Crystal “Nikki” Simpson

nikki@willowtreeconsulting.us

Education

Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Administration and Practice, In Progress

University of North Georgia
Dahlonega, Georgia

Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration, 2015

Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, Georgia

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Magna Cum Laude, 2008

Georgia College & State University
Milledgeville, Georgia

Professional Experience

Georgia College & State University

Milledgeville, Georgia

Academic Advisor III

July 2016 to present

Courses:

  • PSYC 0001: Psychology First-Year Seminar
  • GCSU 1010: Student Success
  • GCSU 0001: First-Year Seminar (Undeclared)
  • BEST Tutorials (designed and maintain online course modules for students needing to complete a First-Year Seminar outside of the classroom)

Job Summary:

  • Supervisor for the Social and Psychological Science Advising Cluster.
  • Academic advisor to all psychology majors.
  • Coordinate POUNCE for campus.
  • Advise and register new psychology freshman through the POUNCE early registration program.
  • Contact and help all incoming transfer students with the registration process.
  • Website content manager for Advising Center and psychology department
  • Collaborate with Center for Student Success colleagues and other campus departments to offer student programming to introduce students to various majors on campus as well as student support services.
  • Additional projects as assigned

Supervisor:

Mike Augustine—Senior Director, Advising and Retention, Center for Student Success

Academic Advisor I

July 2011 to June 2016

Courses:

  • PSYC 0001: Psychology Academic Success Skills
  • GCSU 1010: Student Success
  • GCSU 0001: First-Year Seminar (Undeclared)

Job Summary:

  • Advised load of approximately 350 students. Majors advised during this time varied based on department need and include: Psychology, Economics, Computer Science, Pre-Education, and Pre-Nursing.
  • Advised and registered new freshman through the POUNCE early registration program.
  • Contacted and assisted incoming transfer majors with the registration process.
  • Collaborated with Center for Student Success colleagues and other campus departments to offer student programming to introduce students to various majors on campus as well as student support services.

Supervisor:

Mike Augustine—Senior Director, Advising and Retention, Center for Student Success

Pre-Psychology Advisor

July 2009 to June 2011

Courses:

  • PSYC 0001: Psychology Academic Success Skills (Co-Instructor with Dr. Lee Gillis)
  • PSYC 4010: Adulthood and Aging (TA for Dr. Sheree Barron in Fall 2009)

Job Summary:

  • Academic advisor to all incoming freshmen.
  • Also advised all students who change majors to pre-psychology.
  • Met with all students who are declaring the full Psychology major.
  • Maintained online PASS course, which is required of all majors.

Supervisor:

Lee Gillis, Ph.D.—Chair, Department of Psychological Science

Departmental Secretary

July 2009 to June 2009

Job Summary:

  • Performed a wide variety of typing assignments.
  • Greeted and direct visitors, as and when appropriate.
  • Accepted, screened, and routed telephone calls.
  • Maintained log of inquiries as required.
  • Sorted, screened, and distributed incoming and outgoing mail.
  • Prepared photocopies and facsimiles, and operated a variety of office equipment.
  • Maintained, processed, and updated files, records, certificates, and/or other documents.
  • Arranged meetings and conferences, scheduled interviews and appointments, and performed other duties related to maintaining one or more individual schedules.
  • Ordered, stocked, and distributed office supplies.
  • Performed basic, routine bookkeeping functions.
  • Performed miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Supervisor:

Lee Gillis, Ph.D.—Chair, Department of Psychological Science

Michael Rose, Ph.D

Milledgeville, Georgia

Psychometrist

March 2010 to September 2010

Job Summary:

Administered intelligence tests as an independent contractor for a local psychologist.

Supervisor:

Michael Rose, Ph.D—Supervisor, Psychologist: GA 2439c

Professional Memberships

  • NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising
  • Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology
  • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
  • Pi Lambda Theta (Education Honor Society)

Publications

Gay, C. (2010). Review of “The first-generation student experience: Who they are, their characteristics, and strategies for improving their persistence and success”. NACADA Journal, 31(1).

Presentations

Gay, C. N., & Higgs, K. (2011). Mentoring. Georgia Academic Advising Drive-In Conference. Clarkston, GA.

Bennett, C., Gay, C., Higgs, K., & Kennedy, L. (2010). How Can DegreeWorks Work for You? Georgia Academic Advising Drive-In Conference. Statesboro, GA.

