Faculty and Staff

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Every day, SMU faculty and staff help shape the lives of countless students, peers and community members. Their efforts – whether in the office or in the classroom, locally or abroad – create world changers.

In addition to your time and talent, your current-use gift as part of SMU’s annual faculty and staff giving effort has an immediate impact on students today. Your ongoing support powers the ambitious efforts of SMU students who will no doubt change the world in the years ahead.

Make the gift that makes sense for you.

Giving to SMU has never been easier. Many faculty and staff choose to make a recurring gift by payroll deduction. Others make their gift online by charging their credit card monthly, quarterly or annually.

SMU’s annual faculty and staff campaign began in 2009 and continues to showcase the strength and commitment we each bring to our profession and to the students of SMU. SMU is one of the nation’s leading universities because of the work and service we perform together.

Last year more than 48 percent of SMU’s faculty and staff gave to SMU. This year, our goal is to raise $175,000 in current-use funds from 50 percent of our colleagues. Thank you in advance for your support.

Fredrick I. Olness and Jennifer “JJ” Jones ’93, ’99
Co-chairs of the Faculty and Staff Campaign

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Track Our Progress

School or Area Progress Donor Goal Donors Still Needed
121 94
Business and Finance
143 105
SMU Libraries
54 39
Cox School of Business
144 79
Dedman College of Humanities & Sciences
164 91
Dedman School of Law
55 39
Development and External Affairs
144 79
Legal Affairs
10 4
Lyle School of Engineering
57 35
Meadows School of the Arts
119 92
Office of Information Technology
92 48
Office of the President
21 9
Office of the Provost
125 84
Perkins School of Theology
61 31
Simmons School of Education and Human Development
79 55
Student Affairs
61 37
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Impact Stories

Dorm, life

For most, dorm life is a short interlude between living at home with your parents and your first apartment. For Dedman College chemistry professor David Son, returning to the dorm—with his wife and two children—was an opportunity to build a community, and more community-minded SMU students. Learn how he engages SMU students with family meals and a parent’s care.

Meet ”Evie,“ the Mobile Greenhouse

The SMU Fund propels academic centers and community engagement efforts that make possible hands-on projects such as Evie, an experimental mobile greenhouse developed by students at the Hunt Institute for Engineering to help low-income communities access fresh produce. Read more.

Support the Student Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund provides immediate grants to students who find themselves in unexpected financial crises. Previous grants have included a grocery gift card to carry a student through until her financial aid package was in place and air transportation home for a student whose mother was having emergency open heart surgery. Your gift to the Student Emergency Fund can truly change the lives of students in need.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is faculty and staff giving important to SMU? 2017-07-18T15:31:27-05:00

For two reasons. First, faculty, staff and alumni giving rates heavily influence corporate and foundation gifts to SMU. They look for a high level of support from our closest constituents. Second, by supporting the campaign’s three funding areas, your gift can help make SMU the best it can be.

How will my money be used? 2017-07-18T15:33:20-05:00

It’s up to you.There are a variety of areas to support, and your donation can support a school dean’s fund, SMU Fund, President’s Partners, Mustang Club or building/capital project. If you want to support President’s Partners, your money will be used by departments applying for those funds.

How is faculty and staff participation measured? 2017-07-18T15:33:51-05:00

Faculty and staff participation is measured by the number of current full-time faculty and staff donors divided by the total number of current full-time and permanent part-time SMU faculty and staff. Participation is measured by a cash gift, whether that gift is made via payroll deduction, a planned gift, an outright gift of a check, credit card or a pledge payment on a new or existing pledge.

What if I’m a part-time employee or a retired member of the community? 2017-07-18T15:34:35-05:00

We encourage all of SMU’s faculty and staff, past and present, to give to the annual campaign.

Do all gifts support the annual campaign? 2017-07-18T15:48:42-05:00

All gifts, no matter the size or the area (designation) chosen, support the annual Faculty & Staff Campaign.

Is there a minimum amount for a donation? 2017-07-18T15:49:17-05:00

There is a $5 minimum for all gifts including cash, check, credit card and payroll deduction gifts (by pay period). All gifts of $5 or more will be counted in the campaign.

What if I want to give to my department? 2017-07-18T15:49:42-05:00

If you department has a fund-raising designation, you may give to it.

