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Dr. Richard L. Simms

Professor Emeritus of Teacher Education and Administration
University of North Texas
Denton, TX 76203-1337
(940)  387-7443



Biographical Sketch

Dr. Simms retired from the University of North Texas in December, 2005, but remains very involved in and committed to a strong, universally-available, public education system as the very foundation of our American democracy.  He is an experienced public school teacher and administrator. As a faculty member at UNT since 1970, he served as a professor, administrator, and a grant project director. He earned his doctorate at the University of Missouri at Columbia. Dr. Simms taught courses at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels in secondary education, curriculum and instruction, and educational administration.

In retirement, Dr. Simms has taught in UNT's Emeritus College. He is a founding board member of the University of North Texas Retiree Association.

An avid outdoors enthusiast, Dr. Simms enjoys skiing, hiking, canoeing, and other related activities.  After a long, rewarding career at UNT, he is now spending more time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.  He can be reached at the phone number and email address shown above.

Areas of Expertise

  • Secondary Education

  • Curriculum and Instruction 

  • School Administration and Supervision

  • Strategic Planning

  • Successful Implementation of Education Innovations

  • Urban Schools

  • Teaching Critical Thinking Skills

  • Planning for Teaching

  • Classroom Management and Discipline

  • Active Learning Strategies


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