Dr. Simerson's research interests focus on the management of those in creative functions; application of the "Big 5" model of personality to understanding work-related attitudes; procedural justice and organizational ethics; and spirituality in the workplace.
Dr. Simerson's consulting interests lie primarily in the domain of organizational development—one engagement involved working with the engineering staff of a manufacturing organization in order to resolve internal disputes and develop a stronger working relationship with management and with the shop floor. Other engagements have focused on market research, departmental mergers, and on the validity and fairness of selection/promotion systems.
Dr. Simerson has taught the following courses at UNH:
- Organizational Behavior
- Organizational Development and Change
- Industrial Motivation and Morale
- Industrial Psychology
- Seminar in Human Resources
- Seminars in Advanced Statistics, Consumer Behavior, Group Dynamics
- Thesis/Dissertation advisement
In 1998, Dr. Simerson was appointed to the position of University Accreditation Officer, and was responsible for maintaining the University's accreditation status, and that of its programs, with the State of Connecticut and with various regional and professional accreditation agencies. In 2001, Dr. Simerson assumed the position of Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2006, he was appointed to the position of Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies, Assessment, and Accreditation. His former teaching and research most emphasized gaining a useful understanding of the personalities, habits, and created contexts that allow people to be productive and happy at work. His present administrative role focuses on putting that to work—contributing to the organizational management that enables faculty to do what they do and be good at it.
On the personal side, Dr. Simerson is a champion amateur pool player, former UNH racquetball champion, a golfer, a home brewer, handyman, and hiker. Some of his spare time lately has been consumed researching his Scottish, Irish, and German genealogical heritage.