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Academic Dean

Welcome to Simpson College!
As the Senior Vice President and Academic Dean at Simpson College, I am proud of the high quality of our academic program, our excellent faculty, and our beautiful facilities. We are an active and vibrant community of learners, with campuses in Indianola and West Des Moines, Iowa. This website is here to help faculty and visitors better understand the services and resources we provide faculty.

If you don’t find the information you are seeking on this website, please contact me directly.
John Woell
John W. Woell, Ph.D.
Sr. Vice President & Academic Dean
Office of Academic Affairs
Hillman 24A
Phone: (515) 961-1720
Email: john.woell@simpson.edu

Executive Assistant:
Chelsea Grenier

Phone: (515) 961-1720
Email: chelsea.grenier@simpson.edu

Office of Academic Affairs
Mission & Vision

The Office of Academic Affairs provides leadership and service to maintain and strengthen Simpson College’s high quality academic community. We promote the growth of our diverse and excellent students and faculty through the development and administration of programs, policies and procedures that contribute to the achievement of the college’s mission to provide outstanding undergraduate and graduate education for students of all ages.

The Office of Academic Affairs strives to be a leader in strengthening and improving teaching and learning by promoting research, scholarship and other creative endeavors among faculty and by finding new and more effective ways to educate and serve our students. We seek to be an exemplar for similar offices at other comprehensive liberal arts colleges and to be recognized among such institutions as a leader in preserving, protecting and promoting the liberal arts approach to learning.


A Statement of the Faculty Regarding
Diversity and Inclusion at Simpson College

November 13, 2013

We the faculty of Simpson College believe that as an essential component of its mission and history, Simpson College is committed to creating and maintaining a creative, diverse, just and inclusive community in which all develop their abilities to live and thrive in a complex and interconnected world.

Consistent with our educational mission, we recognize ourselves as a community that respects individual identities linked to varying sociocultural characteristics including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, first language, religious or spiritual tradition, age, functional ability, socioeconomic status, physical attributes or familial status.

Further, we recognize that diversity of identities exists in a context of differential power and privilege that we as a community must critically evaluate and engage.

At Simpson College we strive to create a socially just world that honors the dignity and worth of each individual, and we seek to build a community centered on equality, mutual respect and openness to ideas—one in which individuals value cultural and intellectual diversity and share the responsibility for creating an affirming, safe, and inclusive environment.

We recognize that our community is most inclusive when all participate to their full capacity in the spirited, and sometimes challenging, conversations that are at the center of the College’s educational mission to develop personal integrity, moral responsibility, social justice and global citizenship.

Affirmed by the Board of Trustees October 9, 2015