The Simmons School of Education and Human Development invites applications for tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty positions in its Technology and Education Cluster, Department of Teaching and Learning, Department of Education Policy and Leadership, Department of Applied Physiology and Sport Management, Department of Counseling and Dispute Resolution, and Area of Graduate Liberal Studies and Dispute Resolution. Brief overviews of the Simmons School, the University, and the City of Dallas follow the position announcements.

Technology and Education Cluster

Rank/Title: Full/Associate/Assistant Professor in Technology-Enhanced Immersive Learning
Position Numbers: 53260, 53590 and 52951 (3 positions)

The Simmons School of Southern Methodist University (SMU)—a nationally ranked, private, non-sectarian research institution located in one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing metropolitan areas—invites applications for three tenure-track faculty positions in the technology-enhanced immersive learning (TEIL) cluster. The ranks include (1) Full or Associate Professor with Tenure, (2) Associate Professor with Tenure or Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, and (3) Assistant Professor, Tenure Track. The TEIL cluster focus areas include learning sciences, artificial intelligence, machine learning and technology-enhanced learning, assessment and behavior change. One or more of the positions will be affiliated with the Data Sciences cluster that has three focus areas: Data Core, Health Analytics and Technology and Learning. In addition to faculty recruitment in the Technology-Enhanced Immersive Learning cluster, SMU recently completed faculty hires in the Earth Hazards and National Security cluster with plans to launch faculty recruitment in an additional cluster area soon. Cluster faculty hires represent SMU’s ambitious focus on increasing the university’s research impact by developing large-scale collaborative research projects dedicated to some of humankind’s most daunting challenges.

We seek candidates with experience investigating or applying technology in education and the design of research that has substantial social impact, including: (1) immersive learning, instruction, and assessment using augmented reality, virtual reality, mixed reality, motion capture and game-based learning technologies or (2) artificial intelligence and machine learning in educational scenarios to improve learning and/or increase the scalability of instructional practices.

TEIL faculty will receive primary academic appointments in SMU’s Simmons School of Education & Human Development, which is ranked among the top 12 private graduate schools of education in the United States and among the top 3 of public and private schools of education in Texas. The TEIL appointments, available in Fall of 2023, provide a unique opportunity to join and to shape a vibrant research and education community situated in an increasingly diverse and globally connected university and are designed to enhance SMU’s internationally recognized strengths in video game development, game-based and immersive learning, the use of immersive technologies for assessment, behavior change and social emotional learning, literacy, special education, bilingual/ESL education, urban education, STEM, data science and artificial intelligence/machine learning. SMU’s faculty benefit from a wealth of resources dedicated to facilitating interdisciplinary work across University centers and colleges, including SMU Guildhall, Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute, AT&T Center for Virtualization, Family Research Center, and the Center for VR Learning Innovation. Learn more at https://www.smu.edu/Simmons/Research/Key-Research-Areas.

SMU hosts powerful high-performance computing facilities with computational ability of 630 teraflops, 11,088 CPU cores, 116.5 TB of total memory with no usage fee for research and education purposes. SMU is also home to one of the fastest and most powerful academic supercomputers in the nation, ManeFrame II. Maneframe II is currently being upgraded to include an NVIDIA DGX SuperPod with a theoretical performance of 100 PFLOPS for AI calculations. SMU will be one of only two universities in the U.S. to have a DGX SuperPod, and it will be available to all SMU faculty and graduate students.

Position Number 53260, Full or Associate Professor with Tenure in Technology-Enhanced Immersive Learning

Candidates for the position of Full or Associate Professor with Tenure should be internationally recognized scholars with strong records of empirical studies and external funding. Qualifications of successful applicants include: (a) demonstrated leadership experience and skills, (b) an earned doctorate in field aligned with technology-enhanced immersive learning and teaching; (c) ongoing record of scholarly work; (d) demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness; (e) demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary research; (f) excellence in teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses; (g) evidence of ongoing service to professional organizations; (h) demonstrated mentorship of doctoral students and junior faculty; (i) experience developing and/or sustaining collaborative partnerships and interdisciplinary initiatives; and (j) a track record of obtaining external funding for research. Accomplishment in each of the above areas commensurate with the rank of Full Professor with Tenure is preferred, however exceptional candidates with accomplishments commensurate with the rank of Associate Professor with Tenure will also be considered.

