Apply Now: Dean of the Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences at Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University:  Dean of the Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

 

Southern Methodist University invites applications in the search for the next Elisabeth Martin Armstrong Dean of the Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.

The Dedman College is the oldest, largest, and most diverse of SMU’s eight degree-granting academic units, offering the BA, BS, master’s programs, and PhDs in 16 departments, engaging nearly 40% of all enrolled SMU students and furnishing 53% of undergraduate instruction (as measured by credit hours), including the Common Curriculum inaugurated in 2020. The new Dean will play a critical role in realizing SMU’s imminent goal of achieving and maintaining status as a Carnegie R-1 institution, while sustaining its reputation for high quality and personalized undergraduate and graduate instruction.

Following a successful ten-year deanship that elevated every area of Dedman College’s operations and sustained a healthy reserve account, the new Dean will have the opportunity to elicit from the faculty and articulate a strategic vision for the College that affirms the University’s commitment to humanities and sciences education, fosters high quality research and teaching, and grows research expenditures and graduate enrollment.

SMU seeks as the Dedman College’s new Dean a prominent scholar with a record of departmental and institutional leadership in a premier research university. Candidates must possess a PhD and a record of scholarship, teaching, and service that meets the College’s criteria for tenure at the full professor rank. Professional exposure to the range of humanities and science disciplines and the readiness to be a visible, credible, and effective advocate and promoter for the College, are essential.

The new Dean will need to be both a collaborator and facilitator, accustomed to developing and marshaling data in support of decisions and recommendations and demonstrating return on investment. Strategic budget acumen, creative problem-solving abilities, and the capacity to provide expertise and service in substantiating SMU’s anticipated R1 status are required. Competitive candidates will evidence experience in or aptitude for building collaborative and sustainable interdisciplinary academic programs; engaging and stewarding alumni and donors; cultivating corporate and philanthropic supporters; and realizing institutional commitments to diversity and inclusion.

Applications should demonstrate the candidate’s readiness to pursue collaboration across SMU’s other academic units; to provide professional mentorship for early-career faculty; and to lead a student-focused College within a University that nurtures high affinity among all its constituents. An aptitude and appetite for capital and facilities fundraising, and raising endowments for named faculty chairs, scholarships and fellowships, will be essential to success in this deanship.

To apply:

Review of candidate materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment. A
complete application will include:

  1. a letter of interest,
  2. a current curriculum vitae,
  3. and contact information for five professional references who can speak about the candidate’s qualifications for this position.

Named referees will not be contacted without the candidate’s prior consent. Expressions of interest, applications, nominations, and inquiries should be directed to SMU’s search consultant, Mr. Chuck O’Boyle of C. V. O’Boyle, Jr., LLC, at chuck@cvoboyle.com, who will be able to furnish a detailed specification.

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Review of applications is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled.

 


 

From the school:

SMU is a nationally-ranked, private, non-sectarian research institution located in one of the nation’s fastest growing metropolitan areas. Departmental faculty are part of an inclusive and intellectually vibrant community of internationally recognized scholars across the humanities, social sciences, mathematical sciences, engineering, and business. We offer the rare confluence of a comprehensive global research institution and a close-knit intellectual enterprise in the liberal arts tradition.

The Dedman College is the oldest, largest, and most diverse of SMU’s eight degree-granting academic units, offering the BA, BS, master’s programs, and PhDs in 16 departments, engaging nearly 40% of all enrolled SMU students and furnishing 53% of undergraduate instruction (as measured by credit hours), including the Common Curriculum inaugurated in 2020. The new Dean will play a critical role in realizing SMU’s imminent goal of achieving and maintaining status as a Carnegie R-1 institution, while sustaining its reputation for high quality and personalized undergraduate and graduate instruction.

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