Provost and Senior Vice President of Simmons College
Dr. Conboy comes to Simmons from Stonehill College, where she served as a faculty member in the department of English since 1987 and as chief academic officer (academic vice president and then provost) since 2000. Provost Conboy was responsible for Stonehill's academic vision and for ensuring the curriculum met its academic objectives. At Simmons, she serves on President Drinan's Operating Team, leads the academic council (composed of the Deans of Simmons's five schools), and has overall responsibility for Academic Affairs, including the Center for Academic Advising, the Library, Center for Excellence in Teaching, Registrar, Career Education Center, and Study Abroad. Dr. Conboy holds a B.A. in English from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Notre Dame. Her scholarship areas include British fiction, Irish literature, and feminist theory. (See Dr. Conboy's curriculum vitae for more information.)
Dr. Conboy is the co-editor of Writing on the Body: Female Embodiment and Feminist Theory (Columbia University Press). Her articles, essays, and book reviews have been published in ELH, Modern Language Studies, Verse, Twentieth Century Literature, MELUS: The Journal of Multi-ethnic Literature of the United States, and Poetry Ireland Review, among others. She regularly presents at the annual meetings of the American Conference of Academic Deans, the Council of Independent Colleges, and the American Association of Colleges and Universities on the liberal arts and liberal education; planning; faculty work; and other topics.
Katie Conboy serves on the boards of the American Conference of Academic Deans, Boston College High School in Boston, MA, and Trinity Catholic Academy in Brockton, MA. She is also a past member of the Advisory Board for the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education and a past chair of the CAO Task Force for the Council of Independent Colleges.
Dr. Effrat oversees the budget, admissions, faculty compensation, faculty searches, space, and sponsored research. The Offices of Institutional Research and Sponsored Programs report to him. Dr. Effrat participates on search committees, task forces, development of faculty policies, accreditation matters, and matters of the Colleges of the Fenway. He is also a member of the President's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council.
Prior to this position, he served as Professor and Associate Provost for faculty recruitment and retention at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He was Chair of the Department of Educational Policy, Research, and Administration, Director of the Center for Education Policy, and Interim Dean of the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Dr. Effrat has published on the sociology of education and educational policy, conducted research and development projects concerning program implementation and evaluation and issues in social justice, and helped create various leadership and professional preparation initiatives in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. One of his recent projects, in collaboration with colleague Nola Stephen and funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, involved working with school districts throughout the Commonwealth to enhance the education of under-represented advanced, talented, and creative learners.
Dr. Effrat held faculty and academic administrative positions at Haverford College, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, and York University. He served as editor of Sociological Inquiry, the journal of the national honor society, and founding editor of Interchange: A Journal of Educational Studies. Dr. Effrat holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University and a B.A. from Princeton University.
Nancy Dimauro is responsible for the management of academic proposals and funded projects: the pre- and post-award management of grant programs, overseeing program support services, including budget, logistics, and other administrative arrangements.
Previously, Dimauro worked as a project consultant for Bay Path College in Longmeadow, MA, assisting in strategic projects for marketing; the College's NEASC accreditation renewal; and a financial literacy education series for women. Dimauro also served as Director of Operations of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke, managing the operations and writing and managing grant funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, and numerous private foundations. Through these grants Dimauro developed and supported strong collaborations with the Holyoke Mayor and Police Chief, Hampden County District Attorney's Office, Massachusetts State Police and Sheriff's Department, the Holyoke Housing AUthoriy, Department of Youth Services, and ten other service agencies.
Nancy Dimauro earned a B.A. degree in psychology, as a Frances Perkins Scholar, from Mount Holyoke College.
Special Assistant to the Provost
Richard Voos assists with academic strategy and planning, shepherds accreditation and other academic administrative processes, and manages a variety of special projects in the Provost's Office. He also manages the Academic Affairs web site and for Provost's Office communications.
Previously, over 19 years at Babson College, Voos served in a number of roles, including Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Clerk of the Corporation, Chief of Staff to the President, and Associate Vice President for Planning. Among his responsibilities were coordinating the work of the President's cabinet, directing strategic planning, overseeing institutional research and assessment, and coordinating meetings of the Board of Trustees. Before Babson, he worked for eight years in the Arts and Sciences Library at Tufts University
Richard Voos earned a B.A. degree in history from Dartmouth College and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons.
Assistant to the Provost
Pauline LeBlanc is Assistant to the Provost. Prior to joining Simmons in 2009, she worked as an administrator for the Office of General Counsel at Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ms. LeBlanc previously worked for employers in the fields of biochemistry and chemistry research, including Brandeis University. She has more than 25 years of experience in academic and business administration.
Ms. LeBlanc holds certification in business administration and she earned her bachelor's degree from Aquinas College in Newton, MA.
Mike Hollabaugh assists with the daily administrative functions of the Provost's Office, including ordering supplies, calendar management, expense reconciliation, and internal/external communications. He also assists with various academic processes, such as promotion and tenure, sabbaticals, PDMYR, searches, and honorary degrees.
While at Simmons, Mike has coordinated logistics for two government grants for women's leadership from Fulbright and the Department of State. In this role, he worked on arranging travel, event planning, budget management, and preparation of supplies and materials.
Previously, Mike has worked at Ithaca College in their Office of the Provost, and as a civilian with the U.S. Government at Hanscom Air Force Base.
Mike earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance and Music Education from Ithaca College. He is currently working on an M.S. in Library and Information Science at Simmons.
From The Provost
New Student Research Funding Available
Visit the Student Travel and Research Funds page to learn about SURPASs - the Summer Undergraduate Research Program At Simmons