Application Process

SMU researchers are part of an inclusive and intellectually vibrant community of internationally recognized scholars across the humanities, social sciences, mathematical sciences, engineering, and business with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness. SMU offers excellent benefits including full same-sex domestic partner benefits. Explore SMU at http://www.smu.edu.

Applicants are requested to submit (1) cover letter detailing research, teaching, administrative and leadership experience and highlighting the candidate’s demonstrable commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) copies of 3 representative scholarly publications; and (4) references: names, affiliations, and contact information for three references. Reference will only be contacted if the candidate advances to the on-campus interview stage. All materials should be submitted electronically on Interfolio: http://apply.interfolio.com/112668

For questions about the search submission process or positions, contact Dr. Eric G. Bing (ebing@smu.edu) or Dr. Tony Cuevas (acuevas@smu.edu), Search Committee Co-Chairs.

Position Number 53590, Associate Professor with Tenure/Assistant Professor, Tenure Track in Technology-Enhanced Immersive Learning

Candidates for the position of Associate Professor with Tenure or Assistant Professor, Tenure Track should be nationally recognized scholars with strong records of empirical studies and external funding.

Qualifications of successful applicants include: (a) an earned doctorate in field aligned with technology-enhanced immersive learning and teaching; (b) ongoing record of scholarly work; (c) demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness; (d) demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary research; (e) excellence in teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses; (f) evidence of ongoing service to professional organizations; (g) demonstrated mentorship of doctoral students and junior faculty; (h) experience developing and/or sustaining collaborative partnerships and interdisciplinary initiatives; and (i) a track record of obtaining external funding for research. Accomplishments in the above areas commensurate with the rank of Associate Professor with Tenure is preferred, however strong candidates with accomplishments commensurate with the rank of Assistant Professor, Tenure Track will also be considered.

Application Process

SMU researchers are part of an inclusive and intellectually vibrant community of internationally recognized scholars across the humanities, social sciences, mathematical sciences, engineering, and business with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness. SMU offers excellent benefits including full same-sex domestic partner benefits. Explore SMU at http://www.smu.edu.

Applicants are requested to submit (1) cover letter detailing research, teaching and administrative experience and highlighting the candidate’s demonstrable commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) copies of 3 representative scholarly publications; and (4) references: candidates at the Associate Professor level should provide the names, affiliations, and contact information for three references. References will only be contacted if the candidate advances to the on-campus interview stage. Candidates at the Assistant Professor level should submit 3 letters of recommendation. All materials should be submitted electronically on Interfolio: http://apply.interfolio.com/112671

Review of applications begins on November 28, 2022, and the position will remain open until filled. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

For questions about the search submission process or positions, contact Dr. Eric G. Bing (ebing@smu.edu) or Dr. Tony Cuevas (acuevas@smu.edu), Search Committee Co-Chairs.

Position Number 52951, Assistant Professor, Tenure Track in Technology-Enhanced Immersive Learning

Candidates for the position of Assistant Professor, Tenure Track should be outstanding scholars with strong records of empirical studies and external funding.

Qualifications of successful applicants include: (a) an earned doctorate in field aligned with technology-enhanced immersive learning and teaching; (b) ongoing record of scholarly work; (c) demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness; (d) demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary research; (e) excellence in teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses; (f) evidence of ongoing service to professional organizations; (g) demonstrated mentorship of undergraduate and doctoral students; (h) experience developing and/or sustaining collaborative partnerships and interdisciplinary initiatives; and (i) a track record of seeking external funding for research. Accomplishments in the above areas commensurate with the rank of Assistant Professor, Tenure Track is required.

Application Process

SMU researchers are part of an inclusive and intellectually vibrant community of internationally recognized scholars across the humanities, social sciences, mathematical sciences, engineering, and business with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness. SMU offers excellent benefits including full same-sex domestic partner benefits. Explore SMU at http://www.smu.edu.

