Retired Faculty
2009 - Present

David  Haynes 
Dedman College  2019

David Haynes, professor of English in Dedman College, joined the SMU faculty in 1998 after earning his B.A. at Macalester College and his M.A. in Liberal Studies from Hamline University. Already an acclaimed novelist upon his appointment, Prof. Haynes has published seven novels and many short stories and essays. He has won nominations and prizes for his works, often for being one of the best books of the year. This has earned him invitations to read at prominent universities and festivals, to speak at high schools and to lead fiction workshops for the Hurston/Wright Foundation. The founder of the Kimbilio Project, for the past seven years Prof. Haynes has invited some of the nation's most promising African-American writers to SMU-in-Taos to workshop their materials and mentor their careers. At SMU he has not only taught highly popular Creative Writing and literature courses, but also served as the director of English's Creative Writing program from 2004 through 2016. Since 2012 Prof. Haynes has served on the board of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), first as a trustee, and from 2016 as chair. He retires as Professor Emeritus of English.