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Simpson earns doctorate from Cumberlands


Williamsburg, Ky. – In August 2012 University of the Cumberlands (UC) assistant professor of education Dr. Jennifer Simpson completed her doctorate degree in education (Ed.D.) from UC.

“I feel very blessed to have completed the journey, and now I am thankful to help others working toward their terminal degree,” said Simpson.

To complete her degree, Simpson gave her dissertation on The Effect of Superintendent Tenure on District Achievement in Rural Eastern Kentucky. The research paper focused on the relationship between student achievement in any particular district and how long a superintendent had worked in that district. Her research showed a significant relationship between the length of tenure and district growth.

Simpson received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Religion and Social Work from UC, then her Masters and Rank I from Union College in Special Education. Later she completed post-graduate work at Eastern Kentucky University in literacy as part of the Adolescent Literacy Coaching Project. She was hired at UC as an assistant professor of education in June of this year.

Simpson has been recognized by the Kentucky House of Representatives for her work in literacy in Kentucky. She worked at McCreary Central High School for six years teaching special education and resource classes, and serving as the literacy consultant coach. In 2005 she was named Teacher of the Month at McCreary Central. While an undergraduate at UC, Simpson was a member of the Religion and Psychology honor societies.

In 2013 Simpson will have two articles published in peer reviewed journals: AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice published by Seton Hall; and the English Leadership Quarterly by the National Council for Teachers of English.

“Cumberlands feels like home, and I am glad to be back,” said Simpson of working for her alma mater. “Getting my doctorate has prepared me to begin publishing scholarly work and I hope to continue to grow as an educator and to continue working to improve education in our region.”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.