Applicants are requested to submit (1) cover letter detailing research, teaching and administrative experience and highlighting the candidate’s demonstrable commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) copies of 3 representative scholarly publications; and (4) references: submit 3 letters of recommendation. All materials should be submitted electronically on Interfolio: http://apply.interfolio.com/112735

Review of applications begins on November 28, 2022, and the position will remain open until filled. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

For questions about the search submission process or positions, contact Dr. Eric G. Bing (ebing@smu.edu) or Dr. Tony Cuevas (acuevas@smu.edu), Search Committee Co-Chairs

Faculty positions in the Technology & Education Cluster will receive academic appointments at SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development and/or the Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Through excellence in research, teaching, and community outreach, the SMU Simmons School of Education and Human Development is a catalyst for discovery and innovation that transforms social conditions and advances human potential. It is among the top 15 ranked private schools of education in the United States and among the top 3 of public and private schools of education in Texas. Find out more at https://www.smu.edu/Simmons. The Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences connects students with forward thinkers and global problem solvers through interdisciplinary education and partnerships that begin here, at the heart of the SMU campus, and extend globally. Its faculty address the world's challenges and create new knowledge through advanced cutting-edge research that drives technological change, policy solutions and answers to humankind's abiding questions. Learn more about Dedman College at https://www.smu.edu/Dedman.

The City of Dallas is one of the nation’s most cosmopolitan commercial and cultural centers, and the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex is the fourth largest in the US. A great many publicly traded corporations are headquartered in DFW, with nine Fortune 500 companies based within Dallas. The DFW airport was the fourth-busiest airport in the world in 2020, and travel to nearly anywhere in the world is extremely convenient, often by direct flight. Dallas’ quality of life is exceptional, with a relatively low cost of living and a variety of housing options from high-rise, urban apartments to country-style single-family homes. A full range of professional sports teams, popular to highbrow music venues, a lively and innovative restaurant scene, and more make Dallas an extremely livable city.

Department of Education Policy and Leadership

Rank/Title: Clinical Professor
Position Number: 52472

The Department of Education Policy and Leadership at Southern Methodist University (SMU) invites applications for a Clinical Professor of PK-12 Educational Leadership. This is a non-tenure track, nine-month contract, with the possibility of renewal. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching courses in the doctorate of education (Ed.D.) and masters of education leadership programs, advising Ed.D. dissertations, working with and cultivating district and community partners, and providing service to the program and department.

SMU’s Department of Education Policy & Leadership is a dynamic and collegial environment where research, policy, and practice are valued in the preparation of future leaders. Our faculty have extensive experience in both practice and research and value a diversity of expertise and experiences. The department seeks candidates whose professional experiences have prepared them to contribute positively to the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. We seek a collaborative colleague to join our community and be involved in all aspects of our work.

SMU’s Department of Education Policy & Leadership is a dynamic and collegial environment where research, policy, and practice are valued in the preparation of future leaders. Our faculty have extensive experience in both practice and research and value a diversity of expertise and experiences. The department seeks candidates whose professional experiences have prepared them to contribute positively to the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. We seek a collaborative colleague to join our community and be involved in all aspects of our work.

Position Requirements

  • Earned doctorate in educational administration, leadership, policy, or related field. Hold active superintendent certification.
  • Ability to develop and/or sustain collaborative school/district or community partnerships.
  • Expertise serving in executive leadership roles at the school district level.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness.
  • Experience facilitating adult learning in informal or formal settings.

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit their materials online at http://apply.interfolio.com/102733. The application materials should include:

  1. A cover letter highlighting the candidate’s interest and qualifications for the position, with specific reference to: PK-12 educational leadership experiences, experiences with inter-organizational partnerships, and experiences with and approach to facilitating adult learning and mentoring others. The department encourages candidates to highlight their efforts and address their commitment to inclusivity and/or qualifications to work with diverse students, faculty, and staff.
  2. Resume or curriculum vita.
  3. The names and contact information for three references. References will only be contacted if the candidate advances in the interview stage.

