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In 2014, as part of its Second Century Celebration, SMU is celebrating the Year of the Faculty, marking the extraordinary contributions of the University's esteemed faculty as researchers, teachers and global citizens. The following highlights 19 of our Meadows faculty members and their remarkable work.

Stefan Engels
THE EXTRAORDINARY ORGANIST
Professor of Music, Chair of the Organ
Department and Leah Young Fullinwider
Centennial Chair in Music Performance

Engels is an internationally acclaimed organist and has taught master classes and performed in cities worldwide. He won the Concerto Gold Medal at the 1998 Calgary International Organ Competition and was a professor of organ at one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious musical institutions, the University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig, Germany.

Noah Simblist
THE CURATOR
Associate Professor and Chair of the
Division of Art

Noah Simblist is a prolific lecturer and curator. His focus is on art and politics in Israel-Palestine. He has contributed to Art Journal, Modern Painters, Art Papers, Art Lies, Art21 and other publications. He’s also spoken on his scholarly research in Tel Aviv, Fort Worth and Dallas and done curatorial work in Austin. Simblist’s goal as chair will be to innovate initiatives in the Meadows Art Division and integrate it within the vibrant Dallas scene.

James Hart
THE ENTREPRENEUR
Director of Arts Entrepreneurship and Assistant Professor of Practice

A Meadows theatre alum, Hart founded TITAN Teaterakademi (The International Theatre Academy Norway), a full-time accredited conservatory for theatre entrepreneurship in Oslo. He recently co-founded the first society for arts entrepreneurship and hosted the first Arts Entrepreneurship Educators Conference at Meadows, a new national initiative for the growing field.

Stan Wojewodski, Jr.
BIG NIGHT MAKER
Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Division of Theatre

During his tenure at SMU, Wojewodski has taught directing and staged numerous Meadows productions as well as professional productions for Dallas theatres and around the country. He’s staged a wide range of plays and championed new writing all over the world, from The Abbey Theatre/Dublin to the Williamstown Theatre Festival. From 1991 to 2002 he was artistic director of the Yale Repertory Theatre and dean of the Yale School of Drama. In 2013 he was honored as Meadows Foundation Distinguished Teaching Professor.

Sandra Duhé
THE COMMUNICATOR
Associate Professor and Chair of Communication Studies; Director of Public Relations; Interim Associate Dean for Assessment & University Curriculum

Duhé oversees the popular public relations and strategic communication B.A., a field in which she is an acclaimed expert. Her book New Media and Public Relations is considered one of the top scholarly texts in the field, and in 2014 she was one of 15 professionals nationwide named to the Public Relations Society of America College of Fellows. This year, Duhé also joined the prestigious Arthur W. Page Society, an elite association composed of corporate communication and senior PR executives. Duhé is currently leading the exploration of a new idea for nonprofits.

Danny Buraczeski
THE JAZZ DANCER
Professor of Dance

A classic jazz stylist for over two decades, Bura-czeski recently developed and directed the 2012 and 2014 Teaching Jazz Dance symposiums, which brought together educators, choreographers and dancers from across the country. Formerly a dancer on Broadway, the award-winning Buraczeski has received multiple fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and has created works for the Boston Ballet, Ballet Memphis and the Zenon Dance Company.

Willie Baronet
THE SIGN COLLECTOR
Stan Richards Professor in Creative Advertising

In 2013, Baronet was named an AIGA Fellow for making a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence within the design community. He is currently on the board of directors for the Dallas Society of Visual Communications and the advisory board of the DFW AIGA. His ongoing art project involving buying and collecting signs from the homeless, titled “We Are All Homeless,” has been the subject of a TEDxSMU talk and has landed him on NPR’s All Things Considered, Huffington Post, Yahoo and the Dallas Observer’s 100 essential creative minds list.

Will Power
THE VERSE MENTOR
Meadows Theatre Artist-In-Residence

New York Magazine dubbed Will Power “the best verse playwright in America.” He’s recently produced hip-hop Shakespeare work for students and the London Olympics, opened a show off-Broadway, and become playwright-in-residence at the Dallas Theater Center (DTC), where he mentors emerging and mid-career professional playwrights. He is also working on the world premiere of Stagger Lee, a musical based on three African American folk tales, opening at the DTC in January.

Ira Greenberg
CODE ARTIST
Director of the Center of Creative Computation and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

Ira Greenberg has many talents: He’s a painter, 2D and 3D animator, print designer, web and interactive designer/developer, programmer, art director, creative director, managing director, art and computer science professor and author. He has written three books on the Processing programming language and is the recipient of two National Science Foundation grants. He is currently building a new 3D graphics library, called Protobyte, for developing artificial life forms.

