Office of the Provost



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

Scholarly Research and Creative Impact Task Force

Goal is to boost SMU’s profile as the leading research university in the region

SMU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Steven C. Currall has appointed 17 University faculty members to serve on the Task Force on Scholarly Research and Creative Impact. The new task force, which began meeting in October, will examine and recommend ways for SMU to strengthen its scholarly research and creative activities to bolster the University’s position as the leading global research university in North Texas. “SMU is in a unique position because of our geography, resources and faculty expertise to make significant strides in scholarly research,” Currall said. “For example, our high-performance computing capability, a university-wide focus on interdisciplinarity, and arts and cybersecurity research, along with our advantageous location near the heart of Dallas, have the University poised to expand its research footprint and become an even stronger catalyst for regional economic prosperity.” Currall said the task force will provide “vital faculty-led guidance on how to strengthen our scholarly research and creative activities,” adding that “faculty leadership in this endeavor is crucial.” LEARN MORE


SMU Invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Dean of the Cox School of Business:

The Cox School is one of the world’s leading business schools and offers a full range of business education programs. Among them are: BBA, Full-Time MBA, Professional MBA (PMBA), Executive MBA (EMBA), Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Science in Business Analytics, Master of Science in Entrepreneurship, Master of Science in Finance, Master of Science in Management, Master of Science in Sport Management, and non-degree Executive Education. The University seeks an eminent and effective academic leader with a distinguished record of scholarly research and administrative experience with a strong commitment to excellence in the School’s research, education, and professional programs. The ideal candidate will have an earned doctorate in an appropriate field, be eligible for appointment at the rank of Professor, and be able to chart a distinctive course for the Cox School. Reporting to the Provost, the Dean of the Cox School has oversight and responsibility for all of the School’s undergraduate, graduate, and professional educational programs in addition to the School’s faculty and staff. LEARN MORE


SMU Invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Dean of the Simmons School of Education and Human Development:

Founded in 2005 and named in 2007 in recognition of a landmark gift from Harold C. and Annette Caldwell Simmons of Dallas, the Simmons School has 900 undergraduate and graduate students in five academic departments including Counseling and Dispute Resolution, Teaching and Learning, Education Policy and Leadership, Applied Physiology and Sport Management, and Graduate Liberal Studies.The University seeks an eminent and effective academic leader with a distinguished record of scholarly research and administrative experience with a strong commitment to excellence in the School’s research, education, and professional programs. The successful candidate must have an earned doctorate in an appropriate field related to Simmons, be eligible for appointment at the rank of Professor, and be able to chart a distinctive course for the Simmons School. Reporting to the Provost, the Dean of the Cox School has oversight and responsibility for all of the School’s undergraduate, graduate, and professional educational programs in addition to the School’s faculty and staff. LEARN MORE