Simmons Dean Search

Dean Search Begins at Simmons School of
Education & Human Development

Southern Methodist University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Dean of the Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

Harold Simmons HallSMU, a global research university with a liberal arts tradition, has seven degree-granting schools. The University’s 11,000 students, 42 percent of whom are enrolled in graduate studies, benefit from small classes (11:1 student/faculty ratio). The University’s profile benefits from an endowment of $1.5 billion and a recently completed fundraising campaign, which raised a record $1.15 billion to enrich faculty and academic excellence and the campus experience. From its origins, SMU was shaped by the entrepreneurial spirit of the region and is nonsectarian in its teaching and committed to academic freedom and open inquiry.

SMU is located in the beautiful residential University Park area of Dallas. The faculty, students, and staff enjoy all the cultural, athletic, and recreational opportunities that the ninth-largest city in the country provides. With a greater Dallas population exceeding 6.8 million (fourth-largest and fifth-most diverse metropolitan area), the region is home to nearly 20 Fortune 500 companies and the 10th most frequently traveled airport in the world. Dallas boasts the nation’s largest urban arts district, which consists of world-class museums and a luminous cluster of performing arts spaces, highlighted by the Winspear Opera House, described by Opera magazine as America’s finest. With the Trinity River, White Rock Lake, almost 400 parks, and over 125 miles of urban hiking and biking trails, the city provides abundant opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, and the city has been named one of the Greenest Cities in the world. SMU students and faculty utilize the Dallas metropolitan area as an extension of the classroom.

Dallas Hall and Dallas skylineFounded 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 Simmons School has an operating budget of $24 M; 167 employees; four new doctoral programs; three new endowed chairs and one endowed professorship; $10 M annually in research funding; $18 M in endowment; and two new state-of-the-art buildings constructed with $45 M raised for capital projects.

The School promotes excellence by engaging in and disseminating research, preparing exemplary professionals in education and human development, collaborating with other schools and institutions in the development of model programs, and furthering positive learning experiences in all stages of life. The mission of the School is to integrate the theory, research, and practice of education and human development; promote academic rigor and interdisciplinary collaboration; educate students for initial certification and professional practice; and nurture collaboration across the academic community. Simmons offers schoolwide degree programs including doctoral and master’s degrees, graduate-level certifications, and undergraduate programs. The School also includes research institutes and community engagement centers with public school districts and private schools in the region.

Harold Simmons HallThis is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, innovative individual to grow a very successful and distinctive school. The position is open as the former Dean, after a nine-year tenure, accepted a university presidency. The Dean of the Simmons School is responsible for all aspects of the School’s activities, including the administration of academic programs and procedures; the recruitment, development, and evaluation of faculty and staff; the management of the School’s fiscal resources; the development of new funding sources; and the representation of the Simmons School within the University and the broader educational community of the region, nation, and world.

Teacher Design StudioThe 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. This will require the ability to recruit strong empirical research-oriented faculty, raise significant funds to continue growth in the research and professional programs of the School, work with the deans of other schools and the senior leadership of the University in collaborative programs, and ensure that the School’s offerings and activities take advantage of the diverse community in the Dallas metroplex. She or he must be committed to building and sustaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. The University seeks an individual who is able to exercise leadership, to sustain a community, and to relate to multiple constituencies.

Nominations, applications, and inquiries may be sent in confidence. Full consideration will be given to all applications received by January 2, 2017. Application materials (to include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the full contact information for five references – who will not be contacted without permission) must be electronically submitted to:

Assisting the University in this search are Ann Die Hasselmo ( and Chris Butler (

Further information about Southern Methodist University is available at and from the Profile of the position and institution at:

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,

SMU and Simmons School Profile

Search committee members are:

  • Marc Christensen, Search Committee Chairperson and Dean of the Lyle School of Engineering
  • Patricia Addington, Director of Development, Simmons School
  • Jill Allor, Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, Simmons School
  • Hal Barkley, Professor and Department Chair, Dispute Resolution and Counseling, Simmons School
  • Eric Bing, Executive Director, Institute for Leadership Impact; Professor, Applied Physiology and Wellness, Simmons School
  • Anthony Cuevas, Director of Instructional Design and Clinical Associate Professor, Teaching and Learning, Simmons School
  • Molly Ellis, Ph.D. Fellow
  • Rebecca Hood, Senior Assistant Dean, Simmons School
  • Fred Olness, Professor, Department of Physics, Dedman College
  • Connie O'Neill, Civic and Philanthropic Leader
  • Dawson Orr, Professor and Department Chair, Education Policy and Leadership, Simmons School
  • The Honorable Jeanne Phillips, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and International Relations, Hunt Consolidated, Inc.
  • Peter Weyand, Professor, Applied Physiology and Wellness, Simmons School