Loyola University Maryland

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Robert W. Simmons III, EdD

SimmonsA native of Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Robert W. Simmons III is Associate Professor of Urban Education in the School of Education at Loyola University Maryland, a member of the nationally recognized social justice collaborative Edchange, and a columnist for The Village Celebration. As a former middle school science teacher in the Detroit Public Schools, Robert was nominated twice as the Walt Disney National Teacher of the Year and once for the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Foundation Outstanding Educator Award. Robert has been a fellow with the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation and participated in the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund.

The author of numerous articles and book chapters, Robert is the co-editor of Learning To Talk About Race: Alleviating the Fear (Stylus Publishing). As a consultant to numerous urban schools and school districts, Dr. Simmons has delivered numerous lectures and professional development workshops throughout the United States and Europe. Aside from lectures on his research and commentary on race and education (K-12 and higher education), Robert is a renowned motivational speaker who openly shares his life experiences in Detroit during the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, the mental incarceration he experienced for much of his life due to the physical incarceration of his father, and the significant challenges he faced leaving his childhood home in a neighborhood where drugs and drug dealers were the norm to being one of the few African American students at an elite Jesuit high school.

Dr.Simmons can be reached by email at rwsimmons@loyola.edu or in his office at 410-617-5776. You can also follow Dr. Simmons on Twitter at @Robert_Simmons3.