Department of Education Policy and Leadership

Rank/Title: Associate/Full Professor/Department Chair
Position Number: 53215

The Simmons School of Education & Human Development invites applications for an Associate-Full Professor / Department Chair position in The Department of Education Policy and Leadership (EPL). EPL seeks a scholar with a strong record of research and external funding in K-12 educational leadership and/or administrator preparation. We seek an experienced and capable leader to serve as chair of the EPL Department. Preferred research agenda would include one or more of the following areas: educational executive, mid-level, and distributed leadership; leadership for STEM education; effectiveness of administrator preparation programs; impact of educational innovation on teachers and administrators; educational equity and K-12 educational leadership and policy. K-12 experience is desirable. The candidate should be able to show evidence of administrative ability through prior experience in administering programs, departments, centers, or large grants. Applicants with the rank of Associate Professor who would be eligible for promotion to Full Professor are preferred. This position would provide performance assessment and mentorship to the department’s junior faculty and would also engage in academic advising by serving on doctoral dissertation committees and teaching at the graduate level. This position will also serve as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council.

Duties and Responsibilities

Minimum Requirements: This position requires: (a) an earned doctorate in educational leadership, policy or administration; instructional leadership; or a closely related field; (b) a distinguished scholarly record at the associate or full professor level in educational leadership or a closely related field; (c) experience in areas of program development and mentoring of junior faculty and graduate students; (d) record of relevant teaching; (e) a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness; (f) evidence of participation/leadership in national professional organizations; and (g) a commitment to working in an interdisciplinary teaching and learning environment.

Preferred Qualifications: Evidence of educational leadership experience in K-16 school systems as a teacher, principal, director, superintendent, university administrator, or combination of experiences; history of obtaining external funding for research; a commitment to diversity and interest in working with K-12 schools in an urban setting.

Located near the center of Dallas, SMUis a private university of 11,000 students offering strong undergraduate, graduate and professional programs through seven schools – Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Cox School of Business, Meadow School of the Arts, Lyle School of Engineering, Perkins School of Theology, Dedman School of Law, and Simmons School of Education and Human Development. To learn more about the rich cultural environment of SMU: http://smu.edu

Interested applicants should submit their application package through the online system: Interfolio. The package should include: 1) a letter of application highlighting the candidate's qualifications, 2) a complete curriculum vitae and, and 3) the names of three references. References will not be contacted unless candidates are selected as finalists.

For questions about the search submission process, contact Karen Milligan at kmilligan@smu.edu. For questions about the department or the position, contact Dr. Frank Hernandez, Search Committee Chair, at frankh@smu.edu.

Applicants should submit their application package by December 10, 2018. Reference the position number (53215) in all documents submitted for application. The committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check. The start date for this position is Summer 2019.

Application Due Date: April 26, 2019

Where to Apply: https://apply.interfolio.com/46967

For further information contact: kmilligan@smu.edu

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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, accessequity@smu.edu.

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 Applied Physiology & Wellness

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Rank/Title: Clinical Assistant Professor, Sport Management                        Position Number: 53286

The Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development at Southern Methodist University offers an exciting and unique opportunity in the Department of Applied Physiology and Wellness’ Sport Management program. This is non-tenure-track, nine-month renewable contract, Clinical Assistant Professor, Sport Management position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. Summer teaching opportunities may be available but not guaranteed. Position begins August, 2020.

Position requirements: responsible for a faculty teaching load of 4 courses or approximately 12 credit hours per semester including but not limited to: Contemporary Issues in Sport Management, Applied Management Skills in Sports and Fitness, Sports Marketing, Sports Data and Analytics, and Revenue in Sport; undergraduate advising of general education curriculum and major degree program requirements; maintaining office hours and an appropriate student-centered presence on campus; and participating in the development, growth, and expansion of the sport management program. This position may include teaching graduate courses in the Master of Science Sport Management program.

Minimum qualifications: earned master’s degree in Sport Management or an appropriate and closely related discipline (i.e., Kinesiology with an emphasis, focus, or concentration in sport management; Sport Administration; Sport Science); expertise to teach courses at the undergraduate level across multiple sport management classes; demonstrated potential as a teacher-scholar; and outstanding interpersonal communication skills.