For questions or to discuss the position, contact search chair, Dr. Meredith Richards (mprichards@smu.edu).

The search committee will begin reviewing applications May 5, 2022 and the position will remain open until filled. The start date for the position is August 1, 2022. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.

About the Department of Education Policy and Leadership

The Department of Education Policy and Leadership cultivates and supports leaders and researchers who seek to improve educational outcomes and the culture of learning in schools, colleges, and educational systems through leadership development, scholarship, and service. Our department consists of five programs, Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Ed.D. in Higher Education, M.Ed. Accelerated Leadership, M.Ed. Higher Education, and M.Ed. Urban Leadership, which are supported by sixteen faculty and two staff members. To learn more about the Simmons School, click here.

  • The Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership for PK - Grade 12 (Pre-kindergarten-Grade 12) practitioners is designed to prepare high-level practitioner leaders in PK - Grade 12 educational organizations.
  • The Ed.D.in Higher Education prepares high-level leaders for a variety of roles in postsecondary education settings, including two- and four-year colleges and universities, state and federal agencies, policy organizations, and foundations.
  • The Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership is designed to prepare educational administrators in accordance with certification requirements established by the state of Texas and consistent with national standards and empirical evidence on effective school leadership knowledge and skills.
  • The Master’s of Education degree in Higher Education is a 36 credit-hour program designed to prepare individuals to assume roles in higher education institutions and related fields in accordance with professional standards and empirical evidence on effective leadership knowledge and skills for post-secondary educational settings.
  • The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership with a specialization in Urban School Leadership is a program born with a sense of passion and urgency in response to the leadership vacuum that often exists in struggling schools--particularly those in urban settings. The program is a joint venture between the Teaching Trust and the SMU Department of Education Policy and Leadership.

Department of Counseling and Dispute Resolution

Rank/Title: Clinical/Assistant Professor in Counseling, with an LGBTQ+ focus
Position Number: 53313

The Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University seeks three full-time Clinical Assistant Professors in the Graduate Counseling Program.

Position No. 53313 – Clinical Assistant Professor with an LGBTQ+ focus

Principal responsibilities include:

  • Teaching counseling related courses and/or related topics with specific emphasis on LGBTQ+ communities and/or addiction/substance abuse, research, statistics, and school counseling
  • Curriculum and program development, including the LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy elective concentration
  • Academic (individual and group) advising
  • Clinical Supervision of students
  • Service to the department to support program projects and events
  • Service to the School and University

This is a renewable non-tenured position with an initial one-year appointment beginning August 2022. Required qualifications include:

  • A doctoral degree in counseling or counselor education (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) from a CACREP-accredited program
  • Teaching experience in counseling related courses and/or related topics with specific emphasis on addiction/substance abuse, research, statistics, school counseling, and/or diversity
  • Demonstrated identity as a counselor educator and clinician
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice in counseling
  • Clinical experience in the field

Preferred qualifications:

  • Texas LPC-S and/or LMFT-S
  • Clinical counseling experience with LGBTQ+ individuals, adolescents, couples and/or families
  • Experience in supervision/management of a clinic
  • Three years teaching experience

Application Process

Review of applications will begin December 3, 2021, and the position will remain open until filled. Please reference the position number in all documents submitted for application. The following documents are required: (1) cover letter outlining teaching, scholarship, professional service, and clinical experiences. Please also include research experience, if applicable. (2) curriculum vitae. (3) the names, affiliations, and contact information for three references. References will only be contacted if the candidate advances to the on-campus interview stage. All materials should be submitted through Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/95549. For questions about the search submissions process, contact Kathy Silva at ksilva@smu.edu. For questions about the department or position, contact Maggie Keeling, Committee Chair, at mkeeling@smu.edu. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check. The start date for this position is August 2022. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

About the Graduate Counseling Program

The Program in Counseling is a part of the prestigious Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University. The Program in Counseling is a vibrant SMU community with a strong history of public service, rigorous academics, innovative curricula, as well as opportunity for study in Taos, New Mexico, and abroad. The Program maintains approximately 270 graduate students whose capstone experience is practica in the state of the art SMU Center for Family Counseling.

