Kenan Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing
Author of nine books, primarily creative non-fiction about eastern North Carolina (including The Great Dismal, Into the Sound Country, The Inner Islands, The Coasts of Carolina, and Little Rivers & Waterway Tales, Simpson is also a member of the Tony-award-winning ensemble The Red Clay Ramblers, highly experienced in musicals in both New York and regional theatre.
Bowman & Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professorship, 2006-2011
Chapman Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2006
Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2004
Chapman Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1998