Dr. Pat Simpson
Dr. Pat Simpson has been named dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at Black Hills State University.

Simpson, who has been serving as interim dean for the last year, has a comprehensive background in higher education administration and has excelled in her leadership role at BHSU.

“Dr. Simpson has provided outstanding leadership to the College over this past year. She has vision, exceptional people skills, and gets things done in an efficient and timely manner. We are very fortunate to have her at BHSU,” says Dr. Rod Custer, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at BHSU.

Simpson came to BHSU in 2005 to direct the paraeducator grant program. Since then she has also coordinated the educational graduate program and served as assessment coordinator for the education program. She served on the four-member team that wrote the report for National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accreditation and was part of the University Assessment Committee and Graduate Council. She is actively involved in numerous South Dakota committees and task forces in education.

Simpson has a strong history of successful higher educational leadership. Prior to joining the faculty at BHSU she served as a professor, department chair, and director of Education Assessment at Abilene Christian University.  Prior to that, she was vice president for Academic Affairs, professor of education, and chair of the Education Department at York College where she was instrumental in writing and securing the first accreditation for that college’s teacher preparation program and served as a peer reviewer for other teacher preparation programs.

She also has experience as a curriculum coordinator and teacher in public schools in Texas and Nebraska as well as serving as an instructor and graduate assistant at Texas Tech University.  Simpson has published articles on the Professional Development School (PDS) model.

Simpson has a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from Texas Tech University and also did post-doctoral study in middle level education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has a master’s degree in reading from Texas Tech University and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.