Dr. Simon has more than sixteen years of experience working in the field of higher education administration. She has professional experience in the areas of pre-college programs, multicultural affairs, student activities, residential life, undergraduate and graduate admissions, and graduate student affairs. Dr. Simon currently serves as the associate dean of Graduate Student Affairs at Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Dr. Simon earned her bachelor’s degree in communications and journalism from Rutgers University. She completed her M.A. degree in student personnel administration, Ed.M. in higher education administration, and Ed.D. in higher and postsecondary education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Simon’s dissertation examined the factors that influence African Americans to pursue and complete doctoral degrees in engineering and applied science disciplines. Dr. Simon was awarded a dissertation fellowship from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and Lumina Foundation. She has presented her research on the persistence of African American doctoral recipients in engineering and applied science at national conferences. Dr. Simon’s research interests include access and diversity in higher education, graduate student socialization experiences, and persistence of underrepresented student populations in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
Dr. Simon presents workshops nationally on topics related to graduate school preparation and established the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Engineering (EDGE), and Engineering Achievers in Graduate Education (EngAGE) annual conferences at Columbia University. Dr. Simon was awarded the Egleston Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her exceptional achievement, leadership, and contributions to the excellence of Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.