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Kathy Simmons

Program Director

College of Management and Technology

School of Management

Degree Program M.S. Project Management

Dr. Simmons joined Walden in 2003 as a full time faculty member and has served in the position of program director for the B.S. Business Administration and the B.S. Business Administration Dual Degree program with partner universities in Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama. She is currently the program director for the M.S. Project Management, B.S Information Technology, and the B.S. Computer Information Systems.
Prior to joining Walden Dr. Simmons had over 20 years experience as a project manager in information technology including positions with IBM as an executive consultant and the Vanguard Group as a systems integration manager. Dr. Simmons is a member of the Project Management Institute and a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Courses Taught

MSPM 6100 - Foundations for Graduate Study in Project Management

MSPM 6102 - Practices in Project Management

MSPM 6140 - Enterprise and Project Risk Management

MSPM 6160 - Stakeholder Management and Organizational Behavior

MSPM 6180 - Business Process Systems and Management


PhD, Walden University - Minneapolis, MN United States

MS, George Washington University - Washington, DC United States

BS, Charter Oak State College - Newington, CT United States

Public Service

Florida Cocker Spaniel Rescue, Volunteer - Brooksville, FL United States

Sphynx Shriners, Member - Newington, CT United States

Awards / Honors

Laureate Education Award for Employee Excellence, Laureate, 2005

The Vanguard Group Employee Award for Excellence, The Vanguard Group, 1992


Yob, I. M., Danver, S., Schulz, W. C., Simmons, K. O., Kiltz, L. A., Wesson, S. E., Penland, D. R., Kristensen, S., Brashen, H., Gatlin, L., Sidler Krysiak, R. (2015). Curriculum Alignment with a Mission of Social Change in Higher Education. Innovative Higher Education.


Simmons, K. O., Umezurike, A. I. (2016). Culturally Responsive Teaching. Walden University.

Simmons, K. O. (2013). International Women in Leadership: Changing the Landscape to Drive Business. Laureate International Universities.

Espinosa, C., Simmons, K., Lynch, S., Campbell, D. (2011). The Strengths, Weaknesses and Opportunities of Online Management Higher Education. IBAM Institute for Behavioral and Applied Management.

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