Provost's Office Staff

The Provost's Office is responsible for Simmons' academic operations.

We work closely with faculty and staff throughout the University on matters of curriculum, research and faculty affairs.

The Provost's Office area includes the following student- and faculty-serving offices:

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Our staff

Stephanie Cosner Berzin

Vice Provost

Dr. Stephanie Cosner Berzin, Vice Provost, is a Professor of Social Work and served as Inaugural Dean of the College of Social Sciences, Policy, and Practice at Simmons. Dr. Cosner Berzin is an experienced higher education leader bringing more than 10 years of administrative experience to this position. Her administrative experience is complemented by scholarship and teaching in social innovation, technology and social sector leadership.

As Vice Provost, she is responsible for the strategic direction and implementation of the online programs at Simmons University. In this role, she manages external relationships, champions the vision for leadership education at the University, and provides academic direction for the Simmons Engagement Program. Complementary work under her portfolio supports the reimagined Center for Faculty Excellence and the Career Education Center. Dr. Cosner Berzin works closely with the Provost and academic leadership to provide vision, strategy and leadership to support the full range of academic offerings at Simmons. As a prolific scholar, Dr. Cosner Berzin has published more than 70 works and shared her research with local, national and international audiences. Her book, Innovation From Within: Redefining How Nonprofits Solve Problems (Oxford, 2018), helps nonprofit organizations develop strategies for innovation. Prior to her arrival at Simmons, Dr. Cosner Berzin served as Assistant Dean, Doctoral Program Director, Chair of the Social Innovation and Leadership Program, and Chair of Children, Youth and Families at the Boston College School of Social Work. As the Founder and Co-Director of the Boston College Center for Social Innovation, she worked to build the evidence-base for social innovation and promote the capacity of social sector agencies. Dr. Berzin also co-leads the Grand Challenge for Social Work, Harnessing Technology for Social Good, designed to integrate technology into social work teaching, research, and practice. Dr. Berzin graduated cum laude from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, earned her M.S. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley.

Kelly Hager

Interim Dean of the Undergraduate Program

Dr. Kelly Hager, Interim Dean of the Undergraduate Program and Professor of English and Women's & Gender Studies, is an accomplished scholar and an award-winning teacher. As Interim Dean of the Undergraduate Program, she is for responsible for the Simmons General Education Program:  PLAN  — Purpose, Leadership, ActioN. She previously served as the chair of the English and of the Women's & Gender Studies departments and as the director of the graduate program in Gender/Cultural Studies.

Her research and teaching interests focus on Victorian literature, children's literature, reading practices, and gender history. She is the author of of Dickens and the Rise of Divorce: The Failed-Marriage Plot and the Novel Tradition (2010, pb 2017), which was chosen by CHOICE as a highly recommended book. She co-authored the Instructor's Guide for the Norton Introduction to Literature and co-edited a special issue of Victorian Review on "Extending Families." Dr. Hager has also contributed invited pieces to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature, the Oxford Handbook of Children's Literature, Keywords for Children's Literature, BRANCH (Britain, Representation and Nineteenth-Century History), and The Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature (Wiley-Blackwell). Her current research examines the gendered history of reading, in theory and in practice.

Dr. Hager has been at Simmons since 2001, teaching in the departments of English and Women's & Gender Studies, in the undergraduate Honors Program, and in the graduate programs in English, Children's Literature, and Gender and Cultural Studies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Rice University and a PhD in English from the University of California, Irvine.

Richard Voos

Associate Provost for Planning, Assessment, and Accreditation

Richard Voos is responsible for coordinating planning and accreditation work at Simmons. He co-chairs the All Simmons Assessment Committee, working with faculty and administrators in the assurance of student learning. The Office of Institutional Research reports to Voos.

Previously, over 19 years at Babson College, Voos served in a number of roles, including Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Clerk of the Corporation, Chief of Staff to the President, and Associate Vice President for Planning. Among his responsibilities were coordinating the work of the President's cabinet, directing strategic planning, overseeing institutional research and assessment, and coordinating meetings of the Board of Trustees.

Richard Voos earned a B. A. degree in history from Dartmouth College and an M. S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons. He is currently the Chair of the Board of the Christa McAuliffe Charter School in Framingham, MA.

Roslyn Taylor

Assistant Provost for Budget and Personnel