Dr. Alice Kendrick & her husband Kevin Kendrick joined the Loyd Family as our new Faculty in Residence for the 2016-2017 school year!


Intellectual Leader

As the intellectual leader of Loyd Commons, the Loyd Faculty in Residence takes on the responsibility to be:

Someone who uses reasoning & understanding to find truth

Someone who thinks critically and teaches others how to do the same

Someone who is willing to help you talk through issues – help find solutions, but not just give you solutions

Someone who enacts an “apprenticing” model – showing students how to set an example

Someone who is a servant leader

Someone who acts as a “thought provoker” by encouraging others to seek out answers that may lead to more questions

Someone who is a proactive leader and takes the time to meet students where they are and not wait for students to come to them

Someone who establishes a strong presence in Loyd and instills pride in Loyd Commons

Someone who is not afraid to be wrong and asks for help

The Loyd Faculty in Residence works closely with the rest of the Loyd Leadership Team to develop a mindset that seeks live out the motto and values. 


Dr. Alice Kendrick, or “DrK” as her students like to call her, is professor of advertising in the Temerlin Advertising Institute, specializing in advertising research and strategy.  She grew up in Alexandria, Louisiana, and earned a BA and MA in Journalism from LSU, and later received a PhD in Communication and an MS in Adult Education from the University of Tennessee.  Her first job as a professor was at Marquette University in the school of communications, and she also coached Marquette varsity women’s tennis team on the side.

Dr. Kendrick is the author of four books and more than 40 peer reviewed journal articles.  Her research interests are how communication efforts can affect international citizens’ views of other countries, trends in advertising education, and the role of advertising in the informal economy, including garage sales.  She is currently the co-editor of the Journal of Advertising Education.  She has presented research at national and international venues including Beijing China, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, and Scotland.  In late 2014 she traveled to Havana on a research visa to study Cuban public communication and the growing popularity of small businesses in Cuba.  Her research has appeared or been covered in Promotional Products Magazine, Adweek, Advertising Age, the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. 

Among the academic and professional honors Dr. Kendrick has received are the SMU “M” Award for  Service, the Meadows   Distinguished Teaching Award, the SMU Teacher/Scholar of the Year Award in 2015, the American Advertising Federation National Distinguished Educator Award, the District 10 AAF Educator of the Year Award, the SMU HOPE Professor Award, the Billy Ross Award from the American Academy of Advertising, and the Great Minds Research Innovation Award from the Advertising Research Foundation.  She has served for the past 10 years as an appointee  to the National Advertising Review Board, and regularly travels to New York City to adjudicate disputes between advertisers.   

Kevin Kendrick is an  alum of the SMU Civil Engineering program.  He grew up in Slidell, Louisiana, and has lived in Dallas and worked in engineering and land development since graduating. Everyone who knows Kevin refers to him as a master barbecue artist. Students reap the benefits of his big Green Egg smoker.

The Kendricks' son Jay is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University and a professional bass fishing guide on Lake Fork. Their daughter Sara (BA and MS SMU Engineering) is a biomedical engineer and lives in New Jersey.

Among the things that Kevin and Dr. Kendrick enjoy are their role as sports fans, their love of Texas lakes, and excruciatingly informal cooking for large numbers of people.