More than 50 faculty and staff, including President Drinan, participated in interactive activities and working sessions as part of Enhancing Teaching with Technology Day, held Nov. 18. The event was sponsored by CASTL, a collaboration of offices that support faculty and teaching, including The Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET), Assessment, Simmons Online, Technology, and the library.
On August 1, Simmons welcomed Dr. Jennifer H. Herman as its new director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET), which was launched last year under the direction of Dr. Barbara Walvoord. Herman came to Simmons from Niagara University, where she spent seven years as director of Instructional Support and designed and established the Center for the Advancement of Scholarship, Teaching, and Learning. Herman earned her doctorate in 2012 from the State University of New York at Buffalo in Higher Education Administration.
Simmons recently launched its first online master’s degree program for aspiring family nurse practitioners. Nursing@Simmons directly aligns with Strategy 2015, which aims to increase opportunities for online graduate education, and to enhance the national reach and visibility of the college.
A search committee charged with finding a permanent director for the Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET) will begin its initial interviews with candidates this spring.
The search committee has been working closely with David Mead-Fox of Korn/Ferry International, an executive search firm, and has reached out to members of the Simmons community to better understand the needs of the CET and the qualities and competencies that will lead to success for its director.
The College recently held several focus groups to gather feedback and suggestions from students about Strategy 2015. During 10, 90-minute sessions held in February and March, undergraduate and graduate students were asked how Simmons can achieve the objective of creating a student-centered culture.
For 35 Simmons College sophomores, winter break was about more than just relaxing at home. For two weeks in January, this select group of students remained on campus for the Simmons World Challenge, an intensive program where students develop solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. To read about this year's challenge, click here.
Award-winning author and spokeswoman Patricia Elam recently joined Simmons as the new Associate Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET).
Elam’s national reputation as a writer, teacher, and leader with a background in law makes her a noteworthy addition to Simmons and the CET, an initiative of Strategy 2015 to strengthen the undergraduate college.
On October 31, the Simmons community celebrated the birthday of our founder, John Simmons. This tradition has been reinvigorated in recent years as part of the Strategy 2015 objective to strengthen the undergraduate college. In 2010, two new features were added to the Founder’s Day celebration: the unveiling of class flags for each undergraduate class, and an essay contest about John Simmons and his goals for the College.
Simmons recently welcomed Dr. Kim Edward Spiezio as the new Associate Vice President for Adult Learning. Spiezio will focus on expanding Simmons’s non-traditional undergraduate program for women over the age of 24, and developing new, flexible options that will include classes held in the evenings, on weekends, and online.
This past year, the Marketing Department hired the consulting firm MMB to help develop and conduct primary field research on branding and visuals for the new Simmons online offerings.