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Professor Mayo selected for SMU Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award

Professor Thomas Mayo has been selected for the SMU Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award by the University's Center for Teaching Excellence. Professor Mayo has been teaching at SMU Dedman School of Law since 1984.

Each year since 2001, the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Awards recognize four SMU faculty members for their commitment to and achievements in fostering student learning. "These are faculty whose concerns for higher education go beyond classroom boundaries and often the boundaries of their own discipline," according to the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) website. "They represent the highest achievement in reaching the goals of higher education." The professorships are named for SMU Trustee Ruth Altshuler.

Each recipient receives a $10,000 award for their two year appointment as Altshuler Professors and become permanent members of SMU’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Members participate actively with other members of the Academy to address issues in classroom teaching.

"In the hustle-bustle academic world of 'publish or perish,'" said Professor Mayo, "it's easy to imagine that what goes on in the classroom is somehow devalued. I don't think that has ever been true at SMU, and this award provides the university with a way to communicate to our students and the rest of the world that teaching continues to be valued. I am humbled by the accomplishments of this great teaching faculty and by the commitment of the Altshulers, the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Provost, and the Board to make sure we don't lose sight of the main reason we are here."

Professor Mayo will be honored for this accomplishment at a future time

For more information on current Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors, click here.

Professor Mayo also named a Fellow of the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute for the 2012-2013 academic year

The newly-established Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute will bring together faculty and students from the humanities, sciences and social sciences for collaborative research and other programs. The Institute’s projects will also reach beyond Dedman College to the broader University and the Dallas-Fort Worth region. Unlike interdisciplinary centers at other universities, the Institute will engage undergraduates as well as graduate students and faculty.

A $5 million gift from the Dedman family and The Dedman Foundation created the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.

For more information on the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute, click here.

Professor Mayo's recent publications include:
  • “Twyla Tharp Goes to Law School: On the Use of the Visual and Performing Arts in Professional Education,” in BEYOND TEXT IN LEGAL EDUCATION – VOL. II: THE MORAL IMAGINATION AND THE LEGAL LIFE (Ashgate Press, 2012).

Recent presentations include:
  • “Health Care in [the Supreme] Court: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Trial,” UT-Southwestern Medical School, November 15, 2011
  • “Ethical Issues in Pediatrics,” UT-Southwestern Medical School Pediatrics Interest Group, December 7, 2011
  • “The Texas Medical Futility Law,” National College of Probate Judges, 2012 Spring Meeting, Tucson, May 4, 2012
  • “Donation after Cardiac Death and the ‘Dead Donor Rule’,” Dallas Bar Association, June 20, 2012
  • "Health Reform After the Supreme Court's Decision: Where Do We Go From Here?," UT-Southwestern Medical School, July 11, 2012