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SMU Meadows Dean Search

Southern Methodist University (SMU), located in the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the country, seeks an inspiring leader to serve as Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts. Meadows capitalizes on the city of Dallas and SMU’s current trajectory and momentum as the University enters its second century. Read more for detailed information about the search.

Meadows Institutional Profile

Meadows Institutional Profile

The Meadows School of the Arts has achieved prominence as one of the foremost visual, performing and communication arts education institutions in the United States. Offering innovative curricula and experiences that provide distinctive opportunities in its eleven areas of study, it prepares students for the marketplace through outstanding conservatory training and a solid, interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum. Read more…

Meadows Dean Job Description

Meadows Dean Search Ad

Successful candidates must be well-known scholars and/or artists in their field, and/or have significant accomplishments equivalent to academic accomplishments that lend academic credibility; have leadership experience, preferably in an academic setting; show promise or have experience in fundraising at the University level or its equivalent; have an understanding of the academic landscape and recognize the changes occurring in modes of scholarship and teaching; and be able to collaborate with the arts community of Dallas. Read more…

Members of Search Committee

Meadows Dean Search Committee Members

The 18-member search committee includes the chair of SMU’s Board of Trustees; the chair and several members of the Executive Committee of the Meadows School of the Arts; SMU faculty members; and two Meadows School directors, as well as two undergraduate students from the Meadows School. The committee chair is David Chard, Dean of SMU’s School of Education and Human Development. Read more…

Search Memo to Faculty and Staff

Meadows Dean Search Memo

The search for the next Dean of the Meadows School is important for the entire university, as well as for the goals and vision for the institution SMU will become in the future. Faculty and staff throughout the University are key to the search for excellent candidates. Read more…

Hiring Timeline

The search committee for the next dean of the Meadows School for the Arts has narrowed its search from over 110 individuals from around the world to four finalists. The finalists will begin to visit the SMU campus on October 15 and the visits will be completed on October 28. An abridged schedule of the four visits with opportunities for students, staff, faculty, and community members to meet the candidates is here.

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