Jim Simmons, Ph.D., is the Senior Director of Academic Computing Programs and teaches CPST 1070 Mathematics or IT, and CPST-3250 Human-Computer Interactions. Dr. Simmons joined the School of Continuing Studies staff in 2005. After completing his Ph.D., he taught Mathematics for Baylor and Loyola Universities before entering the work force in the computing industry. He enjoyed a 20 year career with Litton Data Systems, Entergy, and Science and Engineering Associates before returning to the academic world.
Dr. Simmons earned a BS is Mathematics from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana – Lafayette), and his doctorate in Mathematics from Tulane in 1983. The results from his thesis were published in a paper in the Houston Journal of Mathematics in 1987. In 1994 he won the prestigious Mullin Award from the Computer Measurement Group for his paper Integrating UNIX Measurements Reporting into an Existing Automated Reporting System in a Windows Environment. He served as a referee and on the editorial review board for CMG until 1999. Dr. Simmons is also an ordained deacon in the Catholic Church.