Dr. Nicola Simmons

Assistant Professor (PhD), Department of Educational Studies

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Nicola Simmons, Faculty of Education, Brock University

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

Nicola Simmons has held national and international leadership roles in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Chair of the Educational Developers Caucus. She focuses on higher and adult education, including Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, lifelong learning, and leadership. Named a 3M National Teaching Fellow and Brock’s inaugural Open Access Award winner in 2017; in 2016 she received an inaugural Educational Developers’ Caucus Distinguished Educational Development Career Award. Currently, she holds a Brock Chancellor’s Chair for Teaching Excellence exploring how a Wikipedia assignment develops graduate outcomes.  

Academic Awards and Distinctions  

National Awards

  • 2017 3M National Teaching Fellowship (Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education) given for excellence in educational leadership and teaching  
  • 2016 Distinguished Educational Development Career Award (Educational Developers Caucus) given for national educational leadership  

Brock University Awards

  • 2018 Chancellor’s Chair in Teaching Excellence  
  • 2017 Brock University Inaugural Open Access Award  
  • 2016 Brock University Distinguished Teaching Award 
  • 2016 Brock University Faculty of Education Award for Teaching Excellence 

Research in progress  

  • Developing graduate students’ employability skills and improving outcomes through a Wikipedia assignment (Chancellor’s Chair research)  
  • SoTL annotations database (EDC grant; FOE GRAD grant)  
  • Teaching-stream faculty experiences of engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (international team research)  
  • How do teaching and learning centres develop SoTL capacity?  

Papers in progress 

  • Supporting and Sustaining the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Dimensions of Leadership (revisions)  
  • Scholars of Teaching and Learning: The 4M Framework as Analytic Lens for Motivation and Impact (revisions) 
  • SoTL Institutional Assessment (revisions) 
  • Telling SoTL Tales: Research Results in the Right Places (revisions)  

Edited books in progress 

  • A degree of mastery, vol 12. (October, 2018) 
  • Adults in the Academy: Engaging Third Age Students (anticipated Winter 2020) 
  • 2012-2014 Regional VP, Canada, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning  
  • 2012-2014 Founding Chair, SoTL Canada (Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education SIG) 
  • 2012-2014 Past Chair, Educational Developers’ Caucus, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 
  • 2009-2014 Founding Chair, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Ontario 
  • 2008-2010 Vice-President, SoTL portfolio, The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Book  

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 Edited Books 

Simmons, N. (forthcoming, 2019). Critical collaborative communities: Academic writing partnerships, groups, and retreats. The Netherlands: Brill.  

Simmons, N., & Marquis, E. (Eds.),(2017). The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 8(2). 

Simmons, N. (Ed.), (2017, October). A degree of mastery, 11. Burlington, ON: Northshore Publications.   

Simmons, N. (Ed.), (2017, June). A degree of mastery, 10. Burlington, ON: Northshore Publications.   

Simmons, N. (Ed.), (2016, October). A degree of mastery, 9. Burlington, ON: Northshore Publications.   

Simmons, N. (Ed.), (2016, summer). The scholarship of teaching and learning in Canada: Institutional impact. New Directions in Teaching and Learning, 146. (A Jossey-Bass publication). 

Simmons, N. (Ed.), (2016, June). A degree of mastery, 8. Burlington, ON: Northshore Publications.   

Simmons, N. (Ed.), (2015, October). A degree of mastery, 7. Burlington, ON: Northshore Publications.   

Simmons, N. (Ed.), (2015, June). A degree of mastery, 6. Burlington, ON: Northshore Publications.   

Simmons, N. (Ed.), (2015, June). A degree of mastery, 5. Burlington, ON: Northshore Publications.   

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.

Contributions to Edited Books  

Simmons, N. (accepted). Participatory action research: Lessons learned. In N. Fenton, & W. Ross (Eds.), Critical reflection on research in teaching and learning.  The Netherlands: Brill. 

