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Centers and Institutes

Center for Applied Community Research

The Center for Applied & Community Research (CACR) has a scientific mission to advance excellence in social science research, training, knowledge transfer and exchange at the School of Social Work and to extend this work to the broader Simmons College research community.

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Center for Excellence in Teaching

The Center for Excellence in Teaching is a key initiative in Simmons' Strategy 2015. The Center supports the implementation of teaching innovations and best practices, fosters the scholarship of teaching and learning, enables and promotes collaboration across campus, and provides a supportive environment for growth, experimentation and reflection. The core objectives of the Center are:

  • Provide pedagogical support for all members of the teaching community;
  • Promote the effective use of technology in teaching;
  • Foster and share teaching innovation;
  • Support the scholarship of teaching and learning;
  • Assist with reflection and self-evaluation as it relates to teaching;
  • Support and assist in the use of best practices in teaching;
  • Develop and maintain resources to advance teaching skills and expertise.

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Jennifer Hermann as the first Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching.

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Center for Gender in Organizations

The Center for Gender in Organizations (CGO) is helping to shift how decision-makers think and act in terms of gender equity, diversity and organizational effectiveness. Our research demonstrates that gender equity and diversity greatly improve work practice and businesses benefit when they view gender equity as a strategic imperative and a source of competitive advantage. It is this vital link between gender equity and productivity that forms the cornerstone of CGO's work.

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Center for Hygiene and Health in Home and Community

The Simmons College School for Health Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences and Professional Studies are pleased to announce the establishment of The Center for Hygiene and Health in Home and Community.

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Center for the Study of Children's Literature

A hallmark of the Center for the Study of Children's Literature is the Summer Institute held every other year. The intensive long weekend program offers students an opportunity to meet with authors, illustrators, editors, and others committed to the study of children's literature.

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Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change

The Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change (SILC) sponsors programs, activities, and resources that help initiate social change for women, raise women's issues to the state and national political level, and reach out to audiences diverse in age, class, sexual orientation, culture, and educational background. SILC-sponsored projects take place on the Simmons College campus and in the Greater Boston community, including conferences, lecture and discussion series, special events, and networking opportunities.

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Zora Neale Hurston Literary Center

The Zora Neale Hurston Literary Center at Simmons College provides an inclusive forum for contemporary poets, playwrights, and writers who represent diverse cultural perspectives. Drawing inspiration from the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston — an outstanding novelist, skilled folklorist, playwright, journalist, and critic who was the most prolific black woman writer in America during the first half of the 20th century — the Center works to cultivate literary awareness and cultural diversity at Simmons and in communities throughout the Boston area. We offer an ongoing calendar of author readings and literary events that are open to the general public.

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Recently Published

  • 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).

Recently Exhibited

  • 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.

Recently Appointed

  • 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.