of Alabama (clinical-correctional psychology). Dr. Lindsey's legal studies were completed at Villanova Law School (Villanova, Pa), and his doctorate in clinical psychology was awarded at Hahnemann University (Philadelphia, Pa.).

Dr. Lindsey is an adjunct professor in the department of psychology, at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX; adjunct professor at the University of Nevada - Reno; and adjunct faculty for The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, in Reno, Nevada. He is a member of the Juvenile Justice Committee of the American Bar Association, and a member of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Lindsey serves as a consultant to numerous juvenile and judicial organizations.

Courses Taught

BSHC 6322 Abnormal Psychology of Mind, Body and Health
BHSC 6355 Psychology: The Discovery of Self
BHSC 7366 Adolescent Psychology

John A. Mears

Dr. John Mears received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, then spent three years at New Mexico State University before joining the faculty at SMU in 1967. A specialist in modem European history, he initially focused his attention on seventeenth-century Austria. As his interests broadened in the 1980s, he joined the World History Association, serving as its president from 1994 to 1996. He is currently completing a book that offers an interpretative overview of humanity's past, tentatively entitled To Be Human: A Perspective on Our Common History. Professor Mears has taught in the MLS program from its inception, regularly offering a round of three courses.

Courses Taught

SOSC 6367 Comparative Revolutions: A Historical Perspective
SOSC 6376 Intellectual and Cultural History of Modern Europe: Renaissance to Enlightenment
SOSC 6377 Intellectual and Cultural History of Modern Europe: Romanticism to the Present
SOSC 7330 Modernity and Crises of Identity
SOSC 7331 Warfare in the Modern World

María del Pilar Melgarejo

María del Pilar Melgarejo received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007. She has an M.A. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures with a Minor in Brazilian Literature and an M.A. in Philosophy from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá. Her B.A. is in Social Communication from the same university. She was a Professor at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and since the Fall of 2013 she teaches at the Department of World Languages and Literatures at SMU. Her book El lenguaje político de la regeneración en Colombia y México (2010) is the result of her research about nineteenth century Mexican and Colombian literature, a literary, philosophical and political approach to the idea of regeneration in the process of nation consolidation at that period. She is the author of several articles and book chapters. She most recently published "Race and poetry: tracing a bridge between centuries. From Candelario Obeso to Linton Kwesi Johnson" in Afro-Hispanic Review (2013).

Course Taught

HUMN 7376 Latin American Literature and Culture: Revolution, Magical Realism, Feminine Writing, Dictatorship and Immigration

Thomas R. McFaul

Dr. Thomas McFaul received his Ph.D. from Boston University in Sociology of Religion and Social Ethics. During his academic career of more than 40 years, he has taught a broad range of courses on several campuses, received 2 teaching awards, and held numerous administrative positions.

His scholarly interests combine Sociology, Ethics, Philosophy, and Religion. He is an emeritus faculty member at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois in Ethics and Religious Studies. He also has a passion for studying the future and is a long-standing member of the World Future Society. He has published many articles and 6 books, including a trilogy on the future: The Future of Peace and Justice in the Global Village: The Role of World Religions in the Twenty-First Century (2006), The Future of Truth and Freedom in the Global Village: Modernism and the Challenges of the Twenty-First Century (2010), and The Future of God in the Global Village: Spirituality in an Age of Terrorism and Beyond (2011).

In addition to his teaching and scholarship, Dr. McFaul has extensive administrative experience in creating new courses and programs. He has served as the Director of Human Sciences at the University of Houston/Clear lake, Dean of the Yale Gordon College of liberal Arts-University of Baltimore, and Vice President for Academic Affairs at George William College. His lifelong commitment to an interdisciplinary method of learning has led him to look for ways to combine multiple viewpoints that stretch beyond the boundaries of academic disciplines while integrating their best insights.

