Faculty in Residence
The Faculty-in-Residence (FiR) is a full time SMU faculty member that lives in McElvaney Commons. The FiR serves as the intellectual leader of the commons and collaborates with the other members of the Leadership Team to bring culture and intellectual conversation.
Mira Detcheva, J.D.
Professor Detcheva is a full-time faculty member in the World Languages and Literatures Department at SMU where she has been teaching a variety of Spanish language and culture courses. Moreover, Prof. is a proud graduate of SMU's Dedman School of Law. Prior to law school, she obtained her graduate degrees in Spanish Studies and International Relations (focusing on Latin-American Studies) from Baylor University Graduate School.
Prof. Detcheva is one of 11 original faculty that was selected as a Faculty-in-Residence in 2013. She actively participated in the planning of the RC communities, and McElvaney RC in particular, before the inaugural 2014 roll out of the Residential Commons model. Her decision to be involved in the program stemmed from her experience as a law student studying at Oxford University - the origin of the Residential Commons model.
As a former international student and a college athlete, she has always been inspired and motivated by professors who, in addition to being excellent teachers, continued to teach her about the world outside the classroom. Her college experience was truly enriched by professors who were also mentors and molded the person and the professional that she is today. Currently, her position as a FiR gives her the opportunity to have the same positive role and influence in the life of SMU students.
Prof. Detcheva's professional and academic interests include Latin-American Studies, Migrant Issues and Rights, U.S. Immigration Law and Reform, U.S.-Mexico Border Studies, and Cuban Studies and Civilization. In 2016, she created and led the first of its kind SMU RC Academic Program to Havana, Cuba. In addition to her teaching career, Prof. Detcheva is a licensed attorney in the state of Texas and has experience in U.S. Immigration law.
On a more personal note, Prof. Detcheva's interest in other cultures and languages has inspired her travels to over 25 countries around the world. She enjoys staying active by practicing yoga, and her favorite sport to watch and play is tennis.