Ronald K. Wetherington
Dedman College 2017
Ronald K. Wetherington, professor of anthropology in Dedman College, joined SMU's faculty in 1964 as a founding member of SMU's Department of Anthropology, becoming a tenured professor in 1972. He earned his B.A. in zoology from Texas Tech University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Anthropology at the University of Michigan. He has published numerous scientific articles and books, including a monograph on the Pot Creek Pueblo at SMU-in-Taos, Ceran St. Vrain: American Frontier Entrepreneur (2012), and Readings in the History of Evolutionary Theory (2011). His honors include the H.O.P.E. Teaching Award, the "M" Award and the Rotunda Outstanding Professor Award. He served as chair of the Commission on Teaching and Learning and was founding director of SMU's Center for Teaching Excellence. He received the Friend of Darwin Award from the National Council for Science Education for his defense of science literacy as a reviewer of science textbooks for the state of Texas. He also received the Grassroots Hero Award from the Texas Freedom Network. His SMU service includes Department of Anthropology chair, Faculty Senate - including a term as president - and director of the Fort Burgwin Research Center in Taos, NM. He retires as Professor Emeritus of Anthropology.