Ashley Simpson

Dual Credit Specialist

Office: Springfield Campus Suite ITC 222H
Phone: 417-447-8198

Ashley has worked in higher education for almost nine years. She was originally hired at OTC in 2015 as a writing tutor and continued her employment throughout her academic career in various roles.

Ashley’s background is predominantly in historical research and analysis focused on Civil War medicine, but more specifically, wartime medical bureaus and sanitation policy. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Drury University with a minor in political science and criminology and a master’s degree in U.S. and world history from Missouri State University. As a student from 2014-2020, She worked in various capacities for local historical sites such as Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, Grey-Campbell Farmstead, Christian County Museum, and Smallin Cave. As Ashley’s academic career progressed, she received several research grants including two Greene County Historical Society research fellowship awards that allowed her to conduct research in archives across the country. She was accepted into the Ph.D. in history program at the University of Missouri at Columbia and began teaching college-level classes independently in 2020. Currently, she teaches history courses for MSU, Drury, and OTC.

Ashely has a passion for archival research and sharing her findings with local historical societies through presentations and publications, as well as with her students. Beyond teaching, Ashley says it has been an honor to assist students in reaching their academic goals through the years in various positions within OTC.