Tenure Track Positions

Dedman College is accepting the following applications for tenured track positions to begin Fall 2024:

Anthropology.  Position No. 5773. The SMU Department of Anthropology invites nominations and applications for a tenure-track position in medical anthropology. SMU ranked 72 among national colleges in 2023, and is a private, secular research institution. This is an opportunity to be involved in shaping innovative, interdisciplinary, research- and activism-oriented programming and curricula in a dynamic, well-established, and growing Department of Anthropology with a competitive undergraduate major in Health and Society and MA and PhD programs in medical anthropology.  As one of eight tenure-line positions associated with Southern Methodist University’s faculty cluster in urban research, this position offers opportunities for rich interdisciplinary connections among new and existing SMU faculty. The cluster fosters research on cities and urbanization from local and global perspectives. SMU’s location in Dallas, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the country, is an ideal setting for studying the opportunities and inequities that individuals, groups, and communities confront as they navigate and shape urban life.  Minimum qualifications: Completed requirements for a doctoral or other terminal degree in Anthropology or related field and PhD in hand by August 1, 2024; expertise to teach courses in medical anthropology and related fields and demonstrated potential as a scholar-teacher. Preferred qualifications: PhD in hand; experience teaching graduate and/or undergraduate courses in Medical Anthropology or related fields relevant to our undergraduate program in Health and Society; ability to make significant contributions as a mentor and teacher for our M.A. and Ph.D.-level students in Anthropology; grant-supported research and/or creative scholarship which has led to publication, exhibition or dissemination in refereed journals or national venues. Experience with or an interest in community-engaged research in urban areas is desirable. Position begins August 1, 2024.  To apply, please send your letter of application highlighting your research (funding and publications), teaching (courses, level) and mentoring experience, complete curriculum vitae, and the names of three academic references to: I http://apply.interfolio.com/128525. Review of applications will begin immediately. To ensure full consideration, your application must be received by October 15, 2023, 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. Questions regarding the application should be directed to Dr. Neely Myers at namyers@smu.edu. SMU is growing in exciting ways with recent philanthropic gifts creating a new $100 million Moody Graduate School offering enhancements for our graduate students and faculty, and a new $30 million Peter O’Donnell Data Science Institute. We also just joined the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) for college athletics.  SMU faculty are part of an inclusive and intellectually vibrant community of internationally recognized scholars across the humanities, social sciences, mathematical sciences, engineering, law, fine arts, and business. SMU offers excellent benefits. In Anthropology, our faculty advance intellectual frontiers, both ancient and modern, through groundbreaking interdisciplinary research, innovative teaching, and community outreach, aimed at bringing insight and understanding to issues of inequality, global health and development, migration and borderland communities, and human impacts on and responses to climate change. Anthropology has long been one of the strongest programs at SMU and we have one of the oldest graduate medical anthropology programs in the U.S. Our undergraduate, Masters’ and PhD-level programs help students build a complex understanding of difference, critical thinking, and global reach to best prepare them for life after graduation in academia and industry. Faculty currently hold competitive federal research grants from the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation, among others.  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. SMU faculty enjoy a relatively low cost of living despite easy access to two major airports, a full range of cultural offerings, professional sports teams, and a lively and innovative restaurant scene. Explore Dedman College at https://www.smu.edu/dedman, and SMU at http://www.smu.edu.

Economics.  Position numbers 00050361, 00053657, and 00053622. The Department of Economics in Dedman College of Southern Methodist University (SMU) invites applications for three tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level. We are interested in candidates with a strong research focus in all areas of economics, but particularly macroeconomics, microeconomic theory, international economics, and urban economics. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds.  The position in urban economics is one of eight tenure-line positions associated with Southern Methodist University’s faculty cluster in urban research, and offers opportunities for rich interdisciplinary connections among new and existing SMU faculty. The cluster fosters research on cities and urbanization from local and global perspectives. SMU’s location in Dallas, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the country, is an ideal setting for studying the opportunities and inequities that individuals, groups, and communities confront as they navigate and shape urban life.  Qualifications. Ph.D. in Economics or related field is required by August 1, 2024. Position start date is August 1, 2024. Application. Applications must be submitted via Interfolio (http://apply.interfolio.com/128547). Candidates should upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, job market paper, teaching statement, research statement, and three letters of recommendation. To ensure full consideration for the position, the application must be received by November 15, 2023, 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. For additional information on this position send inquiries to eco@smu.eduDepartment. The SMU Department of Economics is home to a passionate group of research active scholars. Economics is the second most popular major at SMU amongst undergraduates. We also maintain successful master’s and Ph.D. programs. We seek an innovative and inclusive educator and mentor for undergraduates and graduate students. For more information see http://smu.edu/economics/

