Dr. Laurie L. Simpson

Dr. Laurie L. Simpson

Title: Adjunct Professor, Director of Officer of Academic Advising
Company: Westfield State University
Location: West Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

Dr. Laurie L. Simpson, Adjunct Professor and Director of Officer of Academic Advising at Westfield State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in criminal justice education.

Matriculating at Westfield State University in Massachusetts, Dr. Simpson earned a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice, a Master of Science in criminal justice and a Master of Arts in psychology between 1990 and 2006. Desiring to offer her expertise in a classroom setting, she sought her final degree to lead her to the next step. In 2014, she achieved a Doctor of Education in educational leadership from Liberty University. Dedicating the entirety of her career to her alma mater, Dr. Simpson has worked at Westfield State University for more than 27 years.

In 1993, Dr. Simpson became the director of the Office of Academic Advising, and through the years took on additional roles within her institution. In this respect, she has offered her vast knowledge as an adjunct professor of psychology since 2002, teaching courses in intro, child, adolescent, psychology of law and psychology of love. In 2017, she began teaching as an adjunct professor of criminal justice.  Dr. Simpson served as the director of advising until 2015. Outside of her primary feats, she serves as president of the West Springfield Alumni Association.

Reflecting on her career trajectory, Dr. Simpson is honored to have accepted the Virginia La Dac Award. Additionally, she cites her most notable achievement was helping a pregnant student graduate, as the student originally thought she would have to drop out of school. Some years later, the student’s child wrote her a note of thanks for helping his mother. Dr. Simpson attributes her success to her love and passion for her line of work. Her fuse of criminal justice and education has deeply fulfilled her and she hopes to remain involved in the field as she settles into her retirement.

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