Marquis, E., & Simmons, N. (accepted). Growing the Canadian SoTL Community through a Collaborative Writing Initiative. In N. Simmons (Ed.), Critical collaborative communities: Academic writing partnerships, groups, and retreatsThe Netherlands: Brill 

Kensington-Miller, B., Oliver, C., Morón-García, S., Manarin, K., Abrahamson, E., Simmons, N., Deshler, J. (accepted). An international collaborative writing group: Perspectives on building partnerships and developing community. In N. Simmons (Ed.), Critical collaborative communities: Academic writing partnerships, groups, and retreats. The Netherlands: Brill. 

Simmons, N. (in press). Creating Lego representations of theory. In A. James, & C. Nerantzi (Eds.), The power of play in higher education. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.  

Simmons, N. (2016). Snakes and ladders LifeMapping: A process for visual data collection. In P. Denicolo, K. Bradley-Cole, T. Long, & M. Pope (Eds.), Constructivist approaches and research methods: A practical guide to exploring personal meanings (pp. 180-182)Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishing.   

Kompf, M., & Simmons, N. (2016). 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.

Contribution to Edited Web-based Collection 

Simmons, N. (2017). Participatory pedagogy: Inviting student metacognition. Teaching with Metacognition Repository. Online at http://www.improvewithmetacognition.com/teaching-with-metacognition-repository/  

Simmons, N. (2016). Insights and questions. Available online at http://teachingcommons.yorku.ca/insights-and-questions/ 

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals 

Simmons, N., & Taylor, K. L. (revisions). Supporting and sustaining the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Dimensions of leadership. Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.  

Simmons, N. (revisions). Scholars of teaching and learning: Motivating influences and impact. Teaching and Learning Inquiry.  

Simmons, N. (in press). Crossing the [SoTL] bridge and diving in. Teaching and Learning Inquiry.  

Simmons, N., & Marquis, E. (2017, June). Defining SoTL. The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 

Simmons, N., & Marquis, E. (2017, June). Promoting and celebrating international SoTL collaborations: An introduction to the special issue. The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 

Simmons, N., & Poole, G. (2016). SoTL in Canada: Answering calls for action. New Directions in Teaching and Learning, 146, 13-22. 

Simmons, N. (2016). The scholarship of teaching and learning in Canada: Institutional impact. New Directions in Teaching and Learning, 146, 95-102. 

Simmons, N. (2016). I am the very model of a modern prof in inquiry. Transformative Dialogues, 8(3). 

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. 

Publication in professional magazines 

Simmons, N. (2016, Aug/Sept). Teaching: I just can’t talk about it. University Affairs. Available at http://www.universityaffairs.ca/letters-editor-aug-sept-2016/  

Web-based Resources 

Simmons, N. (2016/2018). Scholarship of teaching and learning: Annotated literature database. Available online at https://researchsotl.wordpress.com/  

Invited Articles 

Simmons, N. (2016). Getting started in SoTL: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning annotated literature database. The SoTL Advocate. Available online at https://illinoisstateuniversitysotl.wordpress.com/2016/05/16/getting-started-in-sotl-scholarship-of-teaching-and-learning-annotated-literature-database/ 

Simmons, N. (2016). Advocating for Scholarship on Teaching and Learning: A voyage of discovery. Available online at https://sotlcanada.wordpress.com/2016/05/02/advocating-for-scholarship-on-teaching-and-learning-a-voyage-of-discovery/ 

2018-2021 Chancellor’s Chair in Teaching Excellence ($15,000)

2018-2019 Educational Developers Caucus (EDC) Grant on Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Annotated Literature Database ($2,997) 

2018 Brock FOE GRAD Fund for book editing ($1811)

2018 Brock FOE GRAD Fund for work on SoTL database ($1811)

2017 Brock ADED Higher Education certificate SoTL course development ($7000)    

2013-2014 Educational Developers Caucus (EDC) Grant on Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Annotated Literature Database ($2,500) 

2013 Brock’s E-learning Initiative for EDUC 5V34 online development ($7000.00)    

Peer reviewed conference presentations  

Simmons, N. (2018). Constructing definitions: Contexts and culture for SoTl. Accepted for presentation at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Bergen, Norway, October.   

Simmons, N., Scharff, L, Gregory, D., & Eady, M. (2018). SoTL in the margins: Case studies of teaching-stream roles. Accepted for presentation at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Bergen, Norway, October.   

