Smith, a UT Arlington assistant professor of art and art history, whose work has
been recognized by numerous film festivals and eligible for an Academy Award nomination,
has been named the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor in the College of
appointment takes effect Sept. 1.
is really an honor to have been granted this prestigious professorship so early
in my academic career,” said Smith, 31, who joined the University in 2009.
established the professorship in 2010 through a gift that doubled in value
through the University’s Maverick Match program. Maverick Match uses natural
gas royalties to leverage new commitments.
Elsenbaumer, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said the
appointment is a result of Smith’s “outstanding record of teaching, research
and service at UT Arlington and comes with the full support of his colleagues
in the college.”
teaches film writing, directing and editing. He has received critical praise
for his short films, which have screened at dozens of film festivals across the
first full-length feature, “Wolf,” premiered last month at the South by
Southwest Film Festival in Austin and is to be screened at the Dallas
International Film Festival this weekend. The film explores the tough topic of
sex abuse and the church.
directing and editing… it’s hard for me to separate myself from either of these
because I enjoy each one equally,” Smith said. “I love delving into socially
conscious subject matter and showcasing cultures that aren’t widely seen on
short film, “Katrina’s Son,” received critical praise last year, was shown at
several film festivals including Cannes and was a contender in the Film Shorts
category of the 2012 Oscars.
Wright, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, said the University is delighted with
Smith’s selection as the first Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor.
films are works of exceptional talent, intelligence and compassion,” she said.
“The University is fortunate to have as a faculty member such a brilliant
creator and inspiring teacher.”
a longtime supporter of the University, grew up in Arlington. He graduated from
North Texas Agricultural College (now UT Arlington) in 1948 and was named a
Distinguished Alumnus in 1969. During his long acting career, he co-starred in more
than 250 movies and television shows, including Dallas, Logan’s Run and Gunsmoke.
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