Lowry Pei Receives Student Centeredness Award

Professor of English Lowry Pei was awarded the third annual Toby Sloane Award for Student Centeredness. This award was established by Carl Sloane through a gift made to Simmons in honor of his wife, Simmons Trustee Toby Sloane ’60. 

“That gift recognizes what is at the heart of this institution: a profound care for our students, a generosity towards them as they develop and grow on this campus, and an extension of professional mentoring and personal warmth,” says Provost Katie Conboy.

The Toby Sloane Award supports student centeredness by providing an annual award of up to $10,000 to the faculty member who makes the most significant contribution to the student experience in a particular year. Conboy describes Professor Pei as a devoted teacher who has been instrumental in developing and designing the new General Education curriculum at Simmons.

“The rhetoric of leadership that we use at Simmons needs to be an inspiring ideal, and to be that, it has to reflect our key values of diversity and inclusion,” says Pei. 

The first “Toby” award was presented to Professor Donna Beers of the mathematics department, and the second was awarded to Professor of Nursing Patricia Rissmiller. 

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