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Steven C. Currall
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Steven C. Currall is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Southern Methodist University. As Provost, he oversees the university’s academic activity including seven academic units: Cox School of Business, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman School of Law, Meadows School of the Arts, Lyle School of Engineering, Perkins School of Theology, and Simmons School of Education and Human Development. He is also responsible for additional units that include the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, Central University Libraries, satellite Campuses in Plano, Texas and at Taos, New Mexico, the Office of Assessment and Accreditation, the Office of Institutional Research, the International Center, the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Division of Enrollment Services (undergraduate admission, office of financial aid, student financials office, and the Registrar), and several student programs such as the SMU honors groups.

At SMU, Currall is the David B. Miller Endowed Professor. He also holds academic appointments as Professor of Management and Organization in the Cox School of Business. He is also Adjunct Professor of Psychology in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and Adjunct Professor of Engineering Management, Information, and Systems in the Lyle School of Engineering.

Currall previously worked at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), where he served as Senior Advisor to the Chancellor for Strategic Projects and Initiatives and as Professor of Management. As Chancellor's Senior Advisor, Currall co-chaired campus- wide strategic visioning exercises to position UC Davis as the "University of the 21st Century." He also led planning for an additional campus in the Sacramento region, which included the academic strategy, financial plan, fundraising plan, analysis of physical facilities, organization of advisory groups, and liaison to the Academic Senate.

He has served as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and member of the Executive Committee for the 10-campus University of California system's Global Health Institute. He also served on the Boards of Directors of the San Francisco Bay Area Council and the California Life Sciences Association.

Additional leadership experience included serving as the Dean of the Graduate School of Management at UC Davis, leading the School to the highest ranking in its history; Endowed Chair holder; founding Chair of an academic department; leadership of seven centers/institutes, and campus-wide service roles as Chair of the Task Force on Faculty Salary Equity, Chair of the Strategic Review of Human Resources, Chair of Board of Directors of the Ecosystem for Biophotonics Innovation, Vice Chair of Chancellor's Blue Ribbon Committee on Research, and member of the Vision of Excellence committee.

A psychological scientist, Currall has conducted research and taught for nearly three decades on organizational psychology topics such as innovation, emerging technologies, negotiation, and corporate governance. At the invitation of the U.S. President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Currall was a member of the Nanotechnology Technical Advisory Group. He has been a grantee on $21,533,893 in external funding of which over 78% came from refereed research grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health. Currall was lead author of a book on university-business-government collaboration entitled, Organized Innovation: A Blueprint for Renewing America's Prosperity (Oxford, 2014). Based on a study funded by the NSF, the book is the culmination of a 10-year research project on interdisciplinary research involving science, engineering, and medicine. He has served as a member of several editorial review boards such as Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, and Organization Science. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Currall has served as a member of the boards of BioHouston (interim Vice Chair; Executive Committee; chair of Governance Committee), Leadership in Medicine, Inc., Nanotechnology Foundation of Texas, and Interferometrics, Inc., a venture-funded medical device start-up. He has been quoted over 600 times in publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Financial Times, Business Week, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) television, and the Nightly Business Report on public television.

Provost Currall is married to Cheyenne Currall, Ph.D., a business advisor and corporate psychologist (bio).

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Contact Information

Physical Address: Mailing Address:
Southern Methodist University Southern Methodist University
Perkins Administration Building Office of the Provost
6425 Boaz Lane, Suite 219 P.O. Box 750221
Dallas, Texas 75205 Dallas, Texas 75275-0221
Phone: (214)768-3219  
Other Contacts:  
Carolyn Jeter, Assistant to the Provost  
(214) 768-1491  
Marie Wallmark, Coordinator