Robin L. Simmons

Grammar Bytes! Grammar Instruction with Attitude

Creator, November 1997 - present

  • Serve a worldwide audience ranging from elementary students to college freshman to life-long learners (8.4 million users in 2015)
  • At Google, maintain first-place search result status for terms like complete sentence, direct object, linking verb, noncount noun, prepositional phrase, pronoun agreement, subject complement, etc.
  • Built web pages, handouts, presentations, and videos with HTML5, CSS, Microsoft Expression Web, Word, PowerPoint, Hot Potatoes, Audacity, Photoshop, iMovie, and Windows Movie Maker
  • Acknowledged as one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers by Writer's Digest (2011 and 2013)
  • Market with social media including Twitter and YouTube
  • Offer these materials free of charge so that students have one place with quality content and no distracting advertising
  • Operated a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) long before the term was coined

Valencia College, Orlando FL

Professor of English and Humanities, August 1988 - present

  • Teach and assess students in Freshman Composition I and II (classroom, online, hybrid, and LinC), Developmental Writing I and II, Developmental Reading I, Composition for Non-native Speakers, Intro to Humanities, Greek and Roman Humanities, and Mythology
  • Maintain blogs for each class where students can find homework, handouts, PowerPoint presentations, and links to reading/viewing assignments
  • To reduce student expense and our carbon footprint, made classroom sections bookless and located all quizzes/exams at Blackboard, Valencia College's learning management system
  • Mentor tenure-track faculty through their Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs) and portfolios
  • Assess the teaching of adjunct faculty during both classroom and online observations
  • Serve on committees to hire faculty, librarians, and senior administrators
  • Evaluated online courses with Quality Matters standards
  • Designed and maintained the website for the West Campus Communications Division (1996 - 2009)
  • Designed and maintained the website for The Valencia Forum for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
  • Edited 5 editions of These Essays Don't Stink!, an in-house collection of student samples for developmental writing students
  • Hired and supervised the staff for the collegewide Reader-Grader Program (1992 - 1994)
  • Received the 2012 John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award from the League for Innovation in the Community College
  • Awarded a sabbatical for Spring 2016
  • Contributed items, passages, essays, and writing assignments to several college textbooks

Director of the Writing Center, August 1989 - April 1999

  • Founded the first Valencia College writing center and established its operating policies
  • Served thousands of cross-discipline students with all types of writing: essays, research papers, scholarship applications, resumes, etc.
  • Marketed center services in person, in print, and online
  • Hired, trained, supervised, and, when necessary, fired staff of 10
  • Developed the contract system for students who failed department-graded exams in composition, developmental writing, and English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
  • Coordinated and hosted the biannual, all-evening Cram for the CLAST (College Level Academic Skills Test) for AA students mandated to take this exit exam
  • Operated within budget

Instructional Assistant, English Lab, September 1985 - August 1988

  • Helped students prepare for essays and grammar tests during their mandatory time in the English Lab
  • Taught 1 - 3 developmental writing/composition courses per semester as an adjunct

Florida Department of Education, Gainesville, FL

Writer/Validator, August 1999 - April 2003

  • Trained to create accessible, consistent multiple-choice items that address learning outcomes
  • Wrote items and passages for both the writing and reading sections of the Florida College Basic Skills Exit Test
  • Validated items and passages for the writing section


Rollins College, Winter Park, FL

Bachelor of Arts, 1985
Algernon Sidney Sullivan Scholar

Master of Liberal Studies, 1994
Thesis: Sailing Past the Siren Song of Censorship: An Evaluation of Plato's Complaints Against Homer