Retired Faculty
2009 - Present

C. Michael Hawn 
Perkins School of Theology  2017

C. Michael Hawn, University Distinguished Professor of Church Music and director of the Sacred Music program at Perkins School of Theology, joined the SMU faculty in 1992. He received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Wheaton College, and Master of Church Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Professor Hawn's SMU service includes chairing the Faculty Senate All-University Finance and Ethics and Tenure Committees, and preparing for 25 years the annual Perkins Christmas worship services. He initiated the Doctor of Pastoral Music degree at Perkins. His writings include more than 500 scholarly articles, columns, and books. At SMU, his honors include University Distinguished Professor of Church Music and the United Methodist Scholar/Teacher of the Year. He is a Fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Prior to SMU, he taught at two Baptist seminaries and served four congregations as Minister of Music. He has traveled to 40 countries on six continents studying world Christian music and liturgy, and serving as visiting professor in African and Asian seminaries. An ordained Baptist minister, he is a leader in ecumenical assemblies. He retires as University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Church Music.