John E. Ubelaker
Dedman College 2015
John E. Ubelaker, Professor of Biological Sciences in Dedman College, joined the SMU faculty in 1968. He earned both B.A. and M.A. degrees in zoology at the University of Kansas, followed by a Ph.D. in parasitology at Colorado State University. Before coming to SMU, he spent a year at Emory University as a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral Fellow. At SMU his research in parasitology was funded by the NIH. His recent work has included identification and collection of the flora of North Central New Mexico. Professor Ubelaker served as chair of the SMU Biological Sciences Department from 1990-2001 and as director of SMU-in-Taos from 1992-2006, during a period of significant growth and development of the University's campus in Northern New Mexico. He was best known to students for his courses in parasitology and plant biology on the Dallas campus and for various field biology courses at SMU-in-Taos. For his service and teaching, he has been honored with the President's Associates Outstanding Faculty Award and the "M" Award, SMU's most prestigious recognition. He also was selected as an Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor. He retires as Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences.