Faculty Opportunities

Welcome to the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, where faculty and staff are dedicated to the development of professionals across many fields of education, educational leadership, and applied physiology. The interdisciplinary work we do at Simmons focuses on creating and disseminating evidence-based knowledge across these fields to address the challenges of an increasingly changing, diverse world. Our high-quality teaching and rigorous scholarship are grounded in a collaborative spirit and in an orientation to the communities we serve. 

For more information about our departments please visit our websites: 

Bilingual Education/ESL- Associate Professor 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 the current research projects at the Simmons School, 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  

  • Earned doctorate in a bilingual education or ESL-related field;
  • Demonstrated and ongoing record of scholarly work commensurate with rank of Associate Professor;
  • History of obtaining or applying for external funding for research;
  • Excellence in teaching graduate courses;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • Experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations; and
  • Evidence of participation or leadership in national and/or international professional organizations.

Preferred Qualifications  

  • Experience developing and/or sustaining collaborative partnerships and interdisciplinary initiatives;
  • Multi-lingual candidates who are fluent in English and Spanish;
  • Two or more years of experience working in Pre-K-12 contexts; and
  • Demonstrated mentorship of doctoral students.

The Simmons School was founded in 2005 and is ranked among the top 15 private education schools in the United States. The school has undergraduate and graduate programs across five academic departments, including Applied Physiology and Wellness, Counseling and Dispute Resolution, Education Policy and Leadership, Graduate Liberal Studies, and Teaching and Learning. Comprised of two state-of-the-art academic buildings, the Simmons School has over 80,000 sq. feet of office and classroom spaces, applied physiology labs, and a 21st century teacher development studio to advance the development of pre-service and in-service teachers. The Simmons School promotes excellence by engaging in and disseminating research, securing significant external grants and contracts, preparing exemplary professionals, and collaborating with other schools on campus. 

Located near the center of Dallas, SMU is a private university of about 12,000 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, visit: http://smu.edu.

Application Process

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.  

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. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

 

Education Policy and Leadership -Associate/Full Professor 53215

The Simmons School of Education & Human Development at Southern Methodist University invites applications for an associate/full professor of educational leadership in the Department of Education Policy and Leadership (EPL; http://smu.edu/epl). 

We seek a collaborative colleague to join our research community and be involved in our masters- and doctoral-level (Ed.D. and Ph.D.) educational leadership programs through excellent teaching and advising and mentorship. The successful candidate will be an established scholar whose research, teaching, and professional experience have prepared them to enhance the EPL department’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

SMU’s EPL department is a dynamic and collegial environment where research, policy, and practice are valued and considered vital to the preparation of future leaders in both K12 and higher education contexts. Our highly productive faculty has diversity of expertise and pursue a wide-range of research focused on policy, district and community partnerships, and PK-12 practice. The department is also an associate member of the University Council for Educational Administration.  

Essential Qualifications for the Position

  • A cutting edge and innovative scholarly research agenda around matters of school, district, or community leadership; school improvement; and/or organizational development to support social justice and equity
  • A distinguished scholarly record, including publications, teaching, and presentations  x A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness x Nationally or international recognition for contributing significantly to the field commensurate with rank at the associate or full professor level
  • Evidence of the use of rigorous research using qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods x A history of securing external funding for research
  • Evidence of excellence in instruction, mentoring and advising at the master’s and doctoral levels (preferably both Ph.D. and Ed.D.) 
  • An earned doctorate in educational administration, leadership, policy, or related field

Preferred Qualifications

The department prefers candidates: 1) who are eligible for appointment at the rank of full professor, 2) with teaching or leadership experience in PK-12 school contexts, and 3) with experience in developing and/or sustaining collaborative school/district or community partnerships and/or interdisciplinary research teams. 

About the Simmons School, SMU & Dallas

The Simmons School was founded in 2005 and is ranked among the top 15 private graduate education schools in the United States. The school has undergraduate and graduate programs across five academic departments, including Applied Physiology and Wellness, Counseling and Dispute Resolution, Education Policy and Leadership, Graduate Liberal Studies, and Teaching and Learning. Comprised of two state-of-the-art academic buildings, the Simmons School has over 80,000 sq. feet of office and classroom spaces, applied physiology labs, and a 21st century teacher development studio to advance the development of pre-service and in-service teachers. The Simmons School promotes excellence by engaging in and disseminating research, securing significant external grants and contracts, preparing exemplary professionals, and collaborating with other schools on campus.

