Dedman College 2021
Jasper Neel, professor of English in Dedman College, joined the SMU faculty in 1997 after an extensive career at Baylor University, New York University, Francis Marion University, Northern Illinois University, the University of Waterloo and Vanderbilt University. He earned his B.A. at Mississippi College and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee. At SMU, he served as dean of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and vice provost of the University. Professor Neel was honored with the HOPE Award, the Outstanding Professor Award, the M Award, the President's Associates Faculty Achievement Award, the Willis M. Tate Award for Outstanding Faculty Service, the Outstanding SMU Faculty Member Award and the Outstanding University Administrator Award. His major research focus is rhetoric, classics and literary criticism. He has published three books, edited four annuals and a journal, 10 book chapters, 18 journal articles, many reviews, given over 20 invited lectures and presented over 30 papers at national and international conferences. He retires as professor emeritus of English.