Faculty and Staff Profiles

Lamont D. Simmons
Asst Professor, Social Work
Email: ldsmmons@memphis.edu
Office Location: 113 Mccord Hall
Office Hours: By Appointment
Profile

Dr. Lamont Simmons is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Memphis. His professional experiences include work in child welfare, mental health, and professional development training for child welfare professionals, supervisors, administrators, and foster parents.  His research centers on student experiences in social work education, academic persistence and success, and transformational learning in college and the workplace. Dr. Simmons is a member of Epsilon Upsilon Chapter of Phi Alpha Honor Society of Social Work, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching is informed by the passion I have for guiding students in the learning process and toward their educational purpose(s). I characterize my teaching style as student-centered, infused with critical inquiry as a means to foster intellectual development. I work to promote student learning by offering academic rigor coupled with instructional support. I believe that this balance is central to effective teaching, and allows students to mature as directors of their own learning. I am confident in my ability to enable students to become grounded in the “art” of knowing what it takes to be academically successful, and what it takes to transition seamlessly beyond their higher education experience.



Education
  • EdD Higher and Adult Education - University of Memphis - 2013
  • MSW Social Work - Aurora University - 1999

Work Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work - University of Memphis -  
  • Lecturer, Department of Social Work - University of Memphis -  
  • Professional Development Specialist, Department of of Social Work - University of Memphis -  
  • Project Director/Therapist, W. Memphis, AR - Life Strategies of Arkansas, LLC -  
  • Alternative Education School Social Worker, Chicago Public Schools - Infinity School of Chicago - North -  
  • Mental Health Counselor, Inpatient Psychiatry - Methodist Hospital of Chicago -  
  • Clinical Case Manager, Neighbor to Neighbor Program - Jane Addams Hull House Association -  
Honors/Awards
  • First-Time Principal Investigator - Division of Research and Sponsored Programs - 2016
  • Travel Enrichment Award ($560) - University of Memphis, College of Arts and Sciences - 2016
  • Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work (Honorary Member) - University of Memphis, Epsilon Upsilon Chapter - 2015
  • Associate Graduate Faculty Member Status - University of Memphis, Graduate School - 2014
  • Outstanding Student Award - University of Memphis, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, Department of Leadership - 2012
  • Dempsey and Elvire Chalmers Scholarship - University of Memphis, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education - 2010

Teaching Experience

  • SWRK 7009 - Child Welfare Best Practices - University of Memphis
  • SWRK 4933 - Directed Independent Study - University of Memphis
  • SWRK 4841 - Integrative Field Seminar II - University of Memphis
  • SWRK 3930 - Introduction to Social Work Research - University of Memphis
  • SWRK 3904 - Social Work Practice II (Families and Groups) - University of Memphis
  • SWRK 3903 - Social Work Practice I (Individuals) - University of Memphis
  • SWRK 3902 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment - University of Memphis
  • SWRK 2010 - Introduction to Social Work - University of Memphis

Support

  • Expanding Assets and Steering Initiative (EASI) - Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Diversity Grant - $40,000 - September 2015 - May 2016
  • Network for Overcoming Violence and Abuse (NOVA) - United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) - $197,000 - October 2014 - June 2016
Service
  • University of Memphis - National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) - Conference Abstract Reviewer - January 2017
  • University of Memphis - Department of Social Work - Faculty Search Committee - June 2016
  • University of Memphis - Faculty Senate Committee - Faculty Senator - April 2016 - Present
  • University of Memphis - Department of Social Work - Thesis Advisor/Chair - Jacqueline Murray - January 2016 - December 2016
  • University of Memphis - Department of Leadership - Dissertation Committee - Natalie Cunningham - March 2016 - September 2016
  • University of Memphis - School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy - Planning Coordination Committee - November 2015 - Present
  • University of Memphis - Department of Leadership - Dissertation Committee - Megan McCormick - September 2015 - Present
  • University of Memphis - Department of Leadership - Dissertation Committee - Chandra Alston - September 2015 - June 2016
  • University of Memphis - Department of Social Work - DCS Title IV-E Stipend/Tuition Assistance Coordinator - August 2015 - Present
  • University of Memphis - Department of Leadership - Dissertation Committee - Jonathan Parker Jones - September 2014 - October 2015
  • University of Memphis - Leadership Programs - Faculty Advisor - Campus United Student Action Council - January 2015 - Present
  • University of Memphis - Undergraduate Programs - Undergraduate Curriculum Council, College of Arts and Sciences - August 2014 - May 2015
  • University of Memphis - Department of Social Work - Faculty Search Committee - April 2014 - June 2014
  • University of Memphis - Department of Social Work - Faculty Advisor - Student Social Work Organization - August 2013 - April 2016
  • University of Memphis - Office of Student Leadership and Involvement - The LeaderShape Institute® - May 2013
  • University of Memphis - Department of Social Work - Faculty Search Committee - March 2013 - April 2013
  • University of Memphis - Department of Social Work - Faculty Governance Document Workgroup - September 2012 - May 2014
  • University of Memphis - Department of Leadership - Faculty Search Committee - April 2011 - May 2011
  • Journal of Negro Education - Peer-Reviewer (Manuscript ID# - JNE11022) - July 2014
  • Journal of Negro Education - Peer-Reviewer (Manuscript ID# - JNE14141) - December 2013
  • Journal of Negro Education - Peer-Reviewer (Manuscript ID# - JNE14058) - July 2011
Books Reviewed
  • Simmons, L.D. (2015). Exploring teacher development through racial discourse [Review of the book Making Meaning of Whiteness, by A. McIntyre]. The Qualitative Report, 20(3), 231-233. Retrieved from http://www.nova.edu/ssss/QR/QR20/3/simmons1.pdf