Preferred qualifications: earned doctorate degree on or before August 1, 2020 in Sport Management or an appropriate and closely related discipline (i.e., Kinesiology with an emphasis, focus, or concentration in sport management; Sport Administration; Sport Science); experience teaching undergraduate or graduate courses in Sports Marketing, Sports Sponsorship, Sport Data and Analytics, Contemporary Issues in Sport Management, Sport Finance, and Revenue in Sport, as well as courses in any of the following areas: Legal and Ethical Aspects of Fitness and Sport; Sport Law, and Ethics in Sport; U.S. sports industry experience; industry-relevant sport scholarly research; contacts and/or demonstrated collaborations within the U.S. sports industry.

Application: Candidates should submit their application materials through the Interfolio online system: http://apply.interfolio.com/69328 The application materials include the following items: 1) a letter of application highlighting the candidate’s qualifications, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should be submitted directly from the author through Interfolio. Candidates may submit Twitter handle, website links, or other relevant professional materials that showcase samples of their work product or sports industry engagement to: Peter J. Carton, Jr., Faculty Search Chair, Clinical Assistant Professor, Sport Management Search Committee, Simmons School of Education and Human Development, Southern Methodist University, PO Box 750382, Dallas, Texas 75275-0382 or as email attachments to pcarton@smu.edu.

To ensure full consideration for the position, applications must be submitted by January 5, 2020 but the committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. The committee will notify applicants of the employment decision after the position is filled. Please refer to Position No. 53286 on all application materials. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.

For questions about the search submission process, the department or the position, please contact Search Chair Peter J. Carton, Jr. at pcarton@smu.edu.

SMU, a private, nonsectarian university of about 12,000 students, is an inclusive and intellectually vibrant community of teachers and scholars that values diverse research and creative agendas. SMU offers excellent benefits including full same-sex domestic partner benefits. Explore SMU at www.smu.edu and learn more about the Simmons School here. Our beautifully shaded campus of Georgian-Revival-inspired architecture is situated in the heart of Dallas. The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, a culturally rich arts and global business center, is home to many universities, arts organizations, and Fortune 500 corporations. Visit www.dallaschamber.org

Department of Teaching & Learning

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Rank/Title: Assistant/Associate Professor of STEM
Position Number: 53464

Description: The Simmons School of Education & Human Development invites applications for a tenure-track or tenured position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in one of the STEM areas or a faculty member who has a research focus in an integrated STEM Education area in the Department of Teaching and Learning. This is a unique opportunity to be involved in shaping a new dynamic public school focused on STEM Education and join a vibrant research and teacher education community. This new school represents a four-way partnership between industry, school district, university, and the community. For more information about the West Dallas Stem School, please visit https://www.smu.edu/simmons/AboutUs/ModelSchool.  For more information about the current research projects at the Simmons School, please visit https://www.smu.edu/simmons/Research/Projects.

Responsibilities: Teaching, research, and service.  The successful candidate will be expected to engage in undergraduate and graduate education, by teaching 2 courses or the equivalent each semester, as well as maintain an active research agenda which includes seeking external research funding. We are especially interested in candidates whose scholarly work focuses on one of the STEM disciplines in one or more of the following areas: Pre-K-12 student learning, bilingual education, teacher education, urban education, or learning sciences.

The successful candidate will have the unique opportunity to engage in the development and ongoing collaboration focused on instructional innovation, professional learning, community partnerships and/or the research agenda for a new Pre-K-8 public school focused on STEM education. For additional information, please visit: https://www.smu.edu/simmons/Academics/TeacherEducation. 

Qualifications: Required qualifications include: (a) earned doctorate in a STEM Education-related field; (b) demonstrated and ongoing record of scholarly work commensurate with rank; (c) excellence in teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses; (d) demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness; and (e) evidence of participation/leadership in national professional organizations.Preferred qualifications include: (a) experience developing and/or sustaining collaborative partnerships and interdisciplinary initiatives; (b) two or more years of experience working in Pre-K-12 contexts; (c) history of obtaining external funding for research and (d) demonstrated mentorship of doctoral students.

Application: Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2019, and the position will remain open until filled. Reference the position number in all documents submitted for application: (1) cover letter outlining research, teaching, and service experience; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) copies of two representative scholarly publications; and (4) the names, affiliations, and contact information for three references. References will only be contacted if the candidate advances to the on-campus interview stage. For questions about the search submission process, contact Paula Serna at pserna@smu.edu. For questions about the department or position, contact Dr. Annie Wilhelm, Search Committee Chair, awilhelm@smu.edu. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check. The start date for this position is August 2020. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

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Rank/Title: Clinical Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education
Position Number: 53208

Description: The Department of Teaching and Learning in The Simmons School of Education and Human Development invites nominations and applications for a full-time, non-tenured Clinical Assistant Professor position in Bilingual Education.  The start date is August 2020.

