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Teaching and Scholarship

We celebrate the publications and presentations, as well as the recognition garnered by the Simmons's faculty:

Awards and Recognition

  • Assistant Professor of Education Daren Graves recently received the Alumni Achievement Award at the Harvard Graduate School of Education Annual Alumni of Color Conference (AOCC) March 2 for "exampling transformative work in service to educational change." Graves founded the AOCC, which is now in its 11th year.
  • Makeda Kamara, associate professor of nursing, received the Nursing Education and Mentoring Award from the New England Regional Black Nurses Association (NERBNA). She was honored at a dinner at the Marriot Copley Hotel in Boston Feb. 22. NERBNA is part of the national effort to unify, educate, and increase the number of African American nurses in the country.
  • Professor Emerita Bonnie Betters-Reed was recently elected Trustee Emerita for the A. Jean Brugger Education Foundation in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. The A. Jean Brugger Education Foundation seeks to create and promote educational and community development programs in San Juan del Sur through its scholarship programs for local students and sponsoring of local teachers.
  • Two SSW faculty received awards from The Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers during a reception March 19 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center. Professor Johnnie Hamilton-Mason received an award for Greatest Contribution to Social Work Education, and Adjunct Professor Nancy Levine was honored for Greatest Contribution to Social Work Practice. Two Simmons alumnae were also honored during the event: Joan Ditzion received the Lifetime Achievement Award and Lisa Krinsky received the Award for Social Policy and Change.

Recent Presentations

  • Richard Cravatts, professor of practice and director of the Communications Management Program, spoke in Scottsdale, Arizona on Feb. 17 on the topic of "The Brand Hijacking of Israel," as part of the Bureau of Jewish Education's Passages lecture series. His talk was based on research from his book, Genocidal Liberalism: The University's Jihad Against Israel & Jews.
  • Assistant Professor of Education Daren Graves presented at Raising Competent and Caring Boys: New Models of Strength and Resilience, a one-day conference sponsored by the Wellesley Jean Baker Miller Training Institute.
  • Assistant Professor Mary Wilkins Jordan presented "Managers and IT: A (Potentially) Beautiful Relationship" at the EDUCAUSE: Midwest meeting March 18-20 in Chicago.
  • History/Modern Languages and Literatures Professor Zhigang Liu was a panelist at the US-Japan Internationalizing Higher Education Symposium March 11. The symposium was sponsored by Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, & Technology; Showa Women's University; and Showa Boston.
  • Communications Lecturer Andrew Porter moderated a panel March 1 titled: "The Social Shift: How Technology is a Game Changer for Internal Communications" as part of the 2012-13 Masters Institute Series for the Publicity Club of New England. Thirty senior communications professionals from leading companies and agencies attended.
  • Associate Professor Rong Tang gave a presentation on her Microsoft Pixelsense Surface table (SUR40) usability testing research effort March 1 at the Liberact Workshop, which is hosted by the Harvard University Library. Tang has led two phases of usability tests of the Library Explorer Application on the SUR40 table, which is installed in the Harvard Cabot Library. The research helps us understand how an interactive multi-touch tabletop may enhance student learning.


  • Adjunct Instructor Kate Barba and alumna and retired nursing associate professor of practice Terry Mahan Buttaro are the editors of the recently released textbook Nursing Care of the Hospitalized Older Patient (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012). They have also contributed several chapters to the book. In addition, several Simmons alumnae/i and full-time and part-time faculty have contributed chapters.
  • An article by Associate Professor of Nursing Susan Duty entitled "Potential sources of bisphenol A in the neonatal intensive care unit," was published in the journal Pediatrics Feb. 18.
  • Laura Prieto, professor of history and women's and gender studies, contributed to the online review volume Subjecting History edited by Trevor Getz and Thomas Padilla. Her essay is titled "In Loving Memory of her Little Girl: Past, Present, and Place in the Gladys Potter Garden."

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.