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Amber Simpson

Assistant Professor

Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership


Amber Simpson joined the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Educational Leadership in 2017. She received her undergraduate degree in Mathematics, Secondary Education from East Tennessee State University, and her Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Specialist degree in Education Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University. Simpson spent five years as a high school mathematics teacher in Tennessee before returning to Clemson University to receive her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, Mathematics Education.


  • PhD, Clemson University
  • MEd, Lincoln Memorial University
  • BS, East Tennessee State University

Research Interests

  • she is interested in examining maker education in adolescent learning of STEM-related practice skills as well as ways to engage families within the process of making.
  • Simpson is interested in understanding one’s STEM identity: specifically female identification or disidentification in STEM-related degrees and careers.
  • she is interested in exploring how one’s STEM identity is shaped within various learning experiences including formal; informal and out-of-school learning experiences.

Research Profile