Qualifications: Qualifications include a commitment to graduate and undergraduate teaching, and a respect for diversity in the school communities we serve. Candidates should have an earned doctorate in education or a related field (i.e., psychology, applied linguistics, bilingual education, TESOL, anthropology) and speak Spanish fluently, as well as have a deep understanding of the Hispanic culture.  Teaching experience at the college level, and elementary or secondary level is desirable, as is experience in ESL strategies and mathematics or science education.

Application Instructions:The application package should include the following: 1) a letter of application detailing interest and qualifications for the position; 2) a current vita; 3) unofficial graduate transcripts; 4) Course evaluations by a supervisor or by students; and 5) three letters of recommendation.  Letters of recommendation should be submitted directly from the author through the online system: http://www.interfolio.com.

Applicants interested in the position should apply here: http://apply.interfolio.com/70637. Questions can be addressed to the search committee co-chairs, Dr. Johnitha Johnson at johnithaj@smu.edu or Dr. Abby Pruitt at abigail@smu.edu, reference the associated position number. To ensure full consideration for the position, please apply by December 1, 2019. The committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled and will notify applicants of the employment decision after the position is filled. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.

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Rank/Title: Clinical Professor of Educational Diagnostician and Director of the Learning Therapy Program
Position Number: 52507

Description: The Department of Teaching and Learning in the Simmons School of Education and Human Development invites nominations and applications for a full-time, non-tenured Clinical Professor of Educational Diagnostician and Director of the Learning Therapy.  The start date is August 2020.

Qualifications: Qualifications include a commitment to graduate and undergraduate teaching, and a respect for diversity in the school communities we serve. Candidates should have an earned doctorate in Special Education or a related field (i.e., Diagnostician, Educational Psychology or Literacy). Requirements for the position include experience in a school setting as a diagnostician, school psychologist, dyslexia interventionist or teacher.  Preference will go to those who also have teaching and administrative experience in higher education. Bilingual diagnostician experience preferred. Additional Training and Certification Preferences: Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT), CALT Instructor; Additional International Dyslexia Association qualifications

Application Instructions: The application package should include the following: 1) a letter of application detailing interest and qualifications for the position; 2) a current vita; 3) unofficial graduate transcripts; 4) Course evaluations by a supervisor or by students; and 5) three letters of recommendation.  Letters of recommendation should be submitted directly from the author through the online system: http://www.interfolio.com. Applicants interested in the position should apply here: http://apply.interfolio.com/70646. Questions can be addressed to the search committee co-chairs, Dr. Francesca Jones at fjones@smu.edu or Dr. Diane Gifford at dgifford@smu.edu reference the associated position number.

To ensure full consideration for the position, please apply by December 1, 2019. The committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled and will notify applicants of the employment decision after the position is filled. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.

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. To learn more about the Simmons School, click here

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 research that combines quantitative and qualitative methodologies, generates new hypotheses, and influences pedagogical practices in early childhood (or “EC”) through grade-12 schools.

Department of Counseling and Dispute Resolution

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Rank/Title: Clinical Assistant Professor
Position Number: 52933, 53319

Description: The Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University seeks two full-time Assistant Clinical Professors for the Program in Counseling within the Department of Dispute Resolution and Counseling for Fall 2019. Applicants will be chosen from a single pool to fill two Positions:  Numbers 52933 and 53319.

Responsibilities:
Teaching counseling course work
Academic (individual and group) advising
Curriculum and program development
Clinical Supervision of students
Providing administrative support for departmental and institutional projects
Demonstrated or potential for scholarly productivity, research, and publication
Providing service to the program, university, and community

These are renewable non-tenured positions with an initial one-year appointment beginning August 1, 2019.

Qualifications:

Required minimum qualifications include:
•    A doctoral degree in counseling or marriage and family therapy (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) by employment date of August 1, 2019.
•    Licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy and/or Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas with supervisory credentials or eligible for state licensure with goal of supervisory credentials.
•    Teaching experience in counseling related courses and/or related topics with specific emphasis on school counseling, marriage and family counseling, addiction/substance abuse, research and statistics, diversity, clinical courses, or assessment.
•    Demonstrated identity as a counselor educator.
•    Clinical experience in the field.
•    Graduate of a CACREP program.

