Dr. Simmons teaches UHON 2850 – Innovation Lab I and UHON 2860 – Innovation Lab II. In the Department of Communication, She teaches courses in mass media history and  mass communication law and ethics. She has also taught Introduction to Mass Communication, print & Web design courses, and Mass Communication Perspectives.

Dr. Simmons received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also has a Master of Arts in Communication, Culture, and Technology from Georgetown University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Virginia Tech.

Before getting her doctorate, Dr. Simmons served as a Senior Research Associate at the now-defunct Center for Media Education, a non-profit that studied children and new media. While at CME, Dr. Simmons worked on a number of projects related to children’s online privacy, children’s television, teens and the Web, and alcohol and tobacco marketing online.

Dr. Simmons’s research interests include media history, new technology, media ownership, and media law.