28 June 2006
Alicia Simmons Named Director of Institutional Research and Assessment
Jacksonville State University has named Dr. Alicia Simmons as director of institutional
research and assessment.
An alumna of Jacksonville State University, class of 1985, Dr. Simmons said, “What an honor to serve Jacksonville State University
in this capacity. I look forward to continuing the good work that many capable individuals have provided over the
years in assessment and institutional research.”
According to Dr. Simmons, “Institutional research and assessment is about ensuring that our university
gathers and uses information through a continuous process and in a meaningful
way. It supports a climate that values continuous improvement focused on student
learning. I can’t imagine a more challenging and rewarding
opportunity to contribute to Jacksonville State University.”
Dr. Simmons holds a B.S. degree from JSU with a major in sociology
and minors in social work and gerontology. She earned her
master's in social work at the University of Michigan with concentrations in
administration, research, and evaluation. She completed her Ph.D. in social work
from the University of Georgia this summer.
Dr. Simmons served as a
consultant to several federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services, where she directed the grant review system for child and
family service agencies for more than eight years. She also supervised national
conferences for the Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Drug
Administration, National Institutes of Health, and other federal clients.
Dr. Simmons also served on national research projects focused on the
quality of Head Start, managed child abuse prevention programs, facilitated
strategic planning initiatives for a training and technical assistance firm, and
most recently completed secondary analysis of grandparent foster caregivers
using a national sample.
Dr. Simmons taught graduate and undergraduate
courses at the University of Michigan and the University of
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