Service

To the field

National Academic Advising Association

  • Proposal reader for NACADA 36th Annual Conference, 2012
  • Proposal reader for NACADA 35th Annual Conference, 2011

To the institution

  • Member, Departmental Scheduling Committee, Georgia College Department of Psychological Science, 2012 – present
  • Judge, Psychology Major Day Poster Competition, Georgia College Department of Psychological Science, 2011 – present
  • Advisor, Georgia College chapter of Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, 2011 – present
  • Website Content Manager (Psychology), 2009-Present
  • Member, Assessment of Graduates Committee (Psychology), 2009-Present
  • Judge, Psychology Major Day Poster Session, 2009-Present
  • Reviewer, Psi Chi Dr. Bill McDaniel Travel Scholarship (Psychology), 2015
  • Member, Student Success Collaborative Implementation Team, Georgia College Center for Student Success, 2013 – 2014
  • Member, Student Success Collaborative Implementation Team, 2013-2014
  • Chair, Assessment Task Force, Georgia College Center for Student Success, 2013
  • Member, Search Committee for Pre-Nursing Advisor, Georgia College Center for Student Success, 2012
  • Member, Search Committee for Administrative Assistant, Georgia College Department of Psychological Science, 2012
  • Member, MAP-Works Leadership Team, 2010 – 2013
  • Member, Teaching Circle for Professional Advising, Georgia College, 2010 to 2011
  • Member, Teaching Circle: Professional Advising, 2010-2011
  • Member, Yearbook Committee (Psychology), 2010-2011
  • Member, Annual Progress Report Committee, Georgia College Department of Psychological Science, 2009 to 2011
  • Member, Assessment of Graduates Committee, Georgia College Department of Psychological Science, 2009 to 2011
  • Member, Yearbook Committee, Georgia College Department of Psychological Science, 2009 to 2011
  • Member, Annual Progress Report Committee (Psychology), 2009-2011

To the Community and Profession

  • Event Lead, Relay For Life of Baldwin County, 2018
  • Event Lead, Relay For Life of Baldwin County, 2017
  • Event Leadership Team, Relay for Life of Baldwin County, 2016
  • Team Captain, Relay for Life of Baldwin County, 2015, 2016
  • Proposal reader, NACADA 36th Annual Conference, 2012
  • Proposal reader, NACADA 35th Annual Conference, 2011

Professional Development

  • NACADA 16th Annual Administrators’ Institute; Daytona, Florida, February 2018
  • University System of Georgia Advising Academy; Carrollton, Georgia, November 2017
  • Making the Transition to Supervisory Responsibilities Training; Georgia College; May 2017
  • Applying the Quality Matters Rubric Workshop; Georgia College; January 2017
  • Media Workshop for GeorgiaView Training; Georgia College; December 2016
  • Introduction to Overview of GeorgiaView Workshop Training; Georgia College; December 2016
  • First Year Experience Conference; Dallas, Texas, February 2015
  • First-Year and Transition Studies Conference; Kennesaw, Georgia, October 2014
  • NACADA, Academic Advising Drive-In Conference; Athens, Georgia, May 2014
  • NACADA, Academic Advising Drive-In Conference; Macon, Georgia, October 2012
  • NACADA, Academic Advising Drive-In Conference; Clarkston, Georgia, September 2011
  • NACADA, Academic Advising Drive-In Conference; Statesboro, Georgia, May 2010
  • NACADA, Region 4 Regional Conference; Atlanta, Georgia, March 2010

Awards and Honors

  • Eve Puckett Community Service Award, 2017
  • Faculty and Staff Celebration of Excellence; Outstanding Service Nominee, 2016
  • Inaugural Faculty and Staff Celebration of Excellence; Outstanding Service Nominee, 2015
  • Phi Kappa Phi, Georgia Southern University, 2014-Present
  • Pi Lambda Theta, Georgia Southern University, 2014-Present
  • Staff Appreciation Day; Outstanding Service Nominee, 2014
  • ENGAGE Grant Award Co-recipient with Hope Buchanan, 2014
  • Certificate of Appreciation from the Department of Psychological Science, 2013
  • Identified as “person on campus who has helped the most in student’s college success” by students using Mapworks, 2011
  • Identified as a Significant and Positive Impact by students using MapWorks, 2010
  • Psi Chi, Georgia College & State University, 2007- Present
  • Gamma Beta Phi, Georgia College & State University, 2006-2009
    • President 2008-2009
    • Historian 2007-2008