Computer Science Director Recognized for Teaching Excellence

May 25, 2017


Nanette Veilleux Receives Toby Sloane Award for Student Centeredness in Teaching

Professor and Director of the Computer Science and Informatics Program, Nanette Veilleux, was awarded the fifth 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. 

"Nanette embodies student centeredness in her teaching and is exactly the kind of teacher this award envisions," says Dean Eileen Abels. 

"I think student-centeredness stems from respect and understanding for the whole person, who just happens to be my student," says Veilleux. "When I meet new students I try to consider not just their academic goals and learning styles but other things about them: their temperament, their tone, the way they make meaning of the world.  It helps in teaching and mentoring but it also adds a deeper dimension to the collaboration. The goal of this collaboration is to support the student and they find their authentic self in their education and from which foundation they can thrive."

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. In 2012, the first “Toby” award was presented to Professor Donna Beers of the mathematics department.