Courses Taught

BHSC 6319 Professional Ethics and Organizational Responsibility
HUMN 7361 Spiritual and Mystical Paths of Today: A Multifaith Exploration
SCCL 6303 Bioethics and Public Policy

Hugh Parmer

Hugh Parmer was appointed by President Clinton to lead the Humanitarian Response Bureau of the U. S. Agency for International Development. In that capacity he managed U. S. government humanitarian and disaster relief efforts in over eighty countries. He was on the ground during fourteen of those crises including famine in East Africa, hurricanes in the Caribbean, and the humanitarian relief efforts surrounding the Kosovo War. After his government service Mr. Parmer served as President of the American Refugee Committee, a private non-profit relief organization with 2000 employees and programs in a dozen disaster stricken countries. Prior to his ten year career in humanitarian relief, he was active in politics and local govenment in Texas serving as Mayor of Fort Worth and for eight years in the Texas State Senate. He is a licensed attorney and mediator in Fort Worth and an adjutant professor in the International Studies Program at the University of North Texas.

Courses Taught

HUMN 6321 International Humanitarian Aid in a Post Cold War World
SOSC 7358 Refugees and Displaced Persons: Victims of War and Genocide

Jennifer Parvin

Having spent over 25 years as a leader in urban education, Dr. Parvin is a scholar-practitioner who is committed to educational excellence and equity so that schools will be exciting and humane places for all. As a school principal, Dr. Parvin’s campus was named a Model Professional Learning Community Site, one of only two sites in Texas. Dr. Parvin was the Founding Director of Dallas ISD’s Leadership Academy providing innovative professional learning for Dallas’ 200+ principals. In addition to her M.S. and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (University of Texas at Arlington), Dr. Parvin also has a M.A. in Humanities from the University of Dallas. She holds the P.C.C. (Professional Certified Coach) credential from the International Coach Federation.

Dr. Parvin currently consults with districts, schools, non-profit and for-profit organizations on coaching, leadership development, strategic planning, organizational learning and transformation, as well as serving as an executive coach for educational and other organizational leaders.
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Courses Taught

  • BHSC 7368 Ensuring Success for All:Coaching Concepts and Practices for Educational and Organizational Leaders
  • BHSC 7369 Closing the Gap Between Potential and Performance: Coaching for Individual and Organizational Effectiveness
  • BHSC 7341 Creating an “Everyone Culture”: Coaching as a Catalyst for Positive Change in People and Organizations
  • BHSC 7350 Coaching by Design: Applied Learning for Educational and Organizational Leaders
  • HUMN 7385 Transforming Our Educational DNA:Looking Critically, Creatively and Reflectively at U.S. Public Education

Anthony Picchioni

Dr. Anthony Picchioni is an Adjunct Professor in Human Development. He has used his extensive knowledge and experience in negotiation, organizational behavior, conflict management, change management, succession planning, and dispute resolution to educate corporate executives and business people across the United States and abroad. With more than thirty years experience as a facilitator/ trainer, Dr. Picchioni has assisted in resolving all types of disputes, including those involving employment, commercial contracts, interdepartmental conflicts, and family matters. Dr. Picchioni received his Ph.D. from the University of North Texas in Counseling. He has also done extensive post-graduate studies in Dispute Resolution at The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, Pepperdine Law School and CDR Associates in Boulder, Colorado. He is published in areas relating to human development, counseling, psychology, philosophy, and history.

Courses Taught

BHSC 7158 Conflict and Communication (1 credit hour)
BHSC 7165 The Power of Negotiation (1 credit hour)
BHSC 7170 Human-Centered Leadership (1 credit hour)
BHSC 7358 Conflict and Communication
BHSC 7365 The Power of Negotiation
HUMN 6316 The Human Experience: Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies
HUMN 7357 Intercultural Communication

Jody Potts

B.S., Baylor University; M.A., Southern Methodist University; Ph.D., University of North Texas

Dr. Jody Potts' research and teaching focus on the biographical aspects of the American experience. Through the writings of key Americans, her course Ideas Shaping the American Character explores the ideas--political, economic, religious, social, intellectual, and artistic--that shaped the American character from the Puritan Era through the twentieth century. An additional research interest involving left and right brain learning concepts resulted in Dr. Potts' creation of an MLS course titled The Lively Mind: Creative and Critical Thinking.

