About Us

Dean's Message

Dean David J. Chard

Welcome to the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, where faculty and staff are dedicated to the development of professional educators and human service providers and committed to identifying and promoting evidence-based, cutting-edge practices in counseling, dispute resolution, education, and wellness.  

Our faculty and staff are actively engaged in creating and disseminating knowledge aimed at addressing the challenges faced by education and human development in an increasingly diverse world. Faculty members understand that teaching and scholarship in an interdisciplinary professional school requires a complex interaction of research and practice focused on improving the quality of life and society for everyone. We invite you to explore the numerous research projects, training programs, and initiatives that are ongoing in the school.

Students come to the school with goals and aspirations to advance their professional careers and to improve the lives of children, youth, and adults in the greater Dallas community, the state of Texas, and beyond. In doing so, they become ambassadors for SMU; they put their knowledge and skills to work to solve critical problems in schools and human service agencies. If you envision your future in teaching, counseling, dispute resolution, or wellness professions, we look forward to helping you achieve your career goals.

The Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development is one of the newest communities on campus and will become part of the strong SMU legacy of commitment to education and human service. Our presence, ideas, and impact are growing. We invite you to grow with us.

Dean Chard's Biography

About the gift from Harold C. and Annette Caldwell Simmons