Dedman College 2017
Willard Spiegelman, the Duwain E. Hughes, Jr. Distinguished Professor of English, joined the SMU faculty in 1971. He received an A.B. from Williams College and A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. At SMU Professor Spiegelman's courses have dealt with British and American poetry. In 1984, he became editor-in-chief of Southwest Review, one of the nation's oldest and most storied literary reviews. He also served a term as English department chair. A prolific author, he has written a dozen books, which include literary criticism, essays, lectures and memoirs. He has authored nearly 200 scholarly articles, reviews and biographical entries, and has contributed over 300 reviews for The Wall Street Journal, the Dallas Morning News, D Magazine and other publications. He has received fellowships and awards from the Guggenheim, Fulbright, Rockefeller, and Amy Clampitt foundations, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and PEN/America. His SMU honors include the Perrine Medal and the SMU Outstanding Professor award. As part of SMU's Centennial Celebration, his former students hosted a reception in his honor featuring his reflections from over 40 years of illustrious scholarship, teaching and service. He retires as Professor Emeritus of English.