Department of Teaching & Learning

Rank/Title: Associate/Full Professor / Department Chair
Position Number: 00052065

The Simmons School of Education & Human Development invites applications for a tenured Full Professor / Department Chair position in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Qualified applicants may also be considered for the Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Endowed Professor in Simmons.

Distinguished candidates at the rank of associate professor with tenure may also be considered, if eligible to assume the rank of professor pending the approval of the appropriate university officials. This is a unique opportunity to join and to shape a vibrant research and teacher education community situated in an increasingly diverse and globally connected university. For more information about the current research projects at the Simmons School, please visit https://www.smu.edu/simmons/Research/Projects.

The Department Chair will support ongoing efforts towards equity and inclusion, advance the quality and reputation of the programs within the department, and build on the collaborative and supportive culture for faculty, staff, and students. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds. We are especially interested in candidates whose scholarly work focuses on one or more of the following areas: pre-K-12 education, STEM education, urban education, learning sciences equity or social justice in education, reading and writing education, or special education.

Required qualifications include: (a) an earned doctorate in an education-related field aligned with Teaching and Learning; (b) ongoing record of scholarly work commensurate with rank of full professor with tenure; (c) demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness; (d) demonstrated administrative and leadership ability developed through prior experiences in administering centers, large grants, or interdisciplinary programs; (e) excellence in teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses; (f) evidence of ongoing service to national professional organizations; and d) a track record of obtaining external funding for research.

Preferred qualifications include: (a) experience developing and/or sustaining collaborative partnerships and interdisciplinary initiatives; (b) leadership experience within higher education, such as serving in administrative positions such as department chair or program director; (c) two or more years of teaching experience working in Pre-K-12 contexts; (e) demonstrated mentorship of doctoral students and junior faculty, and (f) experience serving in leadership roles in national professional organizations, grant review panels, or major editorial roles in the field of education.

Application Instructions: Review of applications will begin on November 30, 2021, and the position will remain open until filled. Reference the position number 00052065 on all documents submitted for application: (1) cover letter outlining research, teaching, and administrative experience and highlighting the candidate’s demonstrable commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; (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. All materials should be submitted electronically through Interfolio http://apply.interfolio.com/96801. For questions about the search submission process, contact Paula Serna at pserna@smu.edu. For questions about the department or position, contact Dr. Stephanie Al Otaiba and Dr. Francesca Go, Search Committee Co-Chairs, salotaiba@smu.edu; fjones@smu.edu. Additional search committee members include Dr. Johnitha Watkins Johnson, Dr. Amy Gillespie Rouse, Dr. Candace Walkington and Dr. Quentin Sedlacek. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check. The start date for this position is Summer 2022. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Rank/Title: Associate Professor of Bilingual Education/ESL
Position Number: 53450

The Simmons School of Education & Human Development invites applications for a tenured position at the Associate Professor level in bilingual education or English as a second language in the Department of Teaching and Learning. This is a unique opportunity to join a vibrant research and teacher education community. For more information about Simmons School research, please visit https://www.smu.edu/simmons/Research/Projects.   

Responsibilities include teaching, research, and service. The successful candidate will be expected to engage in graduate education by teaching two 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 is at the intersection of bilingual education/ESL and assessment or special education. We encourage advanced Assistant Professors who have records commensurate with promotion to Associate Professor to apply. For additional information about the department programs, please visit: https://www.smu.edu/simmons/Academics/TeacherEducation.

Required qualifications include: (a) earned doctorate in a bilingual education or ESL-related field; (b) demonstrated and ongoing record of scholarly work commensurate with rank of Associate Professor; (c) (f) history of obtaining or applying for external funding for research; (d) excellence in teaching graduate courses; (e) demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; (f) experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations; and (g) evidence of participation or leadership in national and/or international professional organizations.

Preferred qualifications include: (a) experience developing and/or sustaining collaborative partnerships and interdisciplinary initiatives; (b) multi-lingual candidates who are fluent in English and Spanish; (c) two or more years of experience working in Pre-K-12 contexts; and (d) demonstrated mentorship of doctoral students.

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2021, 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. All materials should be submitted electronically through Interfolio at: http://apply.interfolio.com/95567. 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 2022. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

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 Counseling and Dispute Resolution

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.

Department of Education Policy and Leadership

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

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


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 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/AlaskaNative – 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

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/).  To learn more about the rich culture of Dallas, visit https://www.visitdallas.com/.

The Simmons School of Education & Human Development

Ranked among the top 15 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. 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 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.