The Simmons Strategy Map defines the College's mission, vision, core values, and five themes that will drive Simmons' planning for decades to come. The themes and the specific goals within those themes pertaining to scholarship and teaching are included below.
Build a vibrant student-entered educational community that inspires leadership and lifelong engagement
S-4: Simmons will continue to offer a women-centered pedagogy and foster a thriving intellectual community that promotes gender equality.
Envision Simmons as a university with a global perspective built on research & teaching excellence
E-1: Identify curricular, extra-curricular, and integrated opportunities to provide high impact learning experiences that will deepen students' understanding of their role in their local, global, and or professional communities
E-2: Define program specific experiential outcomes that require students to apply theoretical concepts and to reflect on how theory can inform practice and practice can reform theory.
E-3: Define transformative learning in terms of current theory and best practices. Highlight and disseminate transformative learning pedagogies, experiences, assignments to practitioners within and beyond Simmons.
E-4: Value and reward research, scholarship, writing for publication as well as cross-disciplinary thinking & collaboration that accents teaching as forward-looking, all around excellent, and exceptionally relevant for career employment.
Attain and retain financial strength
F-1: Explore new methods of delivering current and new course offerings while minimizing the burden on existing courses.
I-3: Embrace the creative and experimental. Devise ways to celebrate, to talk about experiments undertaken, to set expectations around experimentation in performance evaluations, and to note "noble failures."
Promote a student-centered culture of learning, leadership, and making a difference.
O-1: Prioritize curricular and administrative obstacles to joint endeavors. Identify and implement solutions that facilitate collaboration across the college.
- Carole Biewener, Professor of Economics and Women's and Gender Studies, published the book, L'empowerment, une pratique émancipatrice (Editions La Découverte, 2013).
- • Sari Edelstein, Associate Professor of Nutrition, has published her tenth book, Food Science, An Ecological Approach (Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2013).
- Senior Art and Music Lecturer Edie Bresler has been awarded a Spring Artist Residency at the Boston Center for the Arts. Her project Exchange Economies explores the relationship between how value is set and what that actually means. Bresler will roam the neighborhoods around the BCA and ask strangers if they'd be willing to sit for a portrait. Photos will be taken using everything from a 19th century view camera to an iPhone. Participants will receive a voucher that can be exchanged for one of the portraits on display.
- An exhibit of photographs by Associate Professor of Art and Music Vaughn Sills is on display at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens at the University of Michigan through March 10. The show included a lecture by Sills and English Professor Lowry Pei January 29.
- Professor of Practice Camila Alire was one of three prominent humanities scholars appointed to the National Council on the Humanities by President Barack Obama in January.
- Professor of Practice and Center for Gender in Organizations Director Patricia Deyton has been appointed as the Global Repository Coordinator in the area of Nonprofit Management for the PRME (Principles for Responsible Management in Education) Working Group on Gender Equality. The repository will aid faculty in incorporating gender issues into management education.
- Nutrition Professor Teresa Fung was among a panel of dietary experts selected to create the U.S.News and World Report's "Best Diets of 2013." Fung was also interviewed by Reuters Health for an article January 24 on the Mediterranean diet's effect on the aging brain.
- Associate Professor of Practice Dana Grossman Leeman recently accepted an invitation to join the editorial advising board of the journal, Social Work with Groups.