PhD, Mass Communication (2005) - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Dissertation: "Audience Interactivity: Lessons From Radio Programming, Technology, and Listeners, 1920-1941"
MA, Communication, Culture, & Technology (1999) - Georgetown University - Thesis: "The Making of the People's Princess: Princess Diana As Hyper-Celebrity"
BA, Communication Studies / BA, History (1997) - Virginia Tech
UC Foundation Associate Professor (2011 - present) - University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Department of Communication
UC Foundation Assistant Professor (2007 - 2011) - University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Department of Communication
Assistant Professor (2005 - 2007) - University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Department of Communication
Instructor (2003 - 2004) - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Simmons, Charlene (2016), "A Marriage of Friends or Foes: Radio, Newspapers, and the Facsimile in the 1930s," Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media 60.3, 1-15.
Simmons, Charlene (2012), "Will You Be on Our Board of Directors, We Need Help: Media Corporations, Environmental Change, and Resource Dependency Theory," Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly 89.1, 55-72.
Simmons, Charlene (2011), “Converging Competitors?: Board Interlocks in the Changing Media Landscape,” Journal of Media Economics 24.4, 201-213.
Simmons, Charlene (2010), “Weaving a Web within the Web: Corporate Consolidation of the Web, 1999-2008,” The Communication Review 13.2, 105-119.
Simmons, Charlene (2009), “Dear Radio Broadcaster: Fan Mail as a Form of Perceived Interactivity,” Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media 53.3, 444-459.
Simmons, Charlene (2007), "Protecting Children While Silencing Them: The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and Children's Free Speech Rights," Communication Law and Policy 12.2, 119-142.
Outstanding Full-time Teaching, College of Arts and Sciences (2013). University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
ThinkAchieve Faculty Award (2013). University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. (The award recognizes UTC faculty for their hard work and dedication in developing and implementing innovative classroom and experiential activities that promote active learning.)
Great Ideas For Teachers (GIFT) Finalist (2013). Oh No, Quinn’s in Trouble Again: Using Team-Based Learning and a Fictional Character to Teach Media Law, The Annual AEJMC Conference. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication: Washington, DC.
Great Ideas For Teachers (GIFT) Finalist (2010). Tweeting to Learn: Encouraging spaced learning through social networks, The Annual AEJMC Conference. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication: Denver CO.
3rd Place Faculty Paper, Communication Technology Division (2007). The Interconnected Web: Media Consolidation, Corporate Ownership, and the World Wide Web, AEJMC Convention. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication: Washington, DC.
Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) board member (2017 - present)
UT System Compensation Advistory Board (2016-present)
UTC Curriculum Committee (2017-2018 - chair, 2016-2017 – chair, 2012-2013 – chair, 2011-2012, 2010-2011)
Head Marshall for UTC Commencement (Spring 2016 - current)
UTC Faculty Senate Secretary, Faculty Senate Executive Committee (2015-2016, 2014-2015, 2013-2014)
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Media Management, Economics & Entrepreneuship Division Head (2014-2015), Immediate Past Head & Named Awards Chair (2015-2016), Vice Head & Program Planner (2013-2014)