Retired Faculty
2009 - Present

Verónica G. León 
Dedman College  2022

Verónica G. León, senior lecturer of Spanish in Dedman College's Department of World Languages and Literatures, joined SMU's faculty as an adjunct instructor in 1994 and became a full-time lecturer in 1995. She earned her B.A. in Letras Españolas at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico, M.A. at Indiana State University and Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin. Over her decades of service, she has taught all levels of Spanish, from beginning language classes to advanced studies of Spanish American literature. Her dedication to teaching advanced Spanish for heritage speakers is perhaps her most lasting legacy. She also inspired generations of students to become world changers by directing two popular summer abroad programs, SMU-in-Xalapa from 2000 to 2010 and SMU-in-Costa Rica from 2011 to 2019. She served on the Education Abroad Committee for many years, was the Spanish advisor from 2005 to 2010, and participated in countless departmental committees. Additionally, she has been the faculty advisor for the Kappa Delta Chi sorority since 2004. She was nominated four times by students for the HOPE Professor of the Year award, and in 2009, she was recognized with the Rotunda Outstanding Professor award.