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.

The recipient will be announced each fall at The Ifill Forum.

To nominate a faculty member, alumnae/i may submit a brief nomination describing the faculty member’s role as a mentor at Simmons and her/his influence on post-Simmons success. Nominations are due by October 15, 2021 and may be submitted using this online form.




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