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McMurry professors balance the highest level of scholarship with a true dedication to teaching and collaboration with students. Our 20 academic departments offer 45 majors and 38 minors prepare students for success in any field of professional (or personal) endeavor. Offering a diverse academic curriculum students can choose from majors in the arts, business, education and the sciences as well as our pre-professional programs in medicine, dentistry, engineering, law, pharmacy, physical therapy and others.

McMurry's unique academic offerings include the Servant Leadership program and the Honors Program. The Servant Leadership program, an innovative and nationally-respected program promoting the leader as a servant first, prepares students to be strong, effective leaders who place service to the greater good of others before self. The Honors Program, a robust four-year honors track designed to enrich the college experience, guarantees a stimulating intellectual challenge. Honors courses, thesis research, and conference participation help honors students develop the skills, creative independence, and confidence necessary for success in graduate training and professional life as well as creating opportunities for students to present original research and creative work in an academic conference setting.

McMurry’s Core Values of Christian Faith as the foundation of life, Personal Relationships as the catalyst for life, Learning as the journey of life, Excellence as the goal of life and Service as the measure of life are the foundation on which the McMurry experience is built.

Academics Notables

Dr. Mark Waters was selected from a competitive, national pool of nominees to participate in a faculty seminar on the teaching of interfaith understanding. The seminar is offered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), with support from the Henry Luce Foundation.  

Twenty-five faculty members participated in the five-day Teaching Interfaith Understanding seminar that took place at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. The seminar was led by two leading scholars: Eboo Patel, founder and president of IFYC, a Chicago-based organization building the interfaith movement on college campuses; and Laurie Patton, president of Middlebury College and former dean of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and the Robert F. Durden Professor of Religion at Duke University. The program aimed to broaden faculty members’ knowledge and strengthen their teaching of interfaith understanding, with the development of new courses and resources.

Dr. Robert Wallace was elected as president of the Southwestern Sociological Association at its annual meeting recently. This position is spread out over a four-year cycle.  

For 2017-2018, Dr. Wallace will act as vice-president, with his primary responsibility to organize a silent-auction to raise funds for the American Sociological Association’s Minority Fellowship Program. During 2018-2019, he assumes the role of president-elect and will be in charge of developing the sociology program for the annual meeting. The next year, 2019-2020, he will be designated as president, with the task of running executive council meetings and selecting a plenary speaker. The final year of his term, 2020-2021, is the role of past-president, defined by the responsibility of coordinating the nomination process for the next president.

Director of Bands David Robinson has been accepted as a presenter for the 2017 Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference. Dr. Robinson will co-present an hour-long clinic entitled “S.M.A.L.L. Band Programs: Strategies for Success” with Dr. Brandon Robinson, associate director of bands at Wake Forest University. The Midwest Clinic will be held at McCormick Place West in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1946, the Midwest Clinic is the largest instrumental music education conference in the world, with an average attendance of 17,000. 

Student Notables

The McMurry University band and choir will perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall on March 15, 2018. The two groups will travel to New York City for a four-day residency, and share the stage for a solo concert performance in Carnegie’s main performance venue, the Isaac Stern Auditorium.

The McMurry band and choir programs were established in 1923, and will celebrate their 95th anniversaries along with McMurry University in 2018. The McMurry concert band, the Wind Ensemble, is directed by Dr. David Robinson, director of bands. Dr. Robinson is in his fifth year at McMurry; this is his second appearance at Carnegie Hall. The Chanters are directed by Dr. David Wallis, director of choral activities. Dr. Wallis is currently the chair of the music department and has been with McMurry for eight years. This will be the second ensemble he has brought to Carnegie Hall. 

Senior English and Writing major Dorothy Williams was accepted to the NEW Leadership program held at the University of Texas (Austin). She was one of 36 women chosen from 21 different institutions across the state to participate in the program.

“NEW Leadership™ is a national bi-partisan program developed by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University to address the underrepresentation of women in American politics. The six-day residential summer institute educates college women about the important role that politics plays in their lives and encourages them to become effective leaders in the political arena.”

McMurry's Model United Nations team won an award at the 2017 National Model United Nations Conference in New York City. Representing the diplomatic delegation of Kyrgyzstan, the Model UN team was rewarded for their conference preparation for a committee Position Paper Award crafted by Tony Phan, a sophomore political science major.

Senior political science major, McMurry Student Government president, and basketball four year letter winner Thierry Tchenko has been accepted into Georgetown University's prestigious Master's program in American Government starting Fall 2017.