Dr. Potts has served as University Spokesperson on the Texas Council for Social Studies Textbook Adoption Review Committee and as a member of the TCSS curriculum committee. She is a member the Department of History Advisory Council and the Teaching of History Conference Advisory Board at the University of North Texas and is a past member of the Presidents' Circle of the National Academy of Sciences. During the summer she teaches courses at the Chautauqua Institution in New York. In 2001 she was honored as an outstanding alumna of the University of North Texas.

Dr. Potts is the founder of Lively Mind Seminars, a national consulting firm offering left/right brain learning seminars for education, government, and business organizations. Participants include The University of Texas at Austin Senior Faculty, the New York City Association of Middle School Principals, the New York City United Federation of Teachers, and The Wall Street Journal executives.

Courses Taught

BHSC 6315 The Lively Mind: Creative and Critical Thinking
SOSC 6332 Ideas Shaping the American Character, Part I, 1607-1877
SOSC 6333 Ideas Shaping the American Character, Part II, 1877-2000

Sara Romersberger

SMU Associate Professor of Theatre
M.A., University of Illinois

Sara Romersberger, Movement Specialist, holds a B.S. in theatre education from Illinois State University, an M.A. in dance from the University of Illinois, and a Certificate of Mime/Movement from Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris, France. Lecoq-based movement classes include placement, acrobatics, neutral and character mask, masks of the Commedia Dell' Arte, European clown, historical movement styles (Renaissance and Restoration) and dance of the 20th century.

Her professional work in the Dallas area since 2000 includes directing Tripping the Light Fantastic for the Festival of Independent Theaters and creating or coaching movement, dance and/or fight choreography for Macbeth, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream- the musical, As You Like It, A Comedy of Errors, The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) at the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas; for Anna in the Tropics, Hamlet, Wit and Crumbs From the Table of Joy at The Dallas Theater Center; for Greendale, Waiting for the Train, Blasted, The Late Henry Moss, A Man's Best Friend, and Silence at the Undermain Theatre; for Misery at Circle Theatre in Fort Worth; and for The Last Five Years at the Plano Repertory Theatre as well as additional shows at Theatre Three, Classical Acting Company and Contemporary Theatre of Dallas. She was a winner of a Dallas Theatre Critics award and a 2005 Rabin award for Special Recognition for Outstanding Choreography for her work on The Wrestling Season at Dallas Children's Theatre.

Course Taught

FNAR 6316 History, Humanity and Humor: Physical Comedy and Beyond
HUMN 7350 Community Development and Innovation through the Arts

Martha Satz

Dr. Martha Satz exploits her dual background in philosophy and literature and experience in trans-racial culture to teach and write about a diversity of topics. She teaches courses in minority literature, most notably African American and Jewish American literature, ethics and children's literature, literature and disability, and ethics and literature. She is on leave fall 2006 to complete a work on literature, culture, and trans-racial adoption.

Courses Taught

HUMN 6308 Women's Lives and Literature
HUMN 6316 The Human Experience: An Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies
HUMN 6319 Ethics and Literature
HUMN 6341 Ethics of Children's Literature
HUMN 6396 Literature and the Culture of Disability

Carmen Smith

Dr. Carmen Smith is Director of Education at the Meadows Museum where she designs and oversees programs for a large, diverse audience on and off campus. She received her undergraduate degree in Business and Spanish from Marquette University, her Masters degree in Museum Science from Texas Tech University, and her doctorate in Art Education from the University of North Texas. Dr. Smith has over 25 years of experience as an art museum professional, including three years as Family and Special Programs Coordinator at the Kimbell Art Museum and twelve years working in several capacities at the Dallas Museum of Art. She has broad teaching experience with different age groups in both the museum and classroom settings. As Adjunct Professor at the University of North Texas, she taught classes in art education and aesthetics. Before joining SMU in 2007, when working in the museums she missed the college students, and when working in the university she missed the objects. Her position at the Meadows Museum offers her the best of both worlds.

