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Faculty Accomplishments - Summer 2014

September 16, 2014

At Simmons we take the time to acknowledge and appreciate our faculty and their achievements. Each month, this blog will update the community on all of their accomplishments and successes.

Paul Abraham, Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching ESL (MATESL) Program, co-presented two sessions “Caught Between ELS and Special Education” on the identification of English Language Learners with possible language–based disabilities at the annual Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Conference in Portland, Ore. March 26 - 29. Abraham presented an overview of the research and case studies with two MATESL program graduates, Maria Hegarty ’00, a teacher in the Newton Public Schools; and Lindy Forrester ’09, a teacher in the Marlborough Public Schools.

LaDonna Christian, associate professor of nursing, received the United Health Foundation Scholarship, in July. This scholarship is awarded to nursing students pursing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or higher nursing degree, from the National Black Nurses Association.

Sarah Martin, assistant professor of psychology, recently published "Child and parent perceptions of interparental relationship conflict predict preschool children’s adjustment" with colleagues Mari L. Clements, David W. Randall, and Karen L. Kane in the August issue of Couple & Family Psychology: Research and Practice.

Johnnie Hamilton-Mason, social work professor, and Kathy Lopes, coordinator for Academic Services, traveled to Washington D.C. in June with 16 graduate students to learn about advocacy and political action.

Teresa Nelson, Elizabeth J. McCandless Professor of Entrepreneurship Chair, recently was invited to join the prestigious National Women’s Business Council (NWBC). The NWBC is a non-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners.

Beverly Sealey ’77, associate professor in the School of Social Work, presented a paper, "Self-Perceptions of Relations with Parents, Attitudes Toward School, Achievement, and Delinquency Among Black Youth from Diverse Ethnic Cultures,” at the National Association of Black Social Workers 46th Annual Conference, held in Indianapolis, Ind., April 15 -19. Sealey presented the findings of her research with black youth, ages 16 - 19 years, and their attitudes toward school, achievement, future orientation, social functioning, involvement with crime and delinquency, and implications for policy change.

Afaa Weaver, professor of English, recently had his poetry chapbook “A Hard Summation” published by Central Square Press. Weaver was one of 50 authors chosen to submit a story for The Brown Reader (Simon & Schuster, 2014), a book celebrating the 250th anniversary of Brown University.

Renee White, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, was recently appointed to the Vision 2020 Leadership Circle. As part of the Leadership Circle, she will participate in setting the strategic direction of Vision 2020, represent the coalition as a speaker, facilitator or advocate, and help set the agenda for the National Congress. Simmons was the first college chapter of Vision 2020, which had been spearheaded by Dean White and Kate Phelps ’13GS. Dean White also attended the 2014 Higher Education for Democratic Innovation Global Forum conference in Belfast, Ireland this summer, as a delegate and speaker. The conference, held June 24-26, was part of an agreement between partners committed to promoting democracy, human rights, and the rule of law, as well as social cohesion and intercultural dialogue, and their belief in the role of education in furthering these goals.

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