Preferred qualifications: 
•    Texas LMFT-S and/or LPC-S.
•    Experience in supervision/management of a clinic.

Application Instructions:

Application materials required:

1) a letter of application detailing interest and qualifications for the position; 2) a current vita; 3) examples of syllabi and course evaluations ; 4) official graduate transcripts; 5) video of a 20-minute teaching demonstration; 6) three letters of recommendation (or reference) that specifically address clinical and teaching expertise, and 7) a statement of teaching philosophy.

Review of applications will begin March 2019. To ensure full consideration for the position, the application must be postmarked by March 20, 2019, but the selection committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. The committee will notify the applicants of its employment decision after the position is filled.

About the Department of Counseling and Dispute Resolution

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 in Counseling maintains approximately 230 graduate students whose capstone experience is practica in the state of the art SMU Center for Family Counseling.  Awarded CACREP accreditation for eight years, the program offers Clinical Mental Health counseling, Marriage, Couple, and Family counseling, and School counseling. The new location for the Center for Family Counseling will open in Fall 2019 on SMU's East Campus to offer services for the community and provide a laboratory experience for students. Supportive faculty work collaboratively to sustain the nurturing and innovative environment which is the hallmark of the program and has contributed to its ongoing success. To learn more about the Simmons School, click here

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."

Since SMU’s founding in 1911, the main campus has grown to more than 100 buildings, seven degree-granting schools, more than 80 baccalaureate degree programs through 5 undergraduate schools and a variety of graduate degrees, a full-time faculty numbering more than 700, and assets of $2.16 billion.

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, accessequity@smu.edu. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background check for final applicants.


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

The University

Dallas Hall

SMU is a global research university with a liberal arts tradition. 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.

The University is nonsectarian in its teaching. It was founded 100 years ago as a partnership between the Methodist church and the people of Dallas 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 2015 Campus Profile

  • Total staff and administrators: 1,487
  • Total full-time faculty: 740
  • Male faculty: 60.7%
  • Female faculty: 39.3%
  • Minority faculty: 19.3%
  • 82.2% of full-time faculty members hold the doctorate or highest degree in their fields.
  • The student-faculty ratio is 11-to-1.
  • Total enrollment: 11,643
  • Undergraduate students: 6,411
  • New first-year undergraduates: 1,374
  • Graduate students: 5,232
  • Undergraduate male enrollment: 50%
  • Undergraduate female enrollment: 50%
  • Graduate male enrollment: 54%
  • Graduate female enrollment: 46%
  • Average age of undergraduates: 20
  • Average age of graduate students: 30
  • Total identified minority enrollment: 3,030
    • Hispanic: 1,251
    • Asian: 715
    • Black/African American: 701
    • American Indian/Alaska Native: 38
    • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 16
    • Two or more races: 309
    • Minority percentage of total enrollment 26%

The national enrollment is from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, with more than half of undergraduates from outside Texas. Following Texas, the leading home states for first-year students are California, Florida, Illinois, and Connecticut. The International enrollment of 1,652 students (14% of total enrollment) comes from 92 foreign countries. The largest international groups are from China, India, and Saudi Arabia.

Religious Preferences of Students who Report One

  • Catholic: 25%
  • Methodist: 16%
  • Other Protestant: 38%
  • Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and other: 14%

Rankings

  • “Higher research activity” classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
  • #61 out of 270 best national universities by U.S. News & World Report
  • Cox School of Business among the top business schools nationally and globally, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Economist, and Forbes
  • Dedman School of Law #46 among 198 accredited law schools, according to U.S. News & World Report
  • Meadows School of the Arts: #1 music program in the U.S., according to College Factual

The City of Dallas

SMU is located in the heart of Dallas, in the beautiful University Park residential area. 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, which makes it the fourth-largest and fifth-most diverse metropolitan area in the U.S., the region is home to nearly 20 Fortune 500 companies and has 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. 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. (SMU Community and Economic Impact Report: http://smu.edu/impact/).

The Simmons School of Education & Human Development

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. 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, The 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, the Center for Family Counseling and its two satellites, TRIO College Access, Mediation Services, Creative Writing, and the McNair Scholars program.

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

  • 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.

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, accessequity@smu.edu.

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