Robert Simon

Academic Professional
Director of Collaborative Innovation
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Dr. Robert Simon serves as an Academic Professional and Director of Collaborative Innovation or the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE). In this unique hybrid role, he administers certain aspects of academic operations and program development while also contributing to the undergraduate Global Engineering Leadership Minor and supporting other courses involving engineering leadership, innovation, and organizational effectiveness. Dr. Simon earned his Ph.D. in 2018 from Clemson University, where he studied the experiences of university faculty adopting new administrative technologies. He originally joined the School in July 2012 as Graduate Programs Manager, where he was responsible for administration of student and academic services for the School’s graduate programs. Dr. Simon has 20 years of experience in higher education, including administrative positions at three major research universities. He has worked in training and development of academic staff, curriculum and assessment, student and faculty services, enterprise implementation, and policy. His primary scholarly interests include team innovation, leadership, critical study of organizational behavior, and technological innovation within organizations. 


Team performance, innovation and entrepreneurship, legitimacy in academia, organizational innovation, organizational leadership