Southern Methodist University — Full Professor / Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Simmons School of Education and Human Development

SMU seeks an exceptional academic leader to serve as the next Associate Dean for Academic Affairs within the Simmons School of Education & Human Development. Reporting to and working with the Dean, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will advance the quality and reputation of the academic programs within the school. The successful candidate will be an established scholar, teacher, and leader in a field of study of the school appropriate to the rank of full professor (with tenure) and with a proven commitment in proactively supporting efforts towards equity and inclusion. Associate professors who would be eligible for promotion to full are encouraged to apply.

The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will have demonstrated experience providing strategic, inspiring, and consensus-building leadership to an academic unit. The Associate Dean works to advance the quality and integrity of academic programs, implementing processes and procedures to support accreditation, overseeing educator preparation and certification, and leading faculty professional development. Further, the Associate Dean provides leadership and oversight to academic affairs matters including the curriculum committee, budgeting, course scheduling, new course and program development, and supporting the West Dallas STEM School initiative.

About the Simmons School of Education and Human Development

The Simmons School was founded in 2005 and is ranked among the top 25 private education schools in the United States. The school has undergraduate and graduate program 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.

Required qualifications:

(a) earned doctorate in a field aligned with a department within the school;

(b) demonstrated and ongoing record of scholarly work commensurate with rank of full professor with tenure;

(c) leadership ability developed through prior experiences;

(d) excellence in teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses;

(e) demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion; and

(f) evidence of participation/leadership in national scholarly 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, program director, center director, or leading a large funded project; (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:

Review of applications will begin on April 15, 2021, and the position will remain open until filled. Reference the position number in all documents submitted for application and submit the following: (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 For questions about the department or position, contact Dr. Michael Harris, Search Committee Chair, Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check. The preferred start date for this position is Summer 2021, but is negotiable. 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,

Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.