Office of the Provost

Steven C. Currall, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
(Biographical Sketch)
Welcome to the Office of the Provost. The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is the University’s chief academic officer, responsible for the overall quality of teaching, scholarship and research at the University and oversees all aspects of academic life, ranging from admissions and faculty development to supervision of SMU’s seven schools, library system, and international programs. LEARN MORE

New Position Announcement

SMU Invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for a new position of Associate Provost for Continuing Education:

The new Associate Provost for Continuing Education will provide university-wide leadership to prioritize, coordinate, support, and grow continuing education. The Associate Provost will ensure that continuing education advances SMU's academic mission and is in close alignment with SMU's values, its visibility, and its "brand" in the eyes of SMU's stakeholders. Reporting to the Provost, the Associate Provost will oversee Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE) and the Master of Science in Data Science program and will work with a Continuing Education Program Council (CEPC), comprised of the academic deans and chaired by the Provost. CEPC will provide input to the Associate Provost regarding the overall strategy for SMU’s continuing education program and will review and recommend new proposals as well as revisions to existing continuing education offerings.

Dean of the Cox School of Business

SMU names new Dean of the Cox School of Business:

Matthew B. Myers, a global marketing and strategy expert with special expertise in cross-border business relationships and Latin American economies, has been named dean of SMU’s Cox School of Business. He will assume his new duties on August 1, 2017 at which point Albert W. Niemi Jr., who has been dean of the school since 1997, will transition to full-time teaching.  LEARN MORE

Dean of the Simmons School of Education and Human Development

 SMU names new Dean of the Simmons School of Education and Human Development:

Stephanie L. Knight, a nationally recognized education leader, researcher and professor, has been named dean of SMU's Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. The current associate dean and professor of education in the College of Education at Pennsylvania State University will assume her new duties at SMU on August 1, 2017.  LEARN MORE

CUL interim Director

SMU names interim dean and director of Central University Libraries (CUL):

Elizabeth Killingsworth, director of SMU’s Fondren Library Center and head of Research Services, has been named interim dean and director of Central University Libraries (CUL). Killingsworth, an expert on teaching with technology and a longtime advocate for information literacy, will begin her new duties effective July 1, 2017, as the University begins a national search for a permanent dean.  LEARN MORE

NIH Speaker

NIH Director Francis Collins to address SMU students during 102nd Commencement on 20 May 2017:

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., the director of the National Institutes of Health who may be best known for leading the Human Genome Project (HGP), will be the featured speaker during SMU’s 102nd all-University Commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 20, in Moody Coliseum.  LEARN MORE