Dr. Jessica Simmons is the assistant dean of students in the College of Nursing, where she oversees all aspects of student affairs including recruitment, admissions, advising, enrollment and student organizations. She has worked at UCF for more than 14 years in admissions and advising capacities, most recently serving as assistant director for undergraduate student services at the college. She is a two time UCF alumna, having earned a Master of Arts and Doctor of Education degrees in Educational Leadership.

She has been an active member of NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising since 2007, presenting at state, regional and national conferences.

In 2018, she received the Outstanding Advising Award in the Academic Advising—Primary Role category from NACADA.

This international award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding advising of students and who are leaders in the field. Honorees exemplify the NACADA Core Values of professional practice, including proactively creating advising interactions with students, utilizing campus networks and setting the highest standards for their advising practice.

In 2010, she was honored with the NACADA Outstanding New Advisor Award.