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FSU Provost Stephen Simpson Returning to Political Science Faculty

FSU Provost Stephen Simpson Returning to Political Science Faculty
Dr. Stephen Simpson
Dr. Stephen Simpson, who has served as Frostburg State University provost and vice president for Academic Affairs for the past 12 years, will return to the faculty of the Department of Political Science after the end of this academic year.

“Dr. Simpson has done so much at FSU in his tenure as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs that he will be sorely missed, but I know that he truly loves teaching, and his return to the Political Science Department will be something he both values and enjoys,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter.

Simpson has been at FSU for 35 years, beginning in 1978 when he was appointed an instructor in the Department of Political Science. In 1984, he completed his doctoral studies at Princeton University and was tenured at Frostburg in 1985. He served multiple terms as chair of the Department of Political Science and was acting dean of the former School of Natural and Social Sciences from 1991 to 1993. He was appointed interim provost in 2001 and made permanent in the position in early 2002. Simpson served as interim president in the period between the retirement of FSU’s previous president, Dr. Catherine Gira, and when Gibralter took the helm in 2006.

“I am extremely pleased to have been able to move the University forward over these last 12 years, especially to have been able to increase the prominence of interdisciplinary education at the undergraduate level, to introduce new programs and to expand the options for curricular delivery in blended and online classes, ” Simpson said. “However, I have also keenly missed teaching and the close interaction with students that is a hallmark of being a part of the Frostburg faculty. I very much look forward to returning to the classroom full-time.”

”Dr. Simpson has been a highly respected leader in the USM in the areas of facilitating efforts to bridge the achievement gap and in course redesign,” Gibralter said. “Dr. Simpson has been very proud of the fact that, despite dramatic cuts in our general funds budget, he has been able to spare Academic Affairs from most of these cuts. In addition, he not only facilitated the development of our new Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, but he is also co-teaching a doctoral course in educational policy this semester.”

Simpson will return to his role as professor in the Department of Political Science effective with the fall semester of 2013. A search committee for a new provost and vice president for Academic Affairs will be formed, with a search to convene in the fall of 2013.

Dr. William Childs, associate dean of the College of Education, has been appointed to serve as interim provost after Simpson steps down later this year. Childs came to FSU in 2001 after 30 years in public education in Virginia. He has coordinated the Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary/P-12 program and the Master of Education concentration in Administration and Supervision. Childs played an important role in the approval and launching of the Doctor of Education, as well as in preparing successful national accreditation reports (Social Studies Education in 2007 and Administration and Supervision in 2012) and in the ongoing submission to the state of Maryland for a new Education Professions and Health Sciences building.

Simpson will serve in a consultation role for Childs as needed.

For further information on this release, contact:

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