Southern Methodist University
Dallas, Texas
Mar 31, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Provosts, Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Southern Methodist University (SMU) invites applications and nominations for the new position of Associate Provost for Continuing Education.

In support of one of the major objectives in SMU’s strategic plan: “Engage the community for lifelong learning through professional training and continuing education,” and in response to the report provided by the Task Force on Continuing Education, President Gerald Turner and Provost Steve Currall, have created this position.  Reporting to the Provost, the inaugural Associate Provost for Continuing Education will provide university-wide leadership to prioritize, coordinate, support, and grow continuing education. An institution-wide strategy will build on the notable efforts that some academic units have already developed in continuing education. The Associate Provost will oversee Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE) and the Master of Science in Data Science program. The Associate Provost will work with the Continuing Education Program Council (CEPC), comprised of the deans of academic units and chaired by the Provost. CEPC will provide input to the Associate Provost regarding the overall strategy for SMU’s continuing education and review and recommend new proposals as well as revisions to existing continuing education programs. The Associate Provost will ensure that continuing education advances SMU's academic mission and is in close alignment with SMU's values, its visibility, and its "brand" in the eyes of SMU's stakeholders.

The successful candidate for this position will have a clear and compelling vision for the development and implementation of continuing education at SMU. He or she will also have outstanding administrative leadership and management skills with a demonstrated record of success in a large and multifaceted organization and possess the vision and transformational leadership capacity to shepherd continuing education at SMU during a time of significant pedagogical innovation in higher education.

Located near the heart of Dallas, SMU is a global research university that also has a strong liberal arts tradition. SMU’s 11,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 90 countries to take advantage of the University’s small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs. With a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences the University offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through seven schools.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become leaders in their professions and communities. The University’s entrepreneurial spirit lives in people from every academic discipline who see opportunities to create something new and work to bring their innovations to life. SMU’s relationship with Dallas – the dynamic center of one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions – offers unique learning, research, social and career opportunities that provide a launch pad for students, faculty and alumni to make a global impact. With one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country, SMU provides unbridled opportunities – from teaching, learning and research to creativity, performance and athletic endeavor.

A complete application will include a letter describing relevant experiences and interest in the position; current curriculum vitae; and the names of five references with titles, mailing addresses, business/home telephone numbers, and email addresses. Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate should submit a letter of nomination, including the name, position, address, telephone number, and email address of the nominee. Greenwood/Asher & Associates, an executive search firm, is assisting the Southern Methodist University in the search.  

Applications and letters of nominations should be submitted to:
Jan Greenwood, Betty Turner Asher, Partners, Executive Search Consultant

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.

42 Business Centre Drive, Suite 206

Miramar Beach, Florida 32550

Phone: 850-650-2277 / Fax: 850-650-2272




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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, Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.