Simmons Promise

Simmons Promise

Simmons Promise


Creating Knowledge

Simmons promotes high quality research among its tenured/tenure-track faculty, emphasizing qualitative and quantitative research methodologies that can create or consider new hypotheses. 

Our faculty engages in a wide range of research areas including reading instruction, learning disabilities, mathematics education, education policy, school leadership and applied physiology. We attract funding from granting agencies such as the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, the Texas Education Agency, The U.S. Department of Defense Army, and National Institutes of Health’s Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute as well as private and corporate funding sources. Currently, Simmons faculty brings in approximately $6 million a year in research grants. As the school grows, the goal is to reach $10 million yearly in external funding and training grants.

Research Entities

The Simmons School houses the following research entities:

Building Community: In multiple ways, SMU engages with the wider Dallas-Fort Worth community. SMU's schools, institutes, faculty, staff, and students are involved in -- and changed by- engagement with the vast challenges and opportunities posed by the fourth largest metropolitan area in United States. Preparing Quality Professionals: The School's programs are based on theoretically grounded research models, cross-disciplinary studies, and practica that prepare students for careers that promote human growth and improvement.