Journal Articles
  • Simmons, L.D. (2016, MS #2664). Beyond matriculation: Examining factors that contribute to African American male persistence at a predominantly White Institution. Submitted to the Qualitative Report.
  • Simmons, L.D. (2016). Empowered to persist: The impact of “Project Empowerment” on Retaining black males in college. In the Proceedings of the 14th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education (pp.1463-1479). Honolulu, HI. ISSN: 1541-5880.
  • Simmons, L.D. (2016). Insights into persistence among African American males at a predominantly white institution. In the Proceedings of the 14th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education (pp. 698-711). Honolulu, HI. ISSN: 1541-5880.
  • Simmons, L.D. (2013). Factors of persistence for African American men in a student support organization. Journal of Negro Education, 82(1), 62-74.
  • Simmons, L.D., Anderson, K., & Taylor, L., Neely-Barnes, S. (in progress). Comparative experiences of first and continuing-generation social work students.

  • Simmons, L.D. (in progress). Sustaining trajectories: Exploring factors that contribute to academic persistence and success among undergraduate Black male social work students.

  • Simmons, L.D. (in progress). Social work students' perceptions of social justice: Examining insights toward advancing human rights in professional practice.
  • Simmons, L.D. (in progress). Factors influencing the academic achievement of baccalaureate social work students.
  • Delavega, E., & Simmons, L. D. (in progress) (2016, ID# 3812). Beyond Bourdieu: The duality of symbolic capital and its implications for social work. Submitted to the Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare.

Presentations
  • Simmons, L.D., Anderson, K., Neely-Barnes, S., & Taylor, L.C. (2017, February). Comparative experiences of first and continuing generation social work students. Presented to the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, University of Memphis. Memphis, TN.
  • Simmons, L.D. Anderson, K., Neely-Barnes, S.L., & Taylor, L.C. (2016, November). Comparing the experiences of first and continuing generation social work students. Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Atlanta, GA.
  • Simmons, L.D. (2016, January). Insights into persistence among African American males at a predominantly white institution. Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI.
  • Simmons, L.D. (2016, January). Empowered to persist: The impact of “Project Empowerment” on retaining Black males in college. Hawaii International Conference in Education, Honolulu, HI.
  • Simmons, L.D., & Wilson, J.L. (2015, November). From one brother to another. The ins and outs of graduate school. University of Memphis, 7th Annual Empowered Men of Color Men's Conference. Memphis, TN.
  • Simmons, L.D. Anderson, K., & Neely-Barnes, S.L. (2015, October). Strategies for promoting academic success among first-generation social work students. Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Denver, CO.
  • Simmons, L.D. (2015, March). Understanding and intervening with children diagnosed with behavioral disorders. University of Memphis Lambuth Campus, Department of Social Work, Mental Health Forum, Jackson, TN.
  • Simmons, L.D. (2014, March). African American male persistence at a predominantly white institution. University of Memphis Division of Student Affairs, Spring Break 2014 Professional Development Challenge. Memphis, TN.
  • Simmons, L.D. (2013, November). On being a successful college student. Undergraduate residents of Rawls Hall at the University of Memphis. Memphis, TN.
  • Walker, P.E., Stitts, R, & Simmons, L.D. (2012, May). Best retention practices for first-generation students. Memphis in May Student Affairs Conference. Memphis, TN. 
  • Simmons, L.D. (2011, September). Cultural awareness for resource parents. Tennessee Foster and Adoptive Care Association Grand West Regional Conference. Memphis, TN.
  • Simmons, L.D. (2010, October). Cultural awareness for resource parents. Tennessee Foster and Adoptive Care Association Shelby Regional Conference. Memphis, TN. 
  • Simmons, L.D. (2008, October). Behavior disorders in childhood. Memphis' Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Memphis, TN.
  • Schneider, G., & Simmons, L.D. (2008, September). Behavior and emotional disorders in childhood. Tennessee Foster and Adoptive Case Association Statewide Conference. Nashville, TN. 
Creative/Artistic Works
  • Simmons, L.D. (2013). Navigating the path toward graduation: A qualitative case study of African American male persistence at a predominantly white institution (Doctoral dissertation). Available from Proquest (3586741): http://search.proquest.com/docview/1522270244

Appendix C - Research/Scholarship/Creative Activities
  • “First-Generation College Student Experiences,” Diversity901, WMUR 91.7, 30 November 2016. Roundtable discussion on first-generation student issues and practices for addressing retention and degree attainment.
  • “African American Male College Student Experiences,” Diversity901, WMUR 91.7, 31 October 2016, https://soundcloud.com/user-945150749/african-american-male-college-experience. Roundtable discussion on African American male college access, retention, graduation, and general experiences.
  • "The Uphill Climb," Diverse Issues in Higher Education, 5 July 2012, http://mydigimag.rrd.com/publication/?i=117394. Discussed the presence of African American and Hispanic faculty in higher education and the implications for student retention outcomes.