Faculty Recognition Events

Each year promotion, tenure, and emerita/us status decisions are made at the February meeting of the Simmons Board of Trustees. 

The group of Simmons faculty who received tenure or promotions in 2024

On March 20,2024, the Center for Faculty Excellence and the Provost’s Office held a Promotion & Tenure Celebration for this year’s honorees to celebrate their outstanding accomplishments and each of their significant milestones.

Visit the Simmons University Library LibGuide that features profiles of honorees and the works they have selected to highlight in honor of their achievements.

Simmons Faculty in the News

The cover of "Natural Magic: Emily Dickinson, Charles Darwin, and the Dawn of Modern Science", flanked by photos of Emily Dickinson and Charles Darwin

The Boston Globe Praises Literature Professor’s Daring New Book

A recent article in The Boston Globe commends Natural Magic: Emily Dickinson, Charles Darwin, and the Dawn of Modern Science (Princeton University Press, 2024) by Professor of Literature and Writing Renée Bergland.


Professor of Social Work Johnnie Hamilton-Mason

Professor Hamilton-Mason Honored by Haymarket People’s Fund

The Haymarket People's Fund has described Professor Johnnie Hamilton-Mason as “an interdisciplinary researcher” and honored her for her work in support of the Fund.


The Simmons campus in the spring

SLIS Dean Sanda Erdelez Receives Croatian Women of Influence Award

The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) Dean Sanda Erdelez was selected as a winner of the Croatian Women of Influence Award, a recognition of leadership, innovation, and community impact of Croatian women around the world.


Studio portrait of Professor Bob White, photograph by Jerry Russo.

Professor of Communications Bob White Featured in Oral History Collection of Artists During COVID-19

During the COVID-19 lockdown (2020–2021), local photographer and filmmaker Jerry Russo interviewed hundreds of artists about their experiences of isolation, including Professor of Communications Bob White. The University of Massachusetts Amherst has since archived this oral history collection.


Pride Flag flying with MA state flag in front of Simmons MCB

Professor Gary Bailey Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth

According to the Mass.gov press release, this event “was a testament to the unwavering commitment of all involved to create a more inclusive and supportive environment for young people of all gender identities and sexual orientations.”


Dr. Jennifer Herman, Professor Tatiana Cruz, Professor Kamille Gentles-Peart, and NEBHE President and CEO Dr. Michael Thomas at the International Women's Day Breakfast and Awards

Navigating the North Star: Assistant Professor Tatiana M.F. Cruz Receives Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Award

The American Council on Education Women’s Network Massachusetts has recognized Tatiana M.F. Cruz, Assistant Professor and Interdisciplinary Program Director of Africana Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies, and her collaborator Dr. Kamille Gentles-Peart (Roger Williams University) for co-founding and directing the North Star Collective, a group of colleges and universities in New England that are committed to faculty racial equity.


Sex and the City Cast

Professor Suzanne Leonard Discusses “Sex and the City’s” Toxic Masculinity in Los Angeles Times

“Audiences [today] are much more aware of the dangers of toxic masculinity, and that doesn't read as sexy anymore. I think you have more sophisticated feminist viewers,” says Leonard.


The waiting room of an overdose prevention center in New York City

Advancing Harm Reduction: The Case for Overdose Prevention Centers

A conversation with Jeffrey Steen, Assistant Professor in the Simmons University School of Social Work.