Southern Methodist University — Lecturer, Simmons School of Education and Human Development

Southern Methodist University
Position Announcement (Position # 53003)
Lecturer, Simmons School of Education and Human Development

The Simmons School of Education and Human Development invites applications for a non-tenure track position at the Lecturer level in the Department of Applied Physiology and Wellness with emphasis on Student Academic Success Programs. This is a unique opportunity to join an innovative, interdisciplinary academic program. Creative energy, intellectual strength, a broad-ranging repertoire and teaching interests are essential. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds. The candidate selected will be expected to be a significant partner in connecting the Simmons School of Education and Human Development, the Department of Applied Physiology and Wellness, and Student Academic Success Programs to an increasingly diverse and globally-connected community at the university and in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

Responsibilities include teaching and service. This is a 9-month appointment for the 2022-2023 academic year. The successful candidate will be responsible for a faculty teaching load of 12 credit hours per semester including but not limited to: PRW 3305 Personal Responsibility & Community: a three credit course which provides students the opportunity to investigate their mindsets and identities as they apply to decisions that impact both themselves and the welfare of others and their community, and HDEV 1210: Academic Success and Personal Development, a two credit course, designed to support first-year and transfer students improve their reading efficiency, executive functioning, and lifelong learning skills, or HDEV 1211: Success Strategies, a two credit course designed to support students on academic probation. Maintaining office hours and an appropriate student-centered presence on campus, and participating in ongoing curriculum development are essential. The successful candidate will have a teaching/learning disposition that includes active listening and is adaptable to the changing needs of our students/team/department/university. For additional information about the Personal Responsibility and Community courses and the Academic Success & Personal Development courses, please visit:, and

Preferred qualifications include; an earned doctoral degree or completed requirements for a doctoral degree in Education, Higher Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Leadership, Educational Psychology or related field by May 2022; expertise to teach courses at the undergraduate level across a multi-disciplinary spectrum to include advising and teaching; demonstrated potential as a teacher-scholar; and academic and/or community service. 

Master’s degree is required, preferably in education, psychology or related academic discipline. A minimum of two years of teaching experience is required. Experience in counseling, advising, or teaching at the secondary or post-secondary level will be considered in relation to minimum teaching requirements. Experience in meeting the academic support needs of a wide variety of students in strongly preferred.

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. The Human Development (HDEV) courses are housed in the Simmons School and are designed to help students improve reading efficiency, executive functioning and lifelong learning skills. 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, Dallas ISD, and the West Dallas community to develop and implement a model for a Pk-8 STEM-focused school with wraparound extracurricular and social services that can be replicated and scaled elsewhere.

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:

Review of applications will begin on April 22, 2022 and the position will remain open until filled. Preference will be given to applications received on or before April 22. Reference the position number in all documents submitted for application: (1) cover letter outlining teaching and service experience and related qualifications; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) 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 search submission process, contact Susan Sifford at For questions about the department or position, contact Dr. Donna Gober, Search Committee Chair, Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check. The start date for this position is August 1, 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, Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.