Program Area Faculty Chair and Clinical Assistant/Associate/Professor

The Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University seeks a full-time program area faculty chair and Clinical Assistant/Associate/Professor in the Graduate Liberal Studies and Dispute Resolution program areas.

Position Number: 00005731

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Teach courses in the graduate liberal studies and/or dispute resolution programs (4 x 4 teaching responsibility with 1 course release per semester and summer stipend for administrative responsibilities)
  • strengthen the program’s ability to recruit, appoint, promote and retain a gifted and diverse faculty
  • enhance the program’s ability to attract and retain gifted adult graduate students from diverse backgrounds
  • enhance teaching and learning through innovative/creative curricula, pedagogies, programs, and methodologies and technology
  • design, implement and evaluate interdisciplinary programs combining fields generally considered to be distinct to match needs of the modern city, state, nation and world
  • engage the community for lifelong learning through professional training and continuing education to serve alumni and new populations of learners while generating revenue for the university
  • oversee the department’s academic affairs and management of all faculty and administrative staff
  • nurture a climate welcoming of students and collegiality among faculty from a variety of different departments and disciplines across campus and in the community
  • conduct performance reviews and submit recommendations for merit pay in accordance with university policy
  • coordinate yearly evaluations of all students enrolled in Departmental programs.
  • hire faculty, assign courses and professional responsibilities to faculty
  • lead departmental meetings and academic council meetings
  • represent the department to the Dean and University leadership
  • advocate for and support the development of external partnerships
  • direct oversight of all programs
  • budget and payroll oversight

This is a renewable non-tenured position with an initial three-year appointment beginning August 2022. Required qualifications include:

  • A Ph.D. (or earned doctoral equivalent relevant to the field and compliant with SACS requirements) in the Humanities, Social Sciences, or Education with broad experience in Interdisciplinary Studies/Graduate Liberal Studies or Continuing and Professional Studies.
  • Administrative experience
  • Experience advising/chairing students through the completion of a doctoral degree

Review of applications will begin November 30, 2021 and the position will remain open until filled. Please reference the position number in all documents submitted for application. The following documents are required: (1) cover letter outlining teaching, scholarship, professional service, and administrative experience. Please also include research experience, if applicable. (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 through interfolio at: For questions about the search submissions process, contact Tamra Gayle at For questions about the program or position contact Tim Jacobbe, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Search Committee Chair, at Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check. The start date for this position is August 2022. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

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, please see:

The Simmons School was founded in 2005 and is ranked among the top 15 private graduate 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. 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.  In addition, Simmons is currently in partnership with Toyota, DallasISD, 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.

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,