Courses Taught

FNAR 6387 Inspiring Creativity through Original Art
FNAR 6390 Evocation, Narratives and Nature: Understanding 18th-19th Century Romanticism
FNAR 7350 Art and Culture of the Italian Renaissance
FNAR 7383 The Art and Culture of Spain

Lori Ann Stephens

Lori Ann Stephens received her Ph.D. in Aesthetic Studies, an interdisciplinary degree of history, philosophy, fine art, and literature, from the University of Texas at Dallas and joined the faculty at SMU in 2005. Her long-time interest in Southern literary narrative, the Grotesque, and trauma narratives culminated in her doctorate on mother/daughter relationships in Southern literature.

Lori is the author of Song of the Orange Moons and three novels for young people: Novalee and the Spider Secret (Dragonfeather Press, Nov 2018), Pierre François: 5th Grade Adventures (BRW, Jan 2018) and Some Act of Vision (ASD Press, winner of the 2014 National Reader’s Choice Award, RWA). Her award-winning short stories have been published in Glimmer Train Stories, The Chicago Tribune, and several literary journals. After winning the English National Opera mini-opera libretto contest, judged by Neil Gaiman and Jeremy Sams, Lori was commissioned as a librettist by composers in England and the U.S.; her collaborations have been staged in London, Minneapolis, and Dallas.

Before joining SMU, Lori was the managing editor of Sojourn Literary Journal (now titled Reunion) and taught creative writing courses at UTD. She continues to present workshops for both teenagers and adults at literary festivals. When she’s not teaching writing or leading the Teaching Practicum for first-year graduate instructors at SMU, she’s probably at home writing a screenplay or a novel or an opera libretto. Follow Lori’s newest projects at

Course Taught

SOSC 7350 Special Topics: The Presidency and the Press

Joyce Stubblefield

Ms. Stubblefield started her career in the environmental field in 1977. Her work experience includes three years with the Department of Energy at the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory mitigating environmental impacts for the project.

Ms. Stubblefield received her B.S. degree in Mathematics from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and a MBA in Management at Amber University in Garland, Texas. She is an Environmental Associate Auditor for the International Organization for Standardization ISO 14001. She earned two Sustainability Certificates from Southern Methodist University (SMU) School of Engineering and last year received LEED Green Associate Credentials in August 2010. Ms. Stubblefield received her Masters (MA) in Sustainability and Development from the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, August 2012.

Courses Taught

BHSC 7335 Sustainability Leadership: An Introduction to Organizational Sustainability Leadership
SCCL 6397 Earth Matters: Introduction to Global Environmental Quality
SCCL 7303 Climate Change and Society

Omar Suleiman

Omar Suleiman is the Founder and President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research. He is also the Resident Scholar at Valley Ranch Islamic Center and Co-Chair of Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square. He is a Phd. candidate in Islamic Thought and Civilization at the International Islamic University of Malaysia.

Courses Taught

SOSC 7382 Modern Islamic Movements
SOSC 7383 Islam and the American Civil Rights Movement

Charles Sullivan

Dr. Charles Sullivan is currently chair of the Department of History at the University of Dallas, where he also teaches in the Human Sciences department and the History and Philosophy of Science program. He received his B.A. degree from George Mason University and M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University, and has also taught at Columbia University, New York University, and Reed College. His research centers on the history of the social sciences with a particular emphasis on the history of political economy. He is the recipient of the University of Dallas’s 2012 King Award for scholarship and teaching.