Simmons, N., Freiburg, J., Gregory, D., & Mistry, V. (2018). The ISSoTL journey: Creating a culture that learns. Accepted for presentation at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Bergen, Norway, October.   

Abrahamson, E., Simmons, N., Manarin, K., Deshler, J., Oliver, C., Kensington-Miller, B., & Moron-Garcia, S. (2018). Experience and expectations of a collaborative writing group: Forging a learning culture for SoTL. Accepted for presentation at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Bergen, Norway, October.   

Simmons, N., & Stubley, G. (2018). The 3M nomination dossier: A reflective activity for our professional journeys. Part of 3M Open books session. Presented at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education annual conference, Sherbrooke, June.  

Endersby, L., Popovic, C., & Simmons, N. (2018). Building Blocks for Learning: Using LEGO in the Classroom. Presented at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education annual conference, Sherbrooke, June.  

Simmons, N. (2018). Learning outcomes: Student engagement for greater impact. Presented at the International Federation of National Teaching Fellows annual symposium, Halifax, May. 

Simmons, N. (2018). Moving institutional assessment of the SoTL from instrumental to transformative. Presented at the International Federation of National Teaching Fellows annual symposium, Halifax, May.  

Endersby, L., Popovic, C., & Simmons, N. (2018). Building (on) reflection: Using LEGO in the classroom. Presented at the Educational Developers Caucus annual conference, Victoria, BC, February.  

Simmons, N., & Taylor, K. L. (2017). Leading the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning to new heights: Engaging, connecting, collaborating, and advocating. Accepted for presentation at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning annual conference, Calgary, October.

Simmons, N. (2017). Wikipedia as a catalyst for M.Ed. students’ [self] knowledge construction. Presented at the Digital Pedagogy conference, Brock University, August.  

Simmons, N., & Contant, N. (2017). Blended introductory graduate course: Online self-paced assessment modules and F2F community. Presented at the Digital Pedagogy conference, Brock University, August.  

Simmons, N. (2017). SoTL as the third side of the coin: Connecting teaching and research. Presented at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education annual conference, Halifax, June.  

Simmons, N., Gil, A., Groen, J., Marquis, E., Miller-Young, J., & Verwoord, R. (2017). Building capacity through collaboration: SoTL Canada and CJ-SoTL’s collaborative writing groups.  Presented at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education annual conference, Halifax, June. 

Knorr, K., & Simmons, N. (2017). ED motivation or invitation: Levels of engagement. Presented at the International Consortium of Educational Developers annual conference, South Africa.  

Simmons, N. (2017). Learning outcomes: Tried and true or tired and blue? Presented at the Educational Developers Caucus annual conference, Guelph, February. 

Simmons, N., & Taylor, K. L. (2016). Educational developers leading and empowering the SoTL. Presented at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education annual conference, June.   

Simmons, N., & K. L. Taylor (2016). Educational developers supporting the SoTL: Brokering across borders. Presented at the Educational Developers Caucus annual conference, Windsor, February. 

Simmons, N. (2015). Synthesizing SoTL: Spheres of influence. Presented at the Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Mount Royal, November.  

Simmons, N., & Groen, J. (2015). The SoTL Canada symphony: Conducting the orchestra. Presented at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education annual conference, June.   

Simmons, N. (2015, accepted). Imagining the future: Lifelong learning for a changing world. Accepted for presentation at the International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching biennial conference, July.   

Simmons, K., & Simmons, N. (2014). The drama of instructor-student engagement: Creating questions for inquiry. Presented at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning annual conference, October.

Simmons, K., & Simmons, N. (2014). A relational perspective: Using drama theory to transform instructor-student engagement. Presented at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education annual conference, June.   

Simmons, N., Abrahamson, E., Deschler, J. M., Kensington-Miller, B., Manarin, K. Morón-García, S., Oliver, C., & Renc-Roe, J. (2013). Troublesome thresholds: SoTL practitioners’ identity conflicts and configuration. Presented at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, October.  

Simmons, N. (2013). Wikipedia as a catalyst for MEd students’ knowledge construction processes.  Presented at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, October. 

Simmons, N. (2013).  Wikipedia as a catalyst for MEd students’ knowledge construction. Presented at the International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching, July, Belgium. 

