Faculty Mentor Award

The Alden Poole Faculty Mentor Award recognizes one faculty member in Ifill College who has had a profound impact on the life, career or direction of students at Simmons University.

The Award is named in honor of Professor Alden Poole (Department of Communications, 1955-1986) and his exemplary work helping students achieve their potentials, including his formative role in the life of Gwen Ifill ('77, '93HD).

Mentoring takes many forms as faculty support students inside and outside the classroom in their intellectual, professional, civic, and personal growth. This faculty member should exemplify Simmons’ commitment to preparing students to become lifelong leaders in their professions and in their communities.

Beginning in 2018 with the launch of The Ifill College, the annual Poole Award showcases our faculty’s role in a transformative education that links passion with purpose. Selection is based on alumnae/i nominations; any current Ifill College faculty member is eligible.

Deadline for nominations: March 25, 2024

The recipient will be announced at the Ifill Forum.



Bob White, Professor of Communications


Laura Prieto, Professor of History and Women's & Gender Studies and Alumni Chair in Public Humanities


Marda Messay, Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies


Erica Moura, Assistant Professor of Practice, Radio Station Director and Faculty Director in Student-Driven Media


Cathryn Mercier, Professor and Director of the Children's Literature Program and Director of the Center for the Study of Children's Literature