Matt Albert
MUSIC PROJECT ENABLER
Artist-in-Residence and Director of Chamber Music and SYZYGY

As director of the chamber music program and SYZYGY new music ensemble at Meadows, Albert shepherds major musical projects that exist on the fringes of-or outside-the mainstream music curriculum. In 2014, Albert completed production of an exciting new album with violist and 2013 Meadows Prize winner Nadia Sirota, music alums and students. Three student chamber music ensembles, the Altius Quartet, the Isles Trio and Brazen Brass 5, won major national awards.

Clyde Valentín
THE URBAN ARTS INNOVATOR
Director of Arts and Urbanism

Prior to joining SMU, Valentín served as executive director of the New York City-based Hip-Hop Theater Festival. At Meadows, Valentín’s goal is to lead new programs that will integrate artistic practices with community engagement in Dallas and other urban centers across the country. He also oversees the Meadows Prize.

Jake Batsell
THE DIGITAL JOURNALIST
Assistant Professor of Journalism and Faculty Adviser to smudailycampus.com

Batsell is an SMU professor, ex-reporter and one of two national fellows at the Texas Tribune. He’s worked for the Dallas Morning News and Seattle Times and has written for Columbia Journalism Review, Newspaper Research Journal and more. He’s also the author of the forthcoming book Engaged Journalism: Connecting with Digitally Empowered Audiences.

Mark Roglán
THE INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATOR
Linda P. and William A. Custard Director of the Meadows Museum and Centennial Chair in the Meadows School of the Arts

In 2010, the king of Spain, Juan Carlos I, knighted SMU Meadows Museum Director Mark Roglán for his contributions to the arts. Roglán established an exclusive partnership with the Prado Museum and is currently planning an exciting year of events to celebrate the Meadows Museum’s 50th anniversary in 2015.

Zannie Voss
THE KEYMASTER TO THE ARTS
Professor and Chair of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship and Director of the National Center for Arts Research

Think of Zannie Voss as the counselor to the arts. Following the launch of the inaugural NCAR report, she co-authored white papers on gender bias in art museum director positions in the U.S. and whether NEA grants favor the wealthy. She completed these projects while being a member of the International Conference of Arts and Cultural Management, the board of trustees of Big Thought and TACA, and the board of directors of the Cultural Data Project.

Christopher Dolder
THE DANCE ARTIST/SCIENTIST
Assistant Professor of Dance

In 2013, Christopher Dolder was the dramaturge for SMU Dance’s Rite of Spring, named Best Dance Performance of the year in the Dallas Observer. His documentary on the production, Meadows at the Winspear, Rite of Spring, was selected for Dallas VideoFest 27. A former Martha Graham soloist, Dolder is also currently developing a new form of physical data capture in support of his research in dance kinesiology and just premiered his new work Handle, incorporating interactive “permeable” walls, video projections, creative computation and multiple-handled costuming.

Rita Men
LEGACY SCHOLAR
Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication, Communication Studies

Dr. Rita Linjuan Men was recently named an Arthur W. Page Center Legacy Scholar and was awarded a grant to fund research on how managerial leadership communication affects employee engagement. Men has worked internationally with L’Oreal, Ketchum and Alibaba Group. She is a prolific researcher and writer whose articles and essays have appeared in numerous leading journals.

Paul Phillips
THE MAESTRO
Professor of Music, Martha Raley Peak Centennial Chair and Director of Orchestral Activities

In 2013 Phillips was the first person appointed to the new Martha Raley Peak Centennial Professorship in Conducting at the Meadows School. Phillips has served since 1996 as music director and conductor of the highly acclaimed Meadows Symphony Orchestra and is a frequent guest conductor with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Brittany Ransom
THE HYBRID ARTIST
Assistant Professor of Digital/Hybrid Media and Video Art

As a member of the faculty of the Division of Art, Ransom works closely with the Center of Creative Computation to integrate the theory and methodology from computer science and engineering with artistic practice. Ransom’s work is not only interactive, it literally moves (follow Ransom on Twitter @BrittanyRansom to see). Ransom is the recipient of numerous arts council awards and scholarships, including the highly competitive Arctic Circle Research Residency (2013-14).

Tony Pederson
THE JOURNALISM ADVOCATE
Professor and The Belo Foundation Endowed Distinguished Chair in Journalism

Pederson spent 29 years at the Houston Chronicle as senior vice president and executive editor. His teaching at SMU focuses on media ethics, a subject on which he has written extensively. Pederson is a longtime activist for First Amendment and international press freedom issues and serves as a resource for media in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.