Courses Taught

SCCL 7330 Science, Technology,and Society
SOSC 6344 Contemporary Economics
SOSC 7354 The Intellectual History of Capitalism

Gary D. Swaim

Dr. Gary D. Swaim enters his eighth year of teaching in the Graduate Liberal Studies program and serves as the Faculty Adviser for the Creative Writing Emphasis, Pony Express(ions), and the Director of The Writer's Feast. Reared in California, he received his A.B. degree in English at the University of California, Riverside and his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Philosophy at the University of Redlands, in cooperation with the Claremont Graduate University. He has published several poetry chapbooks, been featured in 8 Voices: Contemporary Poetry from the American Southwest, published in The New Yorker and internationally in the Ukraine. His most recent full-length publication was published in 2014 by Resource Publications of Wipf and Stock Publishers. He, additionally, has multiple short stories published and has produced and directed several of his own plays, including Two to Waken Him, based on the closing years in the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

His artwork has been published broadly, as well, and he continues with his current writing which includes ongoing poetry and the early stages of his novel-in-progress. Dr. Swaim is a Minnie-Stevens-Piper Professor of Excellence for the state of Texas, was the founding Dean of Undergraduate Studies for Alfred North Whitehead College of the University of Redlands (in California), was twice awarded the NISOD (National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development) Award of Excellence, and is a Senior Poet Laureate of Texas.

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Courses Taught

FNAR 6301 Action! Dramatic Writing: Screenwriting
FNAR 6308 Creating Truths
FNAR 6315 Creating the Memoir
FNAR 6394 Creating Poetry
FNAR 7360 Creating the Short Story
FNAR 7365 Creating the Novel
FNAR 7366 Creating the Stage Play
FNAR 7375 Religion in Theatre and Film
HUMN 6316 The Human Experience
HUMN 6356 Oral Interpretation of Literature
HUMN 7301 Greek Mythology and Literature
HUMN 7336 Creativity: Historical and Personal
HUMN 7350 The Essence of Mentoring: From Socrates to Dylan

Herve Tchumkam

A graduate from the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3 and the University of Pennsylvania, Hervé Tchumkam is an Associate Professor of French and Francophone Postcolonial Studies and a Fellow of the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU. Trained as a comparatist, his fields of interest include Comparative Postcolonial Studies, Literary Theory, Political Philosophy, African Studies and Human Rights. His publications include numerous essays and book chapters on contemporary fiction and politics with a connection to the (former) French colonies including hexagonal France, the Caribbean and North Africa. As editor, he has published an essay on postcolonial migrations in Africa and its Diaspora, and guest-edited two special issues of scholarly journals devoted respectively to the African Diaspora in France and Agamben, Philosophy and Social Sciences in Africa. He is the author of a monograph entitled State Power, Stigmatization and Youth Resistance Cultures in the French Banlieues: Uncanny Citizenship (2015). He is also the series editor of “Public Cultures of Africa and the Diaspora”, a book series for Muntu Press.

Course Taught

SOSC 7350, 001 Special Topics: The Human Condition in Africa

Rob Tranchin

Rob Tranchin is a writer, director and producer of documentary films and radio features. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College (Visual and Environmental Studies) and of New York University (Cinema Studies), and has lived and traveled extensively in Japan, where he worked as an assistant director to the Japanese film director Imamura Shohei. Tranchin is the recipient of a national Emmy Award for the four-part series The U.S.-Mexican War (1846-1848) and received a national Emmy Award nomination for Matisse & Picasso. Among his other national productions for PBS are For a Deaf Son, Roy Bedichek's Vanishing Frontier and Sweet Tornado: Margo Jones and the American Theater.

Courses Taught

FNAR 6305 From Sunrise to Psycho: Form and Meaning in the Cinema
FNAR 7377 Representing the Real: Form and Meaning in Documentary Film

