As a private, comprehensive university enriched by its United Methodist heritage and its partnership with the Dallas Metroplex, Southern Methodist University seeks to enhance the intellectual, cultural, technological, ethical, and social development of a diverse student body. SMU offers undergraduate programs centered on the liberal arts and excellent graduate, professional, and continuing education programs. The SMU experience also includes abundant opportunities for research experience, international study, leadership development, and off-campus service and internships – all with the goal of preparing students to be contributing citizens and leaders for our state, nation, and world.
SMU comprises seven degree-granting schools: Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Cox School of Business, Meadows School of the Arts (performing, visual and communication arts), School of Engineering, Dedman School of Law, and Perkins School of Theology and School of Education and Human Development. Total 2006 enrollment was 10,941.
Why Work at SMU?
Employment opportunities at SMU range from faculty members to professional staff to support services – all equally supportive of the mission and direction of the University. Employees can gain satisfaction in knowing that they are helping, in their own ways, to complete the educational experience for a myriad of students. For that, SMU seeks to offer competitive salaries and a broad array of benefits. Options include – but are not limited to – comprehensive medical benefits, retirement plan with immediate vesting, 100 percent tuition benefits, athletic and recreational privileges, and some on-site day care.
· Dallas campus – 76 buildings on approximately 210 acres
· SMU-in-Legacy – 4 buildings on 18 acres, north of Dallas in Plano
· SMU-in-Taos – 24 buildings on 295 acres in Northern New Mexico
· Undergraduate: 6,296
· Graduate: 3,402
· Professional (law and theology): 1,243
· TOTAL: 10,941
· Male: 51 percent
· Female: 49 percent
· Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences: 275
· Meadows School of the Arts: 108
· Cox School of Business: 66
· School of Engineering: 58
· Dedman School of Law: 39
· Perkins School of Theology: 30
· School of Education and Human Development: 22
· Other: 9
· Universitywide appointments: 2
· TOTAL: 609 (84 percent hold the doctorate or highest degree in their fields)
· Full-time staff and administrators: 1,414
· Part-time staff and administrators: 47
· Operating budget (2006-2007): $368.8 million
· Endowment (June 30, 2006): $1.1 billion
· The SMU Mustangs
· SMU joined Conference USA in 2005
· NCAA Division I sports in football(I-A), men's and women's basketball, golf, women's crosscountry, indoor and outdoor track and field, rowing, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, equestrian, and volleyball
Culture Work/Life Balance The University also is committed to its Work/Life Program that focuses on innovative ways to help employees balance work life and personal life. Cultural development includes free or reduced-price tickets for theater and dance performances, lectures, and museum exhibitions. The Wellness Program promotes a healthy lifestyle through coordinated exercise programs, free health screenings, CPR training, and lectures ranging from nutrition issues to stress reduction. Employees are invited to participate in activities such as volleyball and bowling leagues, choir, and intramural sports. The SMU Staff Association coordinates luncheons, lectures, and a Staff Development Day. Employees also are encouraged to update and polish their work skills through regularly scheduled technology training and career guidance. In addition, employees can fulfill a desire to participate in volunteer or community service by joining with coworkers on various projects such as Meals-on-Wheels and Habitat for Humanity.
The Setting The campus is nestled in a traditional residential neighborhood five miles north of downtown Dallas. SMU’s spacious park-like campus features red brick buildings of Collegiate Georgian and beautiful fountains. Dallas ranks among the most livable cities in America and is consistently ranked by Fotune magazine as one of the nations top cities for its business climate. Dallas has more than 150 museums, galleries, and artistic attractions; more shopping centers per capita than any major U.S. city; and four times more restaurants per person than New York City. Just a short walk away from the campus is Mockingbird Station, which includes a light rail train station, restaurants, shops, and an art house movie theater. SMU also has a campus in Northern New Mexico that draws upon the area’s rich natural and cultural resources to offer summer courses in the humanities, sciences, and studio and performing arts. The site includes excavation of a 13th-century Indian pueblo.