Award-winning author and spokeswoman Patricia Elam recently joined Simmons as the new Associate Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET).
Elam’s national reputation as a writer, teacher, and leader with a background in law makes her a noteworthy addition to Simmons and the CET, an initiative of Strategy 2015 to strengthen the undergraduate college.
Elam has spent the past three years as a writing instructor for Howard University in Washington, D.C., and has taught several writing courses at Goucher College, University of Maryland, and the University of Massachusetts Boston.
She has extensive experience as an interviewer and commentator with media outlets such as National Public Radio (NPR), CNN, and BBC. Elam is the author of numerous articles and anthologies, and wrote the 2001 novel Breathing Room. Her writing has appeared in The Baltimore Sun and The Washington Post, and her advice column “Heart to Heart,” was a standing feature on SeeingBlack.com.
Additionally, Elam’s background in law includes appointments as Acting Chief Administrative Law Judge for the District of Columbia government, and Judicial Clerk for the Massachusetts Court of Appeals. She also had a private practice in Washington, D.C.
Elam earned her bachelor’s degree from Adelphi University; she received her masters in fine arts (MFA) from the University of Maryland, and a juris doctorate (JD) from Northeastern University School of Law. She has earned several writing awards at Maryland and Adelphi including the Associated Writing Programs Intro Journal Award and the Adelphi Roundtable Award.