Nicolay (Nick) Tsarevsky

Nicolay (Nick) Tsarevsky obtained his M.S. in theoretical chemistry and chemical physics in 1999 from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He joined Professor Kris Matyjaszewski's research group at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, as a Ph.D. student in 2000, and obtained his doctorate in 2005. He worked on the synthesis of functional polymers by atom transfer radical polymerization, and on development of rules for rational selection of the catalyst for various reaction media, including aqueous solvents. He was awarded the Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Award in Green Chemistry (2003), the Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research Award (2004), the Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Polymer Group Student Award (2004), as well as the Harrison Legacy Dissertation Fellowship (2004-5), and the National Starch & Chemical Award (2008). He has authored and coauthored 53 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 8 book chapters, a textbook for high school students, and several patents. He was Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University (2005-6), Associate Director of the CRP Consortium (2006), and a member of the founding team of ATRP Solutions, Inc., of which he served as Chief Science Officer (2007-10). He was secretary (2005) and chair (2006) of the Polymer Group of the Pittsburgh Section of ACS, as well as chair of the Section (2009). He joined the Department of Chemistry at Southern Methodist University in the Summer of 2010. His current work focuses on the synthesis and applications of polymers with controlled molecular architecture and functionality.

Courses Taught

FNAR 6307 Chemistry and Technology in Art: From Antiquity to the Industrial Revolution
FNAR7368 Science on the Stage

John M. Vernon

JD, St. Mary's University; B.A., The University of Texas at Austin

Mr. Vernon is a practicing attorney, licensed in Texas, Utah, and the District of Columbia, with Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, who advises and counsels clients on cross-border international and domestic transactions, international trade, and international franchising. He has taught seminars and spoken as a guest lecturer at law schools both in the US and in many other countries. Mr. Vernon is also adjunct faculty to the SMU Dedman School of Law.

Mr. Vernon has taken an active role in dealing with human rights issues both in the US and abroad. He is involved with Texas Appleseed, where he participates in the pro bono representation of juveniles in the state of Texas who were denied representation of counsel in crucial detention hearings. In addition, he is a member of the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute, a leading voice in international human rights and the promotion of the rule of law, where he works closely with other international counsel and foreign bar associations reviewing and making comment to Human Rights Institute investigations being conducted in countries with known, on-going human rights violations. Further, he has participated in Human Rights Institute programs analyzing the process of pre-trial detention, access to legal representation and the criminal justice system in several Sub-Saharan African countries. He has also participated in a variety of human rights and international trade projects related to work in Sub-Saharan Africa, most prominently, Malawi. Also, Mr. Vernon is involved with establishing a law school in Livingstonia, Malawi, to educate law students, clergy and attorneys in International Human Rights Law.

Courses Taught

HUMN 6326 Indigenous Peoples' Rights in a Global Economy
SOSC 6301 Terrorism, Torture and International Law
SOSC 7305 Special Topics in Human Rights: Middle East: Sharia Law and Human Rights
SOSC 7324 The Impact of the Arab Spring on Israel and the Middle East
SOSC 7359 International Human Rights

Ben Voth

Director of Debate
Associate Professor of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs

Associate Prof. Ben Voth, Ph.D., of SMU's Corporate Communications and Public Affairs division is director of Debate and an advisor to the Bush Institute. He is an expert in debate and persuasion.

Voth works with a variety of individuals such as Holocaust survivors, national speech champions, top speakers in debate, community advocates, and government leaders to ensure that the human value of being heard is instilled. His research in rhetoric and argumentation studies helps clarify how persuasion can work to improve society, whether discerning the symbolic processes driving genocide around the globe or understanding how comedy relieves our sense of anxiety about politics.

Courses Taught

BHSC 6302 The Art of Public Speaking
SOSC 7350 The Great Debates of the Civil Rights Movement
SOSC 7364 Communication to Reduce Human Injustice: Genocide

Andrew Weaver

Andrew Weaver has served as an adjunct professor in the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering and taught a course of the same name (ME 7303 - Organizational Leadership) as part of the Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Management (MSM) program. Presently, he is the Vice President of Strategy & Policy for a $8 billion retailer. A student and practitioner of leadership for the last two decades, he has led organizations from 5 to 5,000. His degrees include: M.A National Security & Strategic Studies, U.S. Naval War College 1998; M.P.A. Public Administration, Troy State University 1994; and B.S. in Business from the University of California, Berkeley 1980.

Courses Taught

BHSC 6320 Organizational Leadership
BHSC 7350 Leadership in Five Acts: Shakespeare's Leadership in Plays
BHSC 7362 Understanding Strategy: Government, Business and Social Movements