English. Position No. 00050582. The Southern Methodist University Department of English invites applicants for a tenure-track assistant or advanced assistant professor beginning Fall/August 2024 specializing in African American literature, which may include Afro-Caribbean, Afro- Brazilian, Black Feminism, or other fields of the African Diaspora. As one of eight tenure-line positions associated with Southern Methodist University’s faculty cluster in urban research, this position offers opportunities for rich interdisciplinary connections among new and existing SMU faculty, as seen here. The cluster fosters research on cities and urbanization from local and global perspectives. SMU’s location in Dallas, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the country, is an ideal setting for studying the opportunities and inequities that individuals, groups, and communities confront as they navigate and shape urban life. Preferred candidates will demonstrate research interests that overlap broadly with the cluster. Dedicated to academic freedom and open inquiry, SMU is at the heart of a cosmopolitan, globally significant urban center. SMU welcomes all to its ethnically diverse campus, where individual dignity and worth are essential. We seek a colleague who can contribute energetically to our department and to the cluster’s focus as we embark on an expansive plan of postdoctoral fellowships, conferences, symposia, and visiting scholars and writers. We would particularly welcome a scholar-teacher capable of broadening our vibrant, fully funded Ph.D. program with new ideas and challenging course offerings. We require a completed Ph.D. in English or in a directly related area by the time of appointment, evidence of scholarship and/or publications, and a clear research plan. Applications should include a cover letter comprising statements of research and teaching interests, a curriculum vitae, and three reference letters. Questions should be addressed to the chair of the search committee, Darryl Dickson-Carr, Department of English, Dedman College, Southern Methodist University, P.O. Box 750435, Dallas, Texas 75275. We will accept applications via Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/128553. Priority will be given to applications received by November 1, 2023, but the committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.

Philosophy. Position No. 6273. The Department of Philosophy at Southern Methodist University invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor appointment beginning Fall/August 2024. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Philosophy or a related discipline at the time of the appointment. AOS and AOC open, but with a preference for ethics (including applied ethics), social and political philosophy, philosophy of race, and related subfields (broadly construed). The position is part of a cluster hire in urban research, which aims to address some of the challenges and opportunities of cities in the 21st Century. The department has a particular need for philosophy courses covering topics like the following: immigration, poverty and economic justice, race and racism, racial justice, environmental justice, public health, housing equity, policing, technology and surveillance, community engagement, or culture and aesthetics of the city. The successful candidate must show potential to publish at a high level as well as promise in teaching at the undergraduate level. The teaching load is 2-2. Salary, benefits and research support will be competitive. The Department of Philosophy is committed to increasing the diversity of the department and the campus community and strongly encourages applications from members of groups that continue to be underrepresented in academia and the field of Philosophy. SMU is academically secular and welcomes faculty and students from all backgrounds. SMU is committed to protecting tenure and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus. As a private institution, SMU is exempt from recent state laws weakening public academic institutions. More information about the philosophy department can be found at: http://www.smu.edu/dedman/academics/departments/philosophy All inquiries about the position can be directed to Assoc. Prof. Philippe Chuard, pchuard@smu.edu.. Applications should be submitted through interfolio: "http://apply.interfolio.com/128556">http://apply.interfolio.com/128556 and should include a research statement, documentation of teaching interests and experience, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and at least three letters of reference. Review of applications will begin November 1 2023, but the committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. As one of eight tenure-line positions associated with Southern Methodist University’s faculty cluster in urban research, this position offers opportunities for rich interdisciplinary connections among new and existing SMU faculty. The cluster fosters research on cities and urbanization from local and global perspectives. SMU’s location in Dallas, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the country, is an ideal setting for studying the opportunities and inequities that individuals, groups, and communities confront as they navigate and shape urban life.

Physics. Position No. 00052601. The Department of Physics at Southern Methodist University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of Astrophysics or Cosmology, broadly defined.  Candidates must have: a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or a closely related field; postdoctoral experience; and a record of research excellence. The successful candidate will develop a vigorous research program, supervise graduate students, and teach at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Faculty are expected to teach and mentor diverse students within the Physics program and throughout the University. The appointment will start in August 2024 or later. Southern Methodist University is a research-intensive, private university centrally located in Dallas, Texas. Current research in the Department of Physics at SMU focuses on the fields of observational and theoretical astrophysics and cosmology, especially in the areas of the cosmic microwave background, supernovae, early universe cosmology, galaxies, and large-scale structure. SMU faculty are deeply engaged in several international collaborations including DESI, Simons Observatory, CMB-S4, FYST, EXCLAIM and COMAP.  The department also features strong research programs in experimental and theoretical particle physics. The Department of Physics aims to provide a collegial scientific community with equitable access and participation for all individuals and groups, and recognizes the value of this participation to the quality of our research. Applications must be submitted via lnterfolio http://apply.interfolio.com/132829  and should include a cover letter, research statement, statement addressing teaching and mentoring, curriculum vitae, and at least three confidential letters of reference. Review of applications will begin October 22, 2023. To ensure full consideration, the application should be received by November 20, 2023, but the committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. Questions or inquiries may be directed to the search chair, Dr. Robert Kehoe (kehoe@smu.edu). The committee will notify applicants of its employment decisions after the position is filled. 

