Upcoming Events

 Sep 27: Budd Center: First The School Zone Meeting
 Sep 30: Transcending Technique: The Spirituality of Gestalt Therapy
 Sep 30: Heart Transplant Ironman: Upper Limits of Human Performance Post-heart Transplant
 Sep 30: Sampling Simmons: Reception for Associate Dean Frank Hernandez

Winter, Spring, Summer: Study Abroad

The Simmons School offers a variety of travel-study opportunities throughout the year.
Learn more.

More Events »

Research News

IES AWARDS PROFESSOR AL OTAIBA WITH 1.6 MILLION GRANT

Professor Stephanie Al Otaiba

Simmons Professor Stephanie Al Otaiba (principal investigator) and her colleagues in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Jill Allor and Paul Yovanoff, and Akihito Kamata, director of the Center for Research and Evaluation, have received a $1.6 million federal grant to study reading interventions.

The grant comes from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and explores the relationship between schools’ Response to Intervention (RTI) implementation and teachers’ RTI knowledge and student outcomes.

NEW STUDY LOOKS AT BRAIN BLOOD FLOW FOR POTENTIAL DIAGNOSIS OF CONCUSSIONS

Sushmita Purkayastha, Assistant Professor, SMU

Assistant Professor Sushmita Purkayastha, Dept. of Applied Physiology and Wellness, is part of a research team conducting a new study to find indicators that can diagnose whether an athlete has suffered a concussion.

Purkayastha is using transcranial Doppler ultrasound to examine college athletes and measure blood vessel function in the brain, looking for tell-tale signs related to blood flow that help diagnose concussion.

She is collaborating with the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at UT Southwestern in a pilot study funded by Texas Institute for Brain Injury and Repair. Read more.

Top Stories

Simmons Dean Search Underway

ASSOCIATE DEAN HERNANDEZ OFFERS INSIGHTS ON DEVELOPING LATINO SUPERINTENDENTS

Associate Dean Frank Hernandez 

Associate Dean Frank Hernandez provided his expertise on Latinos and school leadership for KERA radio’s story on Latino superintendents in Texas.

Eight of Texas’ largest cities have Latinos leading public schools. Hernandez believes the creation of superintendent leadership academies can lead to the development of more Latinos.

The story is part of a statewide public radio series on education.

BRIAN FENNIG RATES HIGH WITH STUDENTS

Brian Fennig

For a second year in a row, Wellness professor Brian Fennig, receives a top national ranking by students in Rate My Professors, an online site. He is no. 4 on the Highest Rated University Professors of 2015-16 list. Students voting for him describe him as inspirational and respected. Congratulations to him!

DENISA GÀNDARA ELECTED TO HIGHER EDUCATION BOARD

Dr. Denisa Gandara

Assistant Professor Denisa Gàndara is a new member-at-large board representative for the Council for Public Policy in Higher Education. The council is part of the Association For The Study of Higher Education, and its purpose is “to promote research on, and to advance understanding of, the processes and impacts of public policy in U.S. higher education, as well as to help inform decision making in the public policy arena.”

Gàndara joined the Department of Education Policy and Leadership in 2015.