Our sixth faculty spotlight highlights Brandon Simpson. Brandon is from Cross Hill, SC, and currently teaches Intro to Psychology, and Psychology and the African American Experience. He is also the Director of Disability Services, which includes organizing accommodations for students that may have difficulty learning. Brandon serves on the USC of Union Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. This committee is devoted to creating a campus environment that will effectively address issues of diversity and inclusion. Brandon was also recognized as a Black History Maker by 107.3 Jamz on February 14th.
- What brought you to UofSC Union?
I saw an opening for a psychology instructor and I thought I would be good for the position, so I applied and met with Dr. Steve Lowe and the rest is history.
- What is favorite part of the job?
Teaching and meeting new students every semester
- What is the most challenging part of your job?
Trying to take the stigma out of seeking help from disability services. I want students to know there is no shame or embarrassment in seeking help from disability services.
- What do you want the public to know about your research? Why is important?
I am currently completing research on Black males in special education and I want public to look beyond the stereotypes about Black men and boys and realize that some students just need extra help to be successful in the class. This is important because I was this student at one time and with the guidance of teachers that cared I found my way to a successful path.
- What are your hobbies/interest?
I enjoy spending time with my fiancé, family, and friends. I also enjoy cooking. In the summer, there is nothing better than a cookout or a fish fry to spend time with family and friends.
- What is the most helpful advice you’ve received?
My dad always said “get an education so you won’t have to work as hard as I have”. My dad grew up in segregation and had to work in the cotton fields and he wasn’t about to receive the education he deserved so he always pushed me and my brothers further our education because he realized the benefits of having an education.
- What authors or books have influenced you the most?
The Autobiography of Malcolm X, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou