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

Catherine Paden

Associate Provost and Dean of the Undergraduate Program

Catherine Paden (Ph. D. , Northwestern University) is Associate Provost and Dean of the Undergraduate Program and also serves as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Paden came to Simmons in 2006 as a faculty member in the Political Science and International Relations Department, where she is currently an Associate Professor. As Associate Provost and Dean of the Undergraduate Program, Paden is responsible for the implementation of the Simmons core curriculum, the Simmons PLAN — Purpose, Leadership, ActioN. She also oversees Undergraduate Advising, the Center for Global Education, and the Writing and Tutoring Centers. Paden's research and teaching interests focus on American politics, racial politics, social movements, interest groups, and how underrepresented groups gain political representation. She is the author of Civil Rights Advocacy on Behalf of the Poor (2011), which assesses whether, and how, low-income African Americans gain representation in anti-poverty legislative battles. Her current book project examines the impact of local civil rights and economic justice organizing on national policy and interest group priorities. She has published in the DuBois Review and has contributed research on the Nation of Islam to a volume on religion and American politics (University of Virginia, 2012). Paden has served as the Faculty Assistant to the Dean on Diversity Initiatives, on the Dean's Diversity Task Force, and on Simmons's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council (DIAC).

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.

Suzanne Mullarkey

Operations Director

Suzanne Mullarkey is the Director of Operations for the Office of the Provost. She has more than 16 years of experience in higher education. She is the liaison to departments across the University and in addition to daily operations, has taken on responsibility for the new Faculty Support Center and events such as Convocation and Commencement. Prior to moving to the Provost's Office in 2014, she was the Director of Operations in the School of Social Work, worked several years as the Social Work Registration Coordinator, and was an Administrative Assistant for the Education Department. Mullarkey served ten years on Simmons's Staff Council. Suzanne previously worked in the real estate and the legal arenas for over ten years and owned a small property management business on the South Shore.

Simmons is a family tradition; her mother and daughter are also graduates. She is a triple Simmons alum, with a BA in Communications, an MS in Communications Management, and an MBA.

Roslyn Taylor

Assistant Provost for Budget and Personnel

Wayne Malloy

Executive Assistant

Wayne Malloy is the Executive Assistant to Interim Provost Pinizzotto and supports operations for the Provost Office. New to higher education, Wayne comes to Simmons after 10 years as a marketing and development leader with a national retailer. He studied music education at the University of Southern Maine, and performs locally with the Boston Gay Men's Chorus.