Dedman College 2013
William Beauchamp, Associate Professor of French in Dedman College, earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University, where he began his teaching career. After joining the SMU faculty in 1974, he designed and taught a wide range of courses, including French, French literature, gender studies, semiotics and religious and philosophical thought. He pioneered the study of gay literature at SMU, teaching the first course in the 1980s. Beauchamp served as area chair of French for many years and as chair of SMU's Department of World Languages and Literatures from 1995 to 2000. He has written essays on semiotics and structuralism and articles on literature and political issues for newspapers such as
The New York Times and The Dallas Morning News. In 1993 he was awarded SMU's Perrine Prize, recognizing outstanding teaching and scholarship, and in 2006 he was named an Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor at SMU. He retires as Professor
Emeritus of French.