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Department of Art Staff

Mark Simpson, M.A.
Mark Simpson, M.A.
- Associate Professor
  • mark.simpson@wku.edu
  • FAC 253
  • 270-745-5838
  • Advertising Interactive/Digital Advertising, Print Design
  • UX AR/VR, Coding for Designers

Interactive Advertising Design
Principles of