Can I still support President’s Partners? 2017-07-18T15:50:21-05:00

Yes! President’s Partners continues to be a strategic funding priority for the University. All gifts to President’s Partners will be counted in the campaign.

Will my gift be confidential? 2017-07-18T15:51:10-05:00

Your name will be included on donor lists unless you choose to opt out of our donor lists. If you are a President’s Associates member, your name and gift amount will be published on that list according to giving level and the number of years you’ve given; however, you may also choose to opt out of that list.

What if I have additional questions? 2017-07-18T15:51:36-05:00

If you have additional questions, please email fsgiving@smu.edu.

President’s Partners

SMU faculty and staff members directly support the work of their colleagues and enhance the student experience through the President’s Partners program.

Since the introduction of the program, gifts to the President’s Partners program have funded a number of important projects. For example,  grant recipient Professor Rob Rouse of the Simmons School of Education and Human Development, received 15 Rasperry Pi starter kits and accessories that he is using to teach physical computing and associate science, technology, engineerng and Mathatmatics (STEM) concepts to teachers.  Another recipient, Professor Blake hackler of the Meadows School of the Arts, was able to purchase a Panasonic DMC Mirror-less camera kita and Rode VMGO lightweight microphone for use in gathering documentation for current research, which involves methods of embodied pedagogy.

Gifts can be made by payroll deduction, credit card, or check. Donors who give $100 or more each fiscal year (June 1 through May 31) will receive special recognition.

For inquiries about President’s Partners program grants, contact the Provost’s Office at 214-768-2816. For questions about the President’s Partners program, please e-mail fsgiving@smu.edu or call 214-768-4748.


Based on the number of years of giving, faculty and staff who give at least $100 in SMU’s fiscal year to the President’s Partners program receive one of these pins.

  • Year 1 — Red
  • Year 2 — Blue
  • Year 3 — Gold
  • Year 4 — Platinum
  • Year 5 — Gold with ruby
  • Year 10 — Platinum with Sapphire


Name Title School Department Requested Equipment or Materials
Bierman, Sue Director, LEC University LEC Rolling tables for A-LEC multiple use classrooms to permit varying set-up options to allow for meetings, committees, projects groups etc.
Hackler, Blake Associate Professor Meadows Theatre Panasonic DMC Mirror-less camera kit and Rode VMGO lightweight microphone for use in gathering documentation of current research, which involves methods of embodied pedagogy.
Kirk, Rita Professor Meadows Corporate Communications Audio and visual recording equipment to support podcast development in CCPA
Molanphy, Brian Associate Professor Meadows Art Enduring Images color decal printer to create interdisciplinary links with printmaking and lens-based technologies, consistent with local emphasis on electronic technologies
Pagels, Pamela Music and Theatre Librarian SMU Libraries Hamom Art Library New Bluetooth enabled technologies to replace aging equipment in the audiovisual instructional technology cart.  Equipment to include Apple TV streaming device, audio speakers, adapter and cart with locking cabinet
Rouse, Rob Clinical Assistant Professor Simmons Teaching & Learning Class set (15) of Raspberry Pi stater kits to teach physical computing and associate science, technology, engineering, and mathmatics (STEM) concepts to teachers.



Fredrick I. Olness, Co-chair
Jennifer “JJ” Jones ’93, ’99, Co-chair


Kurt Pottkotter
Darrick Roberson

Business and Finance


SMU Libraries

Carolyn Keenon
Julia Stewart

Cox School of Business

Jim Bryan
Don Shelly

Dedman College

Luisa del Rosal ’08,’15

Dedman School of Law

Becca Henley
JoAnn Hubbard

Development and External Affairs

Matt Hunt

Legal Affairs

Paul Ward

Lyle School of Engineering

Thomas Siems
Emily Newsome

Meadows School of the Arts

Jay Hengst
Christopher Dolder

Perkins School of Theology

Ellen Frost ’85


Office of the President


Office of Information Technology

Aren Cambre ’99, ’03, ’14

Provost/Academic Affairs


Simmons School of Education and Human Development


Student Affairs

Renee’ Gibson ’05

Ex-Officio Members

R. Gerald Turner
Brad E. Cheves