Dr. Nicola Simmons

Assistant Professor (PhD), Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Education

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Nicola Simmons, Faculty of Education, Brock University

Hamilton, ON
Office: WH 265
905 547 3555 x3137
nsimmons@brocku.ca

Dr. Nicola Simmons’s work is in postsecondary teaching and learning, including educational development and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

She has had several national and international leadership roles in this field, including Vice-President, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, for the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, regional Vice-President, Canada, for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and past chair of the Educational Developers Caucus.

Dr. Simmons is also Founding Chair of SoTL Canada, a special interest group of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. The SIG membership is currently over 225 scholars of teaching and learning across Canada.

Nicola is often asked to give workshops for various academic groups on research on teaching and learning in higher education; recent ones include the University of West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago.

Postsecondary pedagogy, including higher education policy and practice, scholarship of teaching and learning, participatory pedagogy, educational development, and adult personal and professional lifelong learning, development, and meaning-making.

Books

Herteis, E. M., & Simmons, N. (2010). The portfolio process: Green guide no. 10. London, ON: Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Edited Special Issue Journal and Books

Simmons, N. (Ed.), (in progress; 2015 publication). The scholarship of teaching and learning in Canada: Institutional impact. New Directions in Teaching and Learning. (A Jossey-Bass publication).

Simmons, N. (Ed.), (2013, October). A degree of mastery, 4. Burlington, ON: Northshore Publications.  

Simmons, N. (Ed.), (2013, October). A degree of mastery, 3. Burlington, ON: Northshore Publications.  

Simmons, N. (Ed.), (2013, June). A degree of mastery, 2. Burlington, ON: Northshore Publications.  

Simmons, N. (Ed.), (2012). A degree of mastery. Burlington, ON: Northshore Publications.  

Simmons, N. (Ed.), (2012). Mastering the degree. Burlington, ON: Northshore Publications.  

Simmons, N. (Ed.),(2011). Opportunities and new directions: Canadian scholarship of teaching and learning, Volume 2. Waterloo, ON: University of Waterloo.

Simmons, N. (Ed.),(2010). Opportunities and new directions: Canadian scholarship of teaching and learning. Waterloo, ON: University of Waterloo.

Chapters in Edited Books

Kompf, M., & Simmons, N. (in press; expected July 2015). Reconstructing lifelong learning. In D. A. Winters, & N. Reed (Eds.), Handbook of personal construct psychology. London: Wiley Blackwell.

Simmons, N. (2013). Outcomes of learning: [Dis]engaging students in higher education. In M. Kompf, & P. M. Denicolo (Eds.), Critical issues in higher education: The next generation (pp. 85-96). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishing.  

Poole, G., & Simmons, N. (2013). The contributions of the scholarship of teaching and learning to quality enhancement in Canada. In G. Gordon, & R. Land (Eds.), Quality enhancement in higher education: International perspectives (pp. 118-128). London: Routledge.

Simmons, N., & Lee, J. (2011). Co-op placements, work term reports, and the development of undergraduate research skills: Seeking integration. Opportunities and new directions: Canadian scholarship of teaching and learning, Volume 2 (pp. 57-66)Waterloo, ON: University of Waterloo.

Simmons, N., Lee, J., Stubley, G., & Opal, A. (2010). Engagement in engineering: An analysis of factors. In N. Simmons (Ed.) Opportunities and new directions: Canadian scholarship of teaching and learning (pp. 105-114)Waterloo, ON: University of Waterloo.

Simmons, N., Drakeford, T., & Hosseinpour, N. (2007). Critical incidents and anxious times: Transformative learning through inquiry. In C. Knapper (Ed.). Experiences with inquiry learning (pp. 105-110). Hamilton, Ontario: Centre for Leadership in Learning, McMaster University.

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Simmons, N. (in press; expected 2015). SoTL in Canada. New Directions in Teaching and Learning. (A Jossey-Bass publication).

Simmons, N. (in press; expected 2015). The scholarship of teaching and learning in Canada: Institutional impact. New Directions in Teaching and Learning.(A Jossey-Bass publication).

Simmons, K., & Simmons, N. (submitted). A relational perspective: Using drama theory to transform instructor-student engagement.