The program offers three CACREP accredited Specialties: Clinical Mental Health; Marriage, Couple & Family; and School Counseling. The program also offers a robust 9-hour elective concentration in LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy to equip counselors-in-training in culturally competent counseling services for LGBTQ+ individuals, couples and families. The Center for Family Counseling offers counseling services to the community and provides a laboratory experience for students prior to clinical internship. Supportive faculty work collaboratively to sustain a nurturing and innovative environment, which is the hallmark of the program and has contributed to its ongoing success. Visit the Counseling Program website to learn more.

Department of Teaching and Learning

No faculty positions available at present.

About the Department of Teaching and Learning

The Department of Teaching and Learning represents SMU’s commitment to the professional development of educators through innovative and research-based undergraduate and graduate programs.

The department’s teaching and research practices are grounded in multiple perspectives that encompass behaviorist, cognitive, social-constructivist and sociocultural approaches to scholarship. All programs serve to prepare educators who are committed to high-quality teaching and practice and who are scholars and leaders in professionalism, leaders in translating research into practice, and experts in differentiated instruction.

The department’s undergraduate curriculum prepares students for initial teacher certification. The department’s graduate curricula focus on reading, teaching and learning, special education, giftedness, bilingual education, ESL, Montessori, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Two master’s degrees are offered: a Master of Bilingual Education (M.B.E.) and a Master of Education (M.Ed.). The M.B.E. includes a special education concentration and a gifted concentration. The M.Ed. is available in three formats: the traditional M.Ed. for which students must select one or two specializations, an M.Ed. in special education, and an M.Ed. for educator preparation. The Master of Music with a major in music education is offered through the Meadows School of the Arts in cooperation with the Simmons School. In addition, a variety of enrichment opportunities serve the continuing education needs of practicing educators.

The Department of Teaching and Learning is heavily involved in the Simmons School’s Ph.D. program in education that combines quantitative and qualitative methodologies, generates new hypotheses, and influences pedagogical practices in early childhood (EC) through grade-12 schools. To learn more about the department, visit smu.edu/TeacherEducation.

Department of Applied Physiology and Sport Management

No faculty positions available at present. 

About the Department of Applied Physiology and Sport Management

The Department of Applied Physiology and Sport Management offers undergraduate and graduate programs and manages research labs that promote academic rigor and the scientific advancement of the field of applied physiology.

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Physiology and Sport Management (APSM) offers concentrations in Applied Physiology and Health Management, Sport Management, and Sport Performance Leadership. The department also offers undergraduate minors in applied physiology, applied physiology and health management, sport management, and sport performance leadership for students earning baccalaureate degrees in other departments at SMU.

The department’s graduate programs include an M.S. in Sport Management, an M.S. in Health Promotion Management, and a Ph.D. in Applied Physiology.

The three research labs support funded scientific investigations and promote sound practice in the sport, health leadership, and management industries. The Locomotor Performance Lab studies the relationship of muscle function to metabolic energy expenditure and performance. The Applied Physiology/Biomechanics Lab investigates autonomic function and thermoregulation in healthy and clinical populations, and the Cerebrovascular Research Laboratory investigates cerebral blood-flow regulation and the role of the autonomic nervous system in healthy and diseased humans.

Message from a Graduate:
"The classes have been an incredible learning experience for me, but it will be the human touch you have all brought to it, the unique ways you have touched my life, my soul, and my person that I will remember most. These are the experiences from which I will “drink” for a long time; which have and continue to form me as a person and as a counselor."

Program Area: Graduate Liberal Studies and Dispute Resolution

No positions available at present.

About the Program Area of Graduate Liberal Studies and Dispute Resolution

The Graduate Liberal Studies and Dispute Resolution program area offers a wide range of interdisciplinary, skills-based master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs for professionals, community leaders, and individuals. Students in this vibrant community represent a range of professional and community backgrounds and educational goals. The program area offers a Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution, Master of Liberal Studies, Doctor of Liberal Studies, Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution, Executive Coaching Concentration, Healthcare Collaboration and Conflict Engagement Certificate, and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study.

