Prof. Shelah Simpson

Assistant Professor of English
ssimpson@liberty.edu
Demoss Hall 2165
(434) 582-2436

Biography

Having grown up as the daughter of a librarian, Ms. Simpson fell in love with reading and literary language at an early age.  She graduated from Liberty University in 1995 with an undergraduate degree in English and a desire to participate in foreign missions in some way.  She graduated from Liberty again in 1997 with a Master of Arts in Religion and Missions.  She worked for World Help, a missions organization in nearby Forest, VA, from 1997 to 2000 while also teaching English for Liberty's External Degree Program.  In August of 2000, she became the administrative assistant to the Executive Director of Liberty University Online.  Ms. Simpson then began teaching residential English 100 courses as adjunct faculty in August of 2001 and became full-time faculty in August of 2002.  She graduated from Longwood University in 2004 with a Master of Arts in English Literature and is now in the dissertation stage of earning her Ph.D. in Composition and TESL from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  In addition to teaching English writing courses online and on campus, she directs Liberty's Online Writing Center and is an Assessment Coordinator for the Department of English and Modern Languages.

Education

Ph.D., Composition & TESOL, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (in progress)
M.A., English Literature, Longwood University
M.A., Theology & Missions, Liberty University
B.S., English Education, Liberty University

Courses Taught

English 350, Advanced Expository Writing
English 102, Composition and Literature
English 101, Grammar and Composition
English 100, Basic Composition

Research Interests

Writing Center theory
Online tutoring
Second language writers
Using technology in the composition classroom
Teaching Writing

Selected Liberty, Conference, & Guest Speaker Presentations

"Using SafeAssign Effectively" (Aug. 2014)
"Grading Multilingual Writers' Assignments" (Aug. 2014)
"Writing Assistance Options for Liberty Online Students" (Aug. 2013)
"Getting to Know the Center for Writing and Languages" (Aug. 2012, 2013, 2014)
"Knowing Your Audience: A Strategy for Shifting Sands" (Oct. 2012)
"Using YouTube in the Composition Classroom" (May 2011)
"Our We There Yet? Why and How to Improve Your Writing Skills" (Fall 2010)
"Working with the Struggling Graduate Student" (Fall 2010)
"The Online Writing Center Services" presented and recorded (Oct. 2009)
"Responding to Plagiarism" presented and recorded (Nov. 2009)
"The First Day of Class: Setting the Tone" (Fall 2007-Fall 2008)
"Teaching the Basic Writer" (Spring 2008)
"Preparing Your Students for College-Level Writing" (Fall 2005)

Institutional Service

QEP Steering Committee Member/Subcommittee Chair (Fall 2013-Spring 2014)
Creator/Director of Online Writing Center (Fall 2007-Present)
GRST 500 Online Adjunct Supervisor (Fall 2008-Present)
Assessment Coordinator & Chair of Assessment Committee (Fall 2009-Present)
Member, Senate Athletic Committee (Fall 2006-Spring 2009, Fall 2013-Present)
Recorded Lessons & Interviews for online English 101, 216, 607, & 637 (2011-2012)
Genesis: Student-Athlete Mentorship program (Fall 2008-Spring 2009)
English 100 Consultant, Freshman Writing Committee (Fall 2009)
Assistant to the Chair of the English Department (2006-2007)
Chair, Freshman Writing Committee (2005-2006)
Adjunct Faculty Mentor for English 100 (2003-2009)
Course Manager, Online English 100 (2002-2008)
Developer, Online Course ENGL 100 (2006-2008)
Member, SACS Committee (2004)
Speaker, Sigma Tau Delta Induction Ceremony (2003, 2005)

Community/Christian Service

Volunteer Consultant, Advancing Native Missions (2007-Present)
Member, Calvary Chapel, Lynchburg (Summer 2003-Present)
Volunteer, Medical Care Center, Lynchburg (Fall 2004)
Assist. Dir., Lynchburg City Schools Summer Theatre Enrichment Program (2003, 2004)
Speaker, Timberlake Christian School Faculty Orientation (Aug. 2005)
Stage Manager, Thomas Road Baptist Church Living Christmas Tree (Dec. 2000, 2001)