The Deans are responsible for providing visionary leadership for their schools. They ensure the continuous accreditation of the programs within their schools and are responsible for supporting, strengthening, and advancing the diversification of a strong faculty.

The Deans serve as vital partners in the recruitment and retention of students. They are tasked with leading the faculty in promoting and strengthening innovative, student-focused teaching and engaged learning.

The Dean of each school collaborates with the Provost and each other in an academic structure designed to combine disciplinary preparation with interdisciplinary emphases, inter-professional approaches, and attention to rapidly evolving fields of study and practice.

Deans in the News

Dr. Heather Shlosser

Heather Shlosser Named Dean of School of Nursing

Recently named Dean of the Simmons University School of Nursing, Dr. Heather Shlosser has a bold vision for a transformative future for nursing education amid the current national shortage.

Dr. Michael C. LaSala

Dr. Michael C. LaSala, PhD, LCSW selected as Dean of the School of Social Work

Simmons University is pleased to announce that it has selected Dr. Michael C. LaSala, PhD, LCSW to serve as Dean of the School of Social Work. Dr. LaSala will begin the transition to Simmons during the week of February 5, 2024, and his term will officially begin on July 1, 2024.

Photo of Professor Paul Geisler

Dr. Paul Geisler Named Dean of the School of Sciences and Health Professions

In January 2024, Dr. Paul Geisler, formerly Professor of Health Professions Education, Associate Dean of Health Sciences, and Interim Associate Dean of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, accepted a new position as Interim Dean of the School of Sciences and Health Professions. He will become the official Dean following the School’s formal renaming on July 1, 2024.