About Simmons

Faculty and Administrative Openings

Department of Teaching & Learning

Rank/Title: Associate/Full Professor/Department Chair     Position Number: 52418

The Simmons School of Education & Human Development invites applications for an Associate-Full Professor / Department Chair position in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Distinguished candidates at the rank of associate professor with tenure may be considered for a Full Professor appointment if eligible to assume the rank of professor pending the approval of the appropriate university officials. We are especially interested in candidates whose scholarly work focuses on STEM in one or more of the following areas: pre-K-12 education, teacher education, urban education, learning sciences, science education, math education, or technology integration.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Build a collaborative, supportive culture among faculty and staff
  • Provide mentorship to the department’s junior faculty and provide recommendations for merit, promotion, and tenure
  • Participate in development of research agenda for industry/school district/university model school grant https://www.smu.edu/simmons/AboutUs/ModelSchool
  • Engage in graduate education by serving on doctoral dissertation committees and teaching at the graduate level
  • Maintain an active research agenda and seek external research funding
  • Ensure that department course offerings optimize resources and are offered to assist students toward successful completion of programs
  • Develop and improve a collaborative plan for curriculum development, review and revisions
  • Oversee the assessment efforts used for state-wide and national accreditation
  • Keep faculty and staff updated on institutional issues
  • Serve on department, school, university and national committees

For additional information, please visit: https://www.smu.edu/simmons/Academics/TeacherEducation

 

Required qualifications include: (a) earned doctorate in a STEM Education-related field; (b) demonstrated and ongoing record of scholarly work commensurate with rank; (c) administrative ability developed through prior experiences in administering centers or large grants; (d) excellence in teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses; (e) demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness; and (f) evidence of participation/leadership in national professional organizations.

 

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 experience working in Pre-K-12 contexts; (d) history of obtaining external funding for research and (e) demonstrated mentorship of doctoral students and junior faculty.

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 learn more about the rich cultural environment of SMU: http://smu.edu.

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2018, and the position will remain open until filled. Reference the position number (52418) in all documents submitted for application, which should include: (1) cover letter outlining research, teaching, and administrative 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 https://apply.interfolio.com/56373. For questions about the search submission process, contact Paula Serna at pserna@smu.edu. For questions about the department or position, contact Dr. Paige Ware, Search Committee Chair, pware@smu.edu. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check. The start date for this position is Summer 2019. 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. 

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 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 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 & 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 & 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, 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 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: December 10, 2018

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 & 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.

  • 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. 

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

THE UNIVERSITY

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.

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 AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

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.