Joel Simundich supports students as they identify and apply to nationally competitive awards like the Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell Scholarships, Truman Scholarship, and the Fulbright. Alongside student support, he helps coordinate campus review processes for select awards, conducts student outreach, and co-leads sessions and workshops tailored to specific fellowship opportunities. Additionally, he serves on the Health Careers Advisory Committee in supporting undergraduates applying to medical school and as a First-Year Student Advisor.
Joel is a Brown alum, having received his Ph.D. in English Literature in 2017. While pursuing his doctoral degree, Joel served as President of the Graduate Student Council in 2015-2016 and, after working at the Brown Writing Center for five years, as its Assistant Director in 2015-2016. Prior to his current role in the College, he taught a range of courses in 19th-century British and American literature and culture, disability studies, and first-year writing in the New England area, serving as Visiting Assistant Professor in English at Wheaton College and at the College of the Holy Cross as well as a lecturer at Emerson College and Springfield College. For two years, he also supported students on academic warning and probation at Bay Path University as an Academic Coach, encouraging their academic pursuits by helping them navigate and overcome obstacles to success.