Simpson University welcomes new Outdoor Leadership professor

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. – In response to the rapid growth of its 3-year-old Outdoor Leadership program, Simpson University has hired a Colorado whitewater rafting program director to join its full-time teaching staff.

Amy Smallwood will start as assistant professor of Outdoor Leadership in the fall. Prior to her work as program director for Noah’s Ark Whitewater Rafting Co. & Adventure Program in Buena Vista, Colo., she taught in the Outdoor Leadership department at North Greenville University in South Carolina.

Smallwood has a bachelor’s degree from Taylor University in Indiana and a master’s degree in educational ministries, with an emphasis in adventure education, from Wheaton College in Illinois.

Smallwood was attracted to Simpson University because of its Christian emphasis and its stunning location. “I’m excited to integrate Scripture into the classes,” she said. “I hope to instill a passion and a vision of how wilderness experiences can serve as a catalyst for ministry.”

Taking advantage of the north state’s recreational offerings, Simpson University launched its Outdoor Leadership major in fall 2007. An Outdoor Leadership degree is ideal for students interested in careers with state and national parks and in fields such as camp administration and adventure and community recreation programs.

Simpson University will graduate seven Outdoor Leadership students in May. Thirty-two students are in the program; one has already graduated.

“The growth has been very rapid,” said Paul Stonehouse, assistant professor of Outdoor Leadership. “It’s been quicker than our actual projections.”

Smallwood doesn’t mind leaving scenic Colorado for her new adventure. “I’ve visited Redding before so I know how beautiful it is,” she said.

Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. Simpson’s academic programs includes ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. Simpson’s recent curriculum expansion includes degrees in biology, nursing, outdoor leadership, and a master’s degree in counseling psychology. For more information about the university, or to arrange a personalized visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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