Kathy Simmons

Program Director
College of Management and Human Potential
M.S. Project Management

Dr. Simmons joined Walden in 2003 as a full-time faculty member and served as 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 also served as the program director for the M.S. Project Management, B.S Information Technology, and the B.S. Computer Information Systems. Dr. Simmons is currently an academic coordinator and supervisor for the Doctor of Business Administration program.

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).

Dr. Simmons currently serves as an academic coordinator in the DBA program, serving doctoral committees and supervising DBA faculty.

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

DDBA 8101 - Doctoral Study Mentoring

DDBA 9001 - Doctoral Study Completion


PhD, Walden University

MS, George Washington University

BS, Charter Oak State College

Public Service

Florida Cocker Spaniel Rescue, Volunteer - Brooksville

Sphinx Shriners, Member - Newington

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., 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