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Dick Weldon Simpson, Ph.D., Honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Political Science Education

Dr. Simpson has taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago since 1967

His most recent work is "Winning Elections in the 21st Century," co-authored with Betty O'Shaughnessy and published in 2016

    CHICAGO, IL, December 01, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Dick Weldon Simpson has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Dr. Simpson has been a prominent member of the faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago since 1967. He initially joined the school as an instructor, teaching in the area of political science. After advancing to the roles of assistant professor and associate professor of political science, Dr. Simpson has served as a full professor since 1996. He was also the head of the school's Department of Political Science from 2006 to 2012. Prior to beginning his tenure at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Simpson was a foreign area fellow for the Ford Foundation in Africa.

In addition to his roles in academia, Dr. Simpson is a past executive director of the Institute of Church and Urban-Industrial Society and was an elected Alderman on the Chicago City Council from 1971-1979, leading the opposition bloc to Mayors Richard J. Daley and Michael Bilandic. He was also a candidate for Congress in 1992 and 1994. He is also widely published in the areas of urban politics, elections, state and local politics, neighborhood empowerment, and public corruption. His most recent work is "Winning Elections in the 21st Century," co-authored with Betty O'Shaughnessy and published in 2016. Further, he has two books slated for publication in 2017: "To Change the World" and "Teaching Civic Engagement across the Disciplines." Dr. Simpson's previous publications include "African Democracy and Development," published in 2012, "Struggle for Power in Cities and States," published in 2009, and "Inside Urban Politics," published in 2004. Moreover, he has served as producer and political adviser to eight documentary films, including 2006's "Teaching Politics."

Over the course of his career, Dr. Simpson has also remained active with a number of professional organizations such as the American Political Science Association, the Midwest Political Science Association, and the Society of Midland Authors. He is a past president of the Illinois Political Science Association. Dr. Simpson has parlayed his expertise to a number of civic organizations and causes over the years as well. His experience in public service in government has translated well to his work on the page and in the classroom.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas in 1963, Dr. Simpson continued his education at Indiana University Bloomington. There, he received a Master of Arts in 1964 and a Ph.D. in 1968. Later in his career, Dr. Simpson obtained a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary in 1984.

Dr. Simpson has received several awards and formal honors for his professional efforts and endeavors, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who's Who for excellence in political science education, and an Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Political Science Association in 2002. He also received Excellence in Teaching Awards from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1971, 1997, 2002 and 2004. His accomplishments were taken into consideration when he was chosen to be featured in the 55th through 70th editions of Who's Who in America, the 6th edition of Who's Who in American Education, the 26th edition of Who's Who in American Politics, the 23rd edition of Who's Who in the Midwest, and the 27th edition of Who's Who in the World.

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