THIS HANDBOOK IS NOT A CONTRACT NOR IT IS INTENDED TO BE A CONTRACT. SIMPSON COLLEGE ADHERES TO THE EMPLOYMENT AT WILL DOCTRINE. THIS MEANS BOTH SIMPSON COLLEGE AND AN EMPLOYEE CAN TERMINATE THE EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP AT ANY TIME, WITH OR WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE, FOR ANY REASON (NOT OTHERWISE UNLAWFUL) OR FOR NO REASON ABSENT A WRITTEN AGREEMENT TO THE CONTRARY. Nothing in this Handbook, or in any other employment policies of Simpson College is intended to create any promise or representation of continued employment or other terms or conditions of employment.
Should there be a conflict between any of the terms of this Handbook and any state or federal law, the applicable state or federal law will supersede the applicable provision of this Handbook to the extent necessary to bring this Handbook into conformity or compliance with the applicable law.
Simpson College reserves the right to revise, supplement, or rescind any or all policies or portions of this Handbook, or to add any policies to this Handbook, from time-to-time, as it deems appropriate in its sole and absolute discretion.
This Handbook provides a recap of current benefits, rules and other important information regarding employment with Simpson College. Please remember that all items contained in this Handbook are subject to change without prior notice. Please consult your supervisor or the Human Resources Director if you have questions regarding the guidelines in this Handbook or things the Handbook may not address.
B. THIS IS SIMPSON
In 1860 pioneer settlers of Indianola, Iowa and the first session of the Western Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church united to establish the Indianola Seminary under the patronage of the Conference. A building was erected and classes were started in the fall of 1860.
The institution was renamed Simpson Centenary College (the “Centenary” was later dropped) in 1866 to honor Matthew Simpson, a bishop of the Methodist Church. Bishop Simpson (1811-1884) was the best-known and most influential Methodist of his day. President Lincoln conferred with him; and he was called on to deliver the eulogy at Lincoln’s burial in Springfield.
Simpson is a Methodist-related college of liberal arts, non-sectarian in spirit, accepting its students without regard for race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin or disability. This spirit made it possible for the great scientist, George Washington Carver, the only other American with Washington and Lincoln to be memorialized with a federal birthplace monument, to become one of Simpson’s most distinguished sons. Scores of other Simpson alumni serve in positions of national and international importance. Simpson stresses highly personalized education, believing that, in general, education is creative and effective in the proportion that it is personal. In this process social goals also are kept in view.
For more than a century Simpson has played a vital role in the educational, cultural, intellectual, political and religious life of Iowa and the nation. The College has grown from one building “worth not less than $3,000,” to an institution, which today has 32 major buildings on more than 73 acres of beautiful campus and approximately 2,000 students.
Simpson College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
C. MISSION STATEMENT
(Approved by the Board of Trustees May 16, 2008)
Simpson College is an independent, selective, church-related, comprehensive liberal arts college dedicated to excellence in higher education.
The Simpson College community is equally committed to:
- Promoting integrative learning that enables students of all ages to develop intellectual and practical skills
- Nurturing values which foster personal worth and individuality within a creative, diverse and just community
- Graduating students who continue to grow as free, responsible and fulfilled individuals in the world of family, work, service and scholarship
- Drawing upon our relationship with the United Methodist Church and our religious traditions that guide us on issues of personal integrity, moral responsibility, social justice and global citizenship
D. SIMPSON COLLEGE INCLUSIVITY STATEMENT
(Endorsed by Cabinet April 17, 2017)
We the members of the Simpson College community 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, citizenship, 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.
E. ORGANIZATIONAL CHART
The organizational chart may be downloaded and viewed as a .pdf file. (281KB) 2016 Organizational Table