Political Science. (Position No. 00006294) The Political Science Department at Southern Methodist University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position in Political Theory, starting Fall 2024. The Political Science Department at Southern Methodist University is currently a faculty of fifteen administering programs in political science, international studies, and public policy for approximately 300 diverse undergraduate majors and minors. Faculty research interests include American political institutions and actors, public policy, comparative politics and area studies in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Russia, and international affairs and national security. Faculty are active in the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute and have access to the resources of the John G. Tower Center for Public Policy and International Affairs.  Teaching responsibilities include an introductory course in political theory, a history of political thought sequence, and upper-level courses reflecting the candidate's expertise. Candidates with clear and well- developed research and teaching interests in the nexus between equality and liberty, especially in political-economic relationships, are particularly encouraged to apply. Minimum qualifications include the completed Ph.D. in political science (required at the time of the appointment), experience with teaching undergraduate students in political science, and a detailed research agenda. SMU is a nationally-ranked, private, non-sectarian research institution located in one of the nation’s fastest growing metropolitan areas. Departmental faculty are part of an inclusive and intellectually vibrant community of internationally recognized scholars across the humanities, social sciences, mathematical sciences, engineering, and business. We offer the rare confluence of a comprehensive global research institution and a close-knit intellectual enterprise in the liberal arts tradition. SMU’s Second Century Campaign was the largest fundraising initiative in SMU's history, raising $1.15 billion by the end of 2015 and a new $1.5 billion campaign, SMU Ignited, has begun. Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is a culturally rich arts and global business center and is home to many universities, arts organizations and Fortune 500 corporations. Explore Dedman College at https://www.smu.edu/dedman, and SMU at http://www.smu.edu.. Applications must be submitted electronically via Interfolio http://apply.interfolio.com/140442 and should include a cover letter discussing research interests and projects as well as teaching experience and pedagogical philosophy; a current curriculum vitae; samples of course materials and student evaluations; and at least two letters of recommendation. To ensure full consideration for the position, the application packet must be received by March 12, 2024, but the committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. All applications will be acknowledged. SMU is an equal opportunity employer. We particularly welcome applications from minority and women scholars.

Religious Studies.  Position No. 53620. As one of eight tenure-line positions associated with Southern Methodist University’s faculty cluster in urban research, this position offers opportunities for rich interdisciplinary connections among new and existing SMU faculty [https://www.smu.edu/Dedman/Research/Clusters]. The cluster fosters research on cities and urbanization from local and global perspectives. SMU’s location in Dallas, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the country, is an ideal setting for studying the opportunities and inequities that individuals,  groups, and  communities  confront  as  they  navigate  and  shape  urban  life. Assistant Professor in Urban Religions: The Department of Religious Studies in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences at Southern Methodist University invites applications for a tenure track position in Urban Religions at the rank of Assistant Professor. The position requires residency in Dallas and begins August 1, 2024.  Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in Religious Studies or related field at time of appointment; ability to teach courses on religion in urban American or other urban global contexts, and topics related to religion and intersectional identities, social scientific and/or cultural approaches to the study of religion. Preferred Qualifications: Ability to teach courses on Religion and Space/Place, Social Scientific methodologies, Religion and Economics, Religion and Climate Change, and/or African-American or Latino-American religious identities; research and teaching that will contribute to a research cluster in Urban Studies; experience mentoring culturally diverse students; interest in contributing to a robust graduate program in Religious Studies and broader culture of excellent teaching and research on campus. Application: Submit letter of application highlighting the candidate’s qualifications, complete curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation, and evidence of teaching excellence (teaching philosophy statement, sample syllabi, pedagogical publications) to http://apply.interfolio.com/128579. Review of applications will begin November 1st. To ensure full consideration for the position, the applications must be received by November 7th, 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. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check. Department of Religious Studies: The Department of Religious Studies at SMU is a dynamic, collegial group of researchers and teachers with intellectual breadth that spans the globe, multiple academic disciplines, and several thousand years of history. Our research has been recognized with numerous fellowships, grants, and awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Templeton Foundation grant, and several national and international book awards. Faculty in the department are also dedicated to undergraduate and graduate teaching and have been recognized multiple times at the university, national, and international levels. Visit us at http://www.smu.edu/Academics/Departments/Religious-Studies

 

SMU is a nationally-ranked, private, non-sectarian research institution located in one of the nation’s fastest growing metropolitan areas. Located near the center of Dallas, SMU is a private, non-sectarian 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, Meadows School of the Arts, Lyle School of Engineering, Perkins School of Theology, Dedman School of Law, and Simmons School of Education and Human Development. Researchers are part of an inclusive and intellectually vibrant community of internationally recognized scholars across the humanities, social sciences, mathematical sciences, engineering, and business. SMU offers excellent benefits including full same-sex domestic partner benefits. 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. Dallas’ quality of life is exceptional, with a relatively low cost of living and a variety of housing options. A full range of professional sports teams, music venues, a lively and innovative restaurant scene, and more make Dallas an extremely livable city. Explore Dedman College at https://www.smu.edu/dedman, and SMU at http://www.smu.edu.

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