Professor/Associate Dean

Website Southern Methodist University

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. Learning Scientists 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.

Required qualifications:

  • earned doctorate in a field aligned with a department within the school;
  • demonstrated and ongoing record of scholarly work commensurate with rank of full professor with tenure;
  • leadership ability developed through prior experiences;
  • excellence in teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses;
  • demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion; and
  • evidence of participation/leadership in national scholarly organizations.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • experience developing and/or sustaining collaborative partnerships and interdisciplinary initiatives;
  • 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;
  • history of obtaining external funding for research and
  • demonstrated mentorship of doctoral students and junior faculty.

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