Simpson University Professor Appointed to City Advisory Group

For Immediate Release


Amy Smallwood (center) was recently named to Redding's Community Services Advisory Commission

REDDING, Calif. - The Redding City Council unanimously approved the appointment of Simpson University professor Amy Smallwood to the Community Services Advisory Commission during its Dec. 20 meeting.

Redding Mayor Brent Weaver recommended the appointment of Smallwood to the five-member board, which provides oversight of the city’s recreation and parks divisions, as well as contracts for the operation of the Redding Civic Auditorium and the Redding Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Smallwood, who serves as associate professor of Outdoor Leadership and chair of the Leadership Studies Department, will serve a four-year term. She was asked to join the commission by Kim Niemer, Redding’s director of community services.

The commission meets monthly and makes recommendations to the City Council on matters relating to the city’s long-range park and open-space planning, tourism activities, and more.

Smallwood came to Simpson University in 2010 from North Greenville University in South Carolina, where she helped develop a new Outdoor Leadership major and coordinated the Immersion Semester program.

In addition to her teaching and leadership responsibilities, Smallwood also serves as a volunteer with Shasta County Search and Rescue and the Mt. Shasta Ski Patrol. She volunteered for six years with the Shasta Lake Fire Protection District. She has multiple certifications in the field of outdoor leadership, technical rescue, and wilderness medicine.

Smallwood is a certified member of the American Mountain Guides Association, former president and member of the board of directors for the Christian Adventure Association, and a longtime member of the Association for Experiential Education (AEE). In October, she did a presentation at the AEE’s international conference in Minneapolis on "Moving from Experience to Encounter: Connecting Experiences to Personal Narratives."

Simpson University is the only private college or university on the West Coast to offer an Outdoor Leadership major. The program is designed to prepare students for leadership careers in adventure-based outdoor programs, outdoor education programs, state and national park systems, and camps. Learn more at

Photo by Jon Lewis / Simpson University professor Amy Smallwood, center, visits with Redding City Council member Adam McElvain (a Simpson University alumnus) and Kim Niemer, Redding’s director of community services, before a Dec. 20 council meeting.



Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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