Charge: promotes the development of high-quality research efforts and raises and addresses issues related to research and grant opportunities within Simmons. The council shall facilitate collaboration within and across departments, colleges, and schools in order to promote on-gong and new research initiatives and shall find ways to promote research events and grant opportunities for junior faculty. Other responsibilities may include matters related to: IRB requirements, Principal Investigator challenges, interdisciplinary opportunities, and investment of resources to further the academic and research enterprise.
Appointment: With the exception of the graduate student representative, who shall serve a one-year term, terms are set at 2 or 3 years to provide overlap from year to year.
Meeting Dates: Inaugural meeting Friday, January 26, 2018 (formal meeting schedule to be established)
Charge: Review curriculum, new program proposals, and academic policies and procedures in order to ensure their consistency with SMU's strategic academic priorities.
Meeting Dates: Once a month, starting in September and ending in June
Faculty Research Publications and Presentations: For the most current Academic Affairs Digest, click here.
Charge: Addresses the School's library resource needs.
Appointment: Appointed by the Dean
Meeting Dates: Quarterly
Charge: Reviews annual student recruitment, admission, funding issues, curriculum, faculty instructional assignments, student advisement, and Ph.D. program policies.
Appointment: Unspecified term of service
Meeting Dates: Monthly - every third Friday of the month
Charge: Promotes Simmons program and department activities and news and prioritizes what the School promotes through SMU and external channels. The meeting is conducted with an external consulting firm.
Appointment: Department or program chairs, terms of service are one year
Meeting Dates: Once a month
Charge: Facilitates a culture of assessment across Simmons, identifies current data collection efforts and needs, establishes a common set of outcomes for Simmons' graduates, makes recommendations for universal data collection system, creates a glossary of assessment/accreditation terms, documents our assessment story
Appointment: Nomination by Department Chairs
Meeting Dates: Monthly
Charge: Responsible for understanding of TEA rules and regulations. Discusses and resolves compliance issues, and implements policy and practice that is consistent across programs.
Texas Educator Certifications: For information on Texas Educator Certifications from the Texas Education Agency, click here.
Complaints Against Educator Preparation Programs: For information about filing a complaint against Educator Preparation Programs with the Texas Education Agency, click here.
Educator Preparation Programs Available in the Simmons School: These programs prepare students to meet the requirements for certification by the Texas Education Agency.
Appointment: Job role
Charge: Discusses the design, delivery, evaluation, and major policy decisions of the teacher, administrator, and school counselor preparation programs at Southern Methodist University. In accordance with TAC 228.20, the Council plays an integral role in the accreditation and review process of the Simmons School and its educator certification programs.
Members: TEA Program Directors, Certification Officers, and School and Community Partners
Appointment: Nomination by TEA Program Directors
Charge: Supports the development and implementation of high-quality online and hybrid programming in Simmons by maintaining an infrastructure for instructional design, structured course-module development, quality review standards and processes, institutional compliance and innovative excellence. The TAC reports to the Dean and supports the Academic Affairs Council, which ensures faculty governance of program and course approval.
Technical Requirements for Simmons Hybrid/Digital Courses
Meeting Dates: As needed