Dennis A. Foster
Dedman College 2021
Professor Dennis A. Foster served as the Daisy Dean Frensley Chair in English Literature in Dedman College. He joined the SMU faculty in 1983 after earning a B.A. at the University of California, Berkeley; M.A. at San Francisco State University; and Ph.D. at the University of California, Irvine. He served as chair of the department of English from 1996 to 2005 and president of the Faculty Senate from 2008 to 2009. Professor Foster was honored with the Distinguished University Citizen Award, with the M Award, as the Dedman Family Distinguished Professor and with the Margareta Deschner Teaching Award. His major research focus was literary and cultural criticism in American and Continental literatures, which led him to produce two monographs, one edited collection, numerous articles and reviews and over 30 papers presented at national and international conferences. He was the founding director of the Ph.D. program in English. He retires as professor emeritus of English.