Simmons, N. (2013). Sustaining the SoTL soul. Presented at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education annual conference, June, Cape Breton. 

Simmons, N. (2013). Finding focus and flow: Creative activities to unblock the writing process. Presented at the Educational Developers Caucus annual conference, Wilfrid Laurier, February. 

Simmons, N. (2017). Navigating the mountain: A database of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in higher education. Accepted for presentation at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning annual conference, Calgary, October.  

Simmons, N. (2016). SoTL annotations: Point of entry literature for research on teaching and learning. Presented at the annual conference of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, June.  

Simmons, N. (2016). SoTL points of entry: An annotation database of research on teaching and learning in higher education. Presented at the Educational Developers Caucus annual conference, February.  

Simmons, N. (2015). SoTL snakes and ladders: Variations on a theme. Accepted for presentation at the annual conference of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, June.  

Simmons, N. (2015, accepted). Literature annotations: A database of research on teaching and learning in higher education. Accepted for presentation at the International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching biennial conference, July.   

Simmons, N. (2014). The scholarship of teaching and learning: Database of literature annotations for scholars and practitioners. Accepted for presentation at the annual conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, October.  

International Talk 

Simmons, N. (2014, December). Balancing teaching, research, and writing. 3-day workshop series for Celebrating University Teaching, University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago.

Invited Keynote and Plenary Presentations 

Simmons, N. (2018). Invited Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Trent, May 23-25. 

Simmons, N. (2018). Navigating the teaching and learning landscapeDiscovering the underexplored SoTL terrain. Keynote presentation at Sheridan College SparkTALKS! March.  

Simmons, N. (2016). The third side of the coin: SoTL as connective interface. Keynote presentation at Brock University’s Celebrating Teaching Day, December 8.  

Simmons, N. (2016). The third side of the coin: SoTL as connective interface. Keynote presentation at York University’s Teaching in Focus conference, May 19.  

Simmons, N. (2016). Open access database for SoTL literature. Brock’s Chancellor’s Chairs in Teaching Excellence annual celebration. Brock University, March.  

Simmons, N. (2015). Synthesizing SoTL: Spheres of influence. Brock’s Chancellor’s Chairs in Teaching Excellence annual celebration. Brock University, March.  

Simmons, N. (2014). The SoTL is alive and well at Brock. Brock’s Chancellor’s Chairs in Teaching Excellence annual celebration. Brock University, March.  

Simmons, N. (2014). Community college educators planning for the future: What next? Closing keynote presentation for the Southwest Colleges’ Professional Development Conference, June. 

Simmons, N. (2013). What is the scholarship of teaching & learning? Keynote presentation at Brock’s Chancellor’s Chairs in Teaching Excellence, March 19.  

Simmons, N., & Rodgers, R. (2013). EDC Institute: Perspectives, values, and ethics for educational development. Plenary presentation at the EDC annual conference, Wilfred Laurier University, February 20.  

Invited Convocation Addresses 

Simmons, N. (2016). May your life be rich and full. Fall Convocation, Brock University.  

Simmons, N. (2016, June). Pay it forward. Spring Convocation address, Brock University.

EDUC 5P30 Development, Learning and Curriculum
EDUC 5P32 Learning and the Mind
EDUC 5P33 Development, Lifelong Learning, and Meaning-Making
EDUC 5P34 Individuals, Institutions, and Lifelong Learning in Higher and Adult Education
EDUC 5P35 Adult Teaching and Learning
EDUC 5P36 Critical Perspectives on Adult Learning
EDUC 5P51 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
EDUC 5P52 Contemporary Issues in Higher Education
EDUC 5P54 Designing Curriculum to Foster Critical Thinking
EDUC 5P73 Challenges of Educational Leadership
EDUC 5P84 Exploring Approaches to Professional Development
EDUC 5P85 Reflective Practice
EDUC 5P87 Evaluating Teaching Effectiveness
EDUC 5P92 An Introduction to Educational Research
EDUC 5P95 Qualitative Methods in Educational Research
EDUC 5Q97 Culminating Seminar in Educational Studies
EDUC 5N99 Introduction to Graduate Studies
EDUC 4P03 Reflection on Practice
ADED 4P50 Scholarly Reflection on Postsecondary Teaching and Learning