Faculty and Staff Biography
Dr. Kimberly Simmons is a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) who obtained her Pharm.D. and MBA in 2008 from Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and E.W Stetson School of Business and Economics in Atlanta, Ga., respectively. Following graduate studies, she completed a one year post-graduate residency with a focus on drug information in academia and industry, after which she practiced within the pharmaceutical and medical device industries as a medical information associate with Solvay Pharmaceuticals and as a pharmacy relations manager with SIGVARIS, respectively. As a native of Atlanta, Kimberly served on the advisory boards for many non-profit organizations, such as the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA) and Spelman College Health Careers Program and Morehouse College Pre-Pharmacy Society. In 2009, Dr. Simmons undertook the role of public relations director for the National Pharmaceutical Association's Atlanta Chapter, where she was instrumental in promoting the collective interests of minorities seeking employment in health-related careers and admissions into healthcare programs.
Dr. Simmons became the assistant vice president for diversity and inclusion and an assistant professor in pharmacy practice in 2012. As the chief dversity oficer for the College, Dr. Simmons is responsible for advising the president and deans regarding recruitment and retention of minority faculty and staff, student recruitment and admissions, community engagement, mentoring and advising, enhancing relationships with minority alumni and cultural awareness programs for the STLCOP campus community.
My research interests include cultural influences, differences, and identity, international education, cultural competency, health disparities, and academic support of diverse student populations.