Simmons, N., Abrahamson, E., Deschler, J. M., Kensington-Miller, B., Manarin, K. Morón-García, S., Oliver, C., & Renc-Roe, J. (2013). ­Conflicts and configurations in a liminal space: SoTL scholars’ identity development. Teaching and Learning Inquiry, 1(2).

Simmons, N., & Daley, S. (2013). The art of thinking: Using collage to stimulate scholarly work. The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 4(1).

Simmons, N. (2013). Inquiry, critique, and dissemination of knowledge: Graduate students contributing to Wikipedia. Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 6.

Simmons, N. (2011). Caught with their constructs down? New academics’ development as teachers. International Journal for Academic Development, 16(3), 229-241.

Simmons, N., Barnard, M., & Fennema, W. (2011). Participatory pedagogy: A compass for transformative learning? Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 4.

Simmons, N. (2010). Canadian educational development websites: More ebb than flow? Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 3.

Simmons, N. (2009). Playing for SoTL impact: A personal reflection. The International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 3(2), 15.

Simmons, N. (2009). Global views, personal perspectives: Connecting to self as scholarCollected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2.

Simmons, N. (2008). Mapping a mirage: Documenting the scholarship of teaching and learning. Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 1.

Book Reviews

Simmons, N. (2012). Review of Curriculum development in higher education: Faculty-driven processes and practices. Educational Developers Caucus Resource Review.

Simmons, N. (2010). Pathways to the profession of educational development.Educational Developers Caucus Resource Review, Fall.

Simmons, N. (2009). Teaching and learning: A tandem in motion. Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Winter.

Invited Articles

Simmons, N. (2014). May your life be rich and full. In Cult of busy. Available online at http://cultofbusy.ca/?p=1294

Simmons, N. (2011). Exemplary dissemination: Sowing seed in IJ-SoTL . International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Simmons, N. (2010). ‘Learning how to learn’: Co-op and research skill development. The Prism, Spring, 3.

Simmons, N. (2008). Surviving, succeeding, celebrating: The pre-tenure years. Path to Pedagogy, 17(1), 1-3.

Other Academic or Professional Publications

Simmons, N. (2012). Reflections on ISSOTL11: What’s a meta for? International Commons, 7(1),14.

Simmons, N. (2010). The scholarship of teaching and learning: Moving forward in Canada? Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 55, 3.

Simmons, N. (2010). Educational developers caucus. Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 55, 8.

Simmons, N. (2009). STLHE and the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL): What next? Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 53, 13.

Simmons, N. (2009). New SoTL conference at the Univeristy of Waterloo (UW), Ontario, Canada. The International Commons, 4(2), 15.

Simmons, N., Hunt, G., Mather, J., Meadows, K. (2009). Input to the draft 2ndedition of the Tri-Council policy statement: Comments and recommendations regarding multi-jurisdictional research. Unpublished report.

Simmons, N. (2008). Poetic summaries: Skimming the depths. Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 49, 6.

Simmons, N. (2008). The future of research about teaching and learning in Canada? The International Commons, 3(2), 8.

Simmons, N. (2008). Defining SoTL: Conceptions across the disciplines? The International Commons, 3(2), 4.

Simmons, N. (2004). (De) grading the standardized test: Can standardized testing evaluate schools? Education Canada, 44(3), 37-39.

Simmons, N. (1999). Reaching with teaching. Rumours: A Journal of the Association of Campus Emergency Response Teams, 5(2), 1-2.

Curricula and Related Materials

Simmons, N. (2014). Reflective practice, action research, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Annotated bibliography. Welland, ON: Niagara College.

Simmons, N. (2004). Science success! Student workbook. Hamilton, ON: Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair (BASEF).

Simmons, N. (2004). Science success! Teacher guide. Hamilton, ON: Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair (BASEF).

St. John Ambulance (1998). Instructors’ guide for distance delivery of first aid courses. CD-ROM. Ottawa, ON: Author.

St. John Ambulance (1997). National instructor program. Ottawa, ON: Author.

Simmons, N. (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000). Are we having fun yet? Teaching tips for CPR instructors. Self-published.

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