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Search for Sundt professorship opens for Honors College

The Honors College of New Mexico State University announced that the first-ever competition has opened for the M. Eugene Sundt Endowed Professorship for the 2011-2012 academic year. The professorship aims to support the development of innovative teaching ideas and foster unique, experience-based classes for undergraduates at NMSU. All full-time faculty are welcome to apply by March 4, 2011.


The position comes with multiple lines of financial support. The selected professor will receive a salary increment of $10,000 plus a budget of approximately $10,000 to plan and finance a Sundt Honors Seminar, which is held in the spring semester of the awarded year for a select group of students. The budget for the seminar may cover costs for student travel, supplies, inviting outside speakers, and other activities, and must be structured to satisfy the requirements of the Viewing the Wider World course of General Education.

"This endowment will not only reward creative faculty but will give honors students a unique learning experience and will ultimately have a major impact on undergraduate education at NMSU," said William Eamon, dean of the Honors College. "The courses that will be developed under this professorship will be important additions to the undergraduate curriculum."

Faculty may apply by submitting a detailed proposal of their intended plan for the seminar, which is meant to be an intensive learning opportunity that takes students both inside and out of the traditional campus. The selected professor will have the opportunity in the fall semester to choose 15 students from an applicant pool of honors-eligible students to participate in the seminar as Sundt Honors Scholars. The professorship is chosen by a selection committee appointed by the Dean of the Honors College.

The Sundt Honors Professorship is made possible by an endowment from the family of M. Eugene Sundt. "Gene" Sundt was the grandson of the founder of the M.M. Sundt Construction Company, which began in New Mexico in 1890 and grew tremendously before relocating to Arizona. One of the firm's best-known projects in New Mexico was to build the town of Los Alamos in preparation for the Manhattan Project. In just 14 months they built homes, research buildings, and the infrastructure to support a community of military and technical personnel. Gene Sundt directed the project. He attended NMSU in the 1930s but did not receive a degree.

Faculty interested in self-nominating or nominating another faculty member for the Sundt professorship should contact Dean Eamon in the Honors College (weamon@nmsu.edu) or call the Honors College at 646-2005. Interested faculty will be sent complete information about the application process. For more information, visit http://honors.nmsu.edu.