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Jennifer H. Herman



Dr. Jennifer H. Herman joined Simmons College as the new Director for the Center of Excellence in Teaching in August 2013. Dr. Herman's passion lies in helping adults learn: she works to develop—and help others develop—engaging, effective, and practical learning experiences that help adults meet their educational and professional goals. Previously, Dr. Herman was the founding Director of the Center for the Advancement of Scholarship, Teaching, and Learning at Niagara University near Niagara Falls, NY; she also worked for the School of Education at American University in Washington, DC. Dr. Herman received her PhD in Higher Education from the University at Buffalo and her MA in International Training and Education from American University. Dr. Herman has also worked as an education writing consultant for over ten years, and has designed training programs and curricula for the U.S. Department of State and the New York State Small Business Development Center. Throughout her professional career, she has taught courses as an adjunct faculty member in writing, literature, and education, and has taught and written verbal, analytical reasoning, writing, and math content for Kaplan Test Prep, the University at Buffalo's Graduate School of Management, and Barron's Educational Series. Dr. Herman is also an active scholar; her research and publications focus on faculty development, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and online education. She regularly presents at both national and international conferences.

Tricia Elam Walker

Associate Director


Patricia Elam, an award-winning writer, has taught writing and conducted writing workshops for over 15 years at many institutions, including the Boston Center for Adult Education, the University of Maryland, Goucher College, The Writer's Center and Howard University where she was awarded a faculty grant to conduct research in Paris. At Howard, she also taught interdisciplinary courses and worked with faculty across the disciplines. She has written for The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, Essence magazine, among others, and has been a regular commentator for National Public Radio. Her short stories and essays have been published in numerous anthologies including the O.Henry Prize stories. Her novel, Breathing Room, has been taught at several colleges.

Tricia is excited to be returning to her native Boston where she was one of the first two black students to attend The Winsor School as well as where she graduated from law school (Northeastern University School of Law). She is particularly thrilled to be at Simmons as her mother, aunt and sister are alumnae and she is honored to be working with such dynamic faculty.