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

My work examines student experiences in higher education. At the core, I examine academic persistence among underrepresented students in social work education. I use strengths-based frameworks and qualitative methodologies to explore how students negotiate their academic trajectories toward degree attainment and socialization as social work professionals. Secondary interests include exploring how graduate and non-traditional students evolve from concrete to deep learning experiences, and how they transfer these learning experiences to professional settings.



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

Work Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Social Work - University of Memphis -  
  • Lecturer, Social Work - University of Memphis -  
  • Professional Development Specialist, Social Work - University of Memphis -  
  • Project Director/Therapist, School-Based Programs - 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; $500 - 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
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 - April 2017
  • University of Memphis - School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy - Planning Coordination Committee - November 2015 - April 2017
  • University of Memphis - Department of Social Work - DCS Title IV-E Stipend/Tuition Assistance Coordinator - August 2015 - May 2017
  • University of Memphis - Leadership Programs - Faculty Advisor - Campus United Student Action Council - January 2015 - May 2017
  • 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., Anderson, K., Taylor, L., & Neely-Barnes, S. (2017). Comparative experiences of first and continuing-generation social work students. Journal of Social Work Education.

  • Simmons, L.D. (2017). Beyond matriculation: Examining factors that contribute to African American male persistence at a predominantly White Institution. The Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice. June 14, 2017, doi: 10.1177/1521025117714163
  • 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. (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.
  • Mangum-Johnson, B., Bhattacharya, G., & Simmons, L.D. (in progress). Navigating the confines of the IEP process: The perception of caregivers and parents.
  • Watson, J., Washington, G., Simmons, L.D., & Akinyemi, H. (in progress). Men healing men and communities network: A case study.
  • Simmons, L.D. (in progress). Factors influencing the academic achievement of baccalaureate social work students.
Presentations
  • Simmons, L.D., Anderson, K., Neely-Barnes, S., & Taylor, L.C. (2017, April). Comparative experiences of first and continuing generation social work students. Paper presented to the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, University of Memphis. Memphis, TN.
  • Simmons, L.D. (2017, January). Sustaining trajectories: Exploring factors that contribute to academic persistence and success among undergraduate Black male social work students. Conference for Academic Research in Education, Las Vegas, NV (abstract for poster accepted, unable to attend).
  • 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, November). Advanced placement curricula in fostering African American male persistence in higher education. International Conference on Urban Education, San Juan, Puerto Rico (abstract for paper accepted, unable to attend).
  • 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 B - Student Advising/Mentoring
  • Member, Dissertation Committee, Ed.D., Higher and Adult Education, University of Memphis. Cage, S. (in progress). Education on the inside: Inmates’ perceptions of correctional education programs.
  • Member, Dissertation Committee, Ed.D., Higher and Adult Education, University of Memphis. Shaw, A.C. (in progress). Predicting alumni giving of master’s level online and onsite graduates.
  • Member, Dissertation Committee, Ed.D., Higher and Adult Education, University of Memphis. Love, J. (in progress). A journey through leadership development programs: A qualitative case study.
  • Member, Dissertation Committee, Ed.D., Higher and Adult Education, University of Memphis. Spencer, L.J. (in progress). Exploring persistence factors of Latino graduates of a two-year private, career college.
  • Member, Dissertation Committee, Ed.D., Higher and Adult Education, University of Memphis. Bailey, E.A. (in progress). Play the game, don’t let it play you: A case study of African American male student-athletes’ experiences at a division II historically black college.
  • Member, Dissertation Committee, Ed.D., Higher and Adult Education, University of Memphis. McCormick, M. (2017, Summer). Working class students’ social capital and financial aid awards: A study of these factors’ effects on retention for students at a large public community college.
  • Member, Dissertation Committee, Ed.D., Higher and Adult Education, University of Memphis. Jordan, A.Z. (2017, Summer). A phenomenological study on the experiences of secondary education counselors.
  • Chair/Faculty Mentor, Honors Thesis, BA, Social Work, University of Memphis. Murray, J.N. (2016, Fall). Health care disparities among transgender individuals.
  • Member, Dissertation Committee, Ed.D., Higher and Adult Education, University of Memphis. Cunningham, N.J. (2016, Fall). An examination of factors influencing postsecondary career and technical educational engagement of African American males.
  • Member, Dissertation Committee, Ed.D., Higher and Adult Education, University of Memphis. Alston, C. (2016, Summer). Evaluating leadership frames, employee engagement and retention: A study of administrators in higher education.
  • Member, Dissertation Committee, Ed.D., Higher and Adult Education, University of Memphis. Parker, J.J. (2015, Fall). Understanding the impact of multicultural education using experiential learning techniques to foster cultural competency of medical school students: A qualitative case study at a medical school.
Appendix C - Research/Scholarship/Creative Activities
  • "Crisis in Black Education,” Memphis My Brother’s Keeper Chapter, 16 February 2017. Roundtable discussion with University of Memphis students on the crisis of education among Black males.

  • “First-Generation College Student Experiences,” Diversity901, WMUR 91.7, 20 December 2016, https://soundcloud.com/user-945150749/first-generation-college-student-experience. 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.