About the Simmons School, SMU, and the City of Dallas

The Simmons School of Education & Human Development

Ranked among the top 12 private graduate schools of education in the nation and among the top 3 public and private schools in Texas according to U.S. News & World Report.

Elementary school student

The Simmons School was founded in 2005 and named in 2007 in recognition of a landmark gift from Harold C. and Annette Caldwell Simmons of Dallas. It has 1300 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. As a catalyst for discovery and innovation 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 school-wide degree programs, including doctoral and master’s degrees, graduate-level certifications, and undergraduate programs. The School also includes research institutes and community engagement centers.

Research and community programs at Simmons include the Center on Research and Evaluation, Budd Center for Involving Communities in Education, Institute for Evidence-Based Education, Institute for Leadership Impact, Applied Physiology Laboratory, Locomotor Performance Laboratory, Research in Mathematics Education, Center for Family Counseling, TRIO College Access, and McNair Scholars program.

Despite many issues and challenges confronting higher education, the Simmons School has experienced tremendous growth as illustrated by the following:

  • Has partnered with Toyota, Dallas ISD, and the West Dallas community to develop and implement a model for a PK-8 STEM-focused school that can be replicated and scaled elsewhere.
  • Developed the academic infrastructure for five new departments to launch a new school of education and human development through its inaugural dean.
  • Developed four new doctoral programs, including a Ph.D. in Education, two Ed.D. programs in School Leadership and Higher Education, and a Doctor of Liberal Studies program (one of only three of its kind in the U.S.).
  • Created strategies to build a constituency of friends and alumni by highlighting the accomplishments of the school during its first 10 years in building support for scholarship and programs.
  • Created a strategic vision focused on undergraduate and graduate programs built on evidence-based practices to improve the lives of children and their families.
  • Built a $24 million operating budget in seven years by employing strategy-based budgeting and careful enrollment management.
  • Recruited and hired a world-class faculty and staff, growing from 50 employees in 2007 to the current 167.
  • Developed a network of partner agencies in Dallas that allows Simmons faculty and students to engage with multiple communities, including K-12 education, the sport industry, wellness and medical communities, and the non-profit sector.
  • Secured support for three new endowed chairs, an endowed deanship, and an endowed professorship.
  • Developed an annual gala to honor Simmons Luminaries, which highlights the contributions of local, state, and national groups or individuals who improve educational outcomes for children.
  • Developed a research and training infrastructure that results in approximately $10 million annually in expenditures and that continues to grow with grants and contracts from federal and state agencies, foundations, and private and corporate donors.
  • Cultivated an alumni and donor network that resulted in an endowment of more than $18 million and more than $45 million in support for capital projects.
  • Completed the design and construction of two state-of-the-art academic buildings with over 80,000 sq. feet of office and classroom spaces, applied physiology labs, and a 21st century teacher development studio designed to advance the development of pre-service and in-service teachers using innovative technologies.
  • Created two centers and an institute designed to engage the Simmons School in the community as a source of support for leadership development, non-profit impact, research, and evaluations of community-based projects.
  • Enhanced enrollment and quality of the Graduate Liberal Studies Program focused on an alternative student body of professionals interested in pursuing liberal arts.

To learn more about the dynamic research and teaching environment of the Simmons School, visit smu.edu/simmons.

SMU: The University

Dallas Hall

SMU is a global research university with a liberal arts tradition that is nonsectarian in its teaching. It has seven degree-granting schools: Cox School of Business, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman School of Law, Lyle School of Engineering, Meadows School of the Arts, Perkins School of Theology, and Simmons School of Education and Human Development. These schools offer undergraduate, master’s, professional, and doctoral degrees in various fields of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, and professional disciplines. The University has an enrollment of 11,000 students, 42 percent of whom are pursuing graduate studies. The students are taught by more than 700 faculty members and have access to library holdings of almost 4 million volumes. In addition to the Dallas campus, SMU has a campus in Taos, New Mexico.

The Center for World University Rankings placed SMU among the top 15 percent of 1,000 universities ranked worldwide again this year. SMU ranked No. 142 overall and No. 27 in the alumni employment category, which is assessed by the number of alumni who have held CEO positions since 2011 at the world’s top 2,000 public companies listed on the Forbes Global 2000 list.

SMU was founded in 1911 by Dallas civic leaders in partnership with the Methodist Church and has been shaped ever since by a commitment to academic freedom and open inquiry as well as the entrepreneurial spirit of the region.

Students walking down Dallas Hall steps

Fall 2020 Campus Profile

Faculty
  • 84.7% of full-time faculty members hold the doctorate or highest degree in their fields.
  • The student-faculty ratio is 11-to-1
  • Total Fall 2020 Full-time Faculty – 767
  • Male – 59%
  • Female – 41%
  • Minority – 19%
Enrollment
  • Total Fall 2020 Enrollment – 12,373
  • Undergraduate students – 6,827
  • Graduate students – 5,546
  • Total new first-year undergraduate students – 1,531
Undergraduate Enrollment by Gender
  • Female – 49%
  • Male – 51%
Graduate Enrollment by Gender
  • Male – 52%
  • Female – 48%
Diversity
  • Total Fall 2020 Identified Minority Enrollment – 3,887
  • Hispanic – 1,618
  • Asian – 929
  • Black/African American – 855
  • American Indian/Alaska Native – 24
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander – 9
  • Two or more races – 452
  • Minority percentage of total enrollment – 31%
Socioeconomic

Three out of four SMU students receive scholarships and/or financial aid, including academic and need-based.

National

More than half of undergraduates come from outside Texas, with students from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Following Texas, the leading home states for first-year students are California, Illinois,Florida and Connecticut.

International

International enrollment of 1,117 students (9% of total enrollment) from 83 foreign countries. The largest international groups are from China, India and Mexico.

Religious – Among students reporting a religious preference
  • 28% are Catholic
  • 14% are Methodist
  • 46% are from other Protestant denominations
  • and 11% represent other religions (including Judaism, Islam and Hinduism).
  • Diverse Campus Ministries organizations support and nurture students in the development of faith and ethics.
Degrees Conferred in 2019-2020
  • Total –3,827
  • Bachelor’s – 1,853
  • Master’s – 1,659
  • Doctoral-Professional (J.D.) – 215
  • Doctoral-Research/Scholarship –100
Degrees Awarded by School in 2019-2020
  • Simmons School of Education and Human Development – 446
  • Cox School of Business – 1,158
  • Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences – 872
  • Lyle School of Engineering –566
  • Meadows School of the Arts – 363
  • Dedman School of Law – 253
  • Perkins School of Theology – 60
  • The Guildhall – 67
  • Research and Graduate Studies (M.S.D.S.) –135

The City of Dallas

The City of Dallas is one of the nation’s most cosmopolitan commercial and cultural centers, and the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex is the fourth largest in the US. A great many publicly traded corporations are headquartered in DFW, with nine Fortune 500 companies based within Dallas. The DFW airport was the fourth-busiest airport in the world in 2020, and travel to nearly anywhere in the world is extremely convenient, often by direct flight. Dallas’ quality of life is exceptional, with a relatively low cost of living and a variety of housing options from high-rise, urban apartments to country-style single-family homes. A full range of professional sports teams, popular to highbrow music venues, a lively and innovative restaurant scene, and more make Dallas an extremely livable city. 

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. 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, characterized by engaged learning projects and corporate and community partnerships. To learn more about the rich culture of Dallas, visit https://www.visitdallas.com/.

SMU does 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, accessequity@smu.edu.

SMU researchers are part of an inclusive and intellectually vibrant community of internationally recognized scholars across the humanities, social sciences, mathematical sciences, engineering, and business with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness. SMU is committed to inclusive teaching and opportunities for mentoring diverse students at graduate and undergraduate levels and offers excellent benefits including full same-sex domestic partner benefits. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds. Explore SMU at http://www.smu.edu.

Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.