Located near the center of Dallas, SMU is 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 explore SMU, visit http://smu.edu.

Dallas-Fort Worth is one of the nation’s leading business centers, a major transportation hub and the home of rich cultural programs and diverse sports events. U.S. News ranked DFW #15 as one of the “100 Best Places to Live in the USA” in 2017. The DFW metroplex is the nation's 4th largest metropolitan area and 5th in the number of Fortune 500 companies. Dallas offers top-tier museums and performance facilities, a strong sports culture, including teams in all four major sports leagues, and ample hike and bike trails for outdoor enthusiasts. 

Application Procedure

For consideration, interested applicants should submit:

  1. A cover letter highlighting the candidate’s qualifications with specific reference to research, teaching, and mentorship experience. The department encourages candidates to highlight their efforts and address their commitment to social justice and equity and/or qualifications to work with diverse students, faculty, and staff in their application materials.
  2. A current curriculum vita.
  3. The names and contact information for three professional references. References will only be contacted if the candidate advances to the on-campus interview stage.
  4. Two representative scholarly publications

All materials should be submitted electronically through Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/96294. To retain font and formatting integrity, save documents in .pdf format. 

For questions or to discuss the position, contact one of the search co-chairs: Dr. Leanne Ketterlin Geller (lkgeller@smu.edu) or Dr. Alexandra Pavlakis (pavlakis@smu.edu). 

Start Date for this position is August 1, 2022.

Review of applications will begin December 15, 2021. To ensure full consideration for the position, the application must be received by December 15, 2021, but the committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. The committee will notify applicants of its employment decisions after the position is filled.  Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check. 

SMU EPL Associate Full Professor Announcement

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.

Teaching and Learning - Associate/Full Professor/Department Chair 52065

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

  • An earned doctorate in an education-related field aligned with Teaching and Learning;
  • Ongoing record of scholarly work commensurate with rank of full professor with tenure;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness;
  • Demonstrated administrative and leadership ability developed through prior experiences in administering centers, large grants, or interdisciplinary programs;
  • Excellence in teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses;
  • Evidence of ongoing service to national professional organizations; and
  • A track record of obtaining external funding for research.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience developing and/or sustaining collaborative partnerships and interdisciplinary initiatives;
  • Leadership experience within higher education, such as serving in administrative positions such as department chair or program director;
  • Two or more years of teaching experience working in Pre-K-12 contexts;
  • Demonstrated mentorship of doctoral students and junior faculty, and
  • Experience serving in leadership roles in national professional organizations, grant review panels, or major editorial roles in the field of education.

Located near the center of Dallas, in the thriving Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, SMU is a private nonsectarian university of 11,000 students offering strong undergraduate, graduate and professional programs through seven schools – Simmons School of Education and Human Development, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Cox School of Business, Meadows School of the Arts, Lyle School of Engineering, Perkins School of Theology, and Dedman School of Law. To learn more about the rich cultural environment of SMU: http://smu.edu. To learn more about the rich culture of Dallas visit https://www.visitdallas.com/.

The Simmons School of Education and Human Development was founded in 2005 and is ranked among the top 15 private education schools in the United States. The school has undergraduate and graduate programs across five academic departments, including Applied Physiology and Wellness, Counseling and Dispute Resolution, Education Policy and Leadership, Graduate Liberal Studies, and Teaching and Learning. Comprised of two state-of-the-art academic buildings, the Simmons School has over 80,000 sq. feet of office and classroom spaces, applied physiology labs, and a 21st century teacher development studio to advance the development of pre-service and in-service teachers. The school offers a research-intensive doctoral training program that leads to a PhD in education, and a practitioner oriented EdD in higher education. The Simmons School promotes excellence by engaging in and disseminating research, securing significant external grants and contracts, preparing exemplary professionals, and collaborating with other schools on campus.  In addition, Simmons is currently in partnership with Toyota, DallasISD, 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.  To learn more about the dynamic research and teaching environment at the Simmons School:  https://www.smu.edu/simmons.

 

The Simmon’s School Department of Teaching and Learning is a dynamic and collegial environment where research, teaching, and service are valued. Our clinical and tenure-line faculty have extensive experience in research and practice and we value a diversity of expertise and experiences. The department seeks candidates to chair the department whose research, administrative, teaching, and/or professional experience have prepared them to contribute positively to the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. For additional information, please visit: https://www.smu.edu/simmons/Academics/TeacherEducation

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 us at teacher@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.

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.