Jennifer Herman

Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching
  • Health Professions Education
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  • PhD in Higher Education, University at Buffalo
  • MA in International Training and Education, American University.

About Me

Jennifer H. Herman is Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Associate Professor of Practice in Education at Simmons University. She has developed, facilitated, or overseen hundreds of research-based faculty development programs around teaching and scholarship and provides structured support for curriculum design at all levels. She has been a grant co-principal investigator or curriculum designer on many high-impact initiatives, including open-source assessment modules for NILOA, programs for the U.S. Department of State, the New York State Small Business Development Center's online Entreskills program, and a STEM teaching institute for Harvard Medical School. In her faculty role, she teaches courses on teaching, assessment, learning theory, and curriculum development for the Health Professions Education CAGS and doctoral program. Jennifer's presentations, workshops, and research focus on faculty development programs and Center development, course design, teaching strategies, learning theory, teaching for inclusive excellence, student learning outcomes assessment, instructional technology, and online education; her publications include Creating Engaging Discussions: Strategies for "Avoiding Crickets" in Any Size Class and Online (Stylus, 2018; with L. Nilson). Before coming to Simmons, Dr. Herman was the founding Director of the Center for the Advancement of Scholarship, Teaching, and Learning at Niagara University and taught courses in writing, literature, and education. Jennifer holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University at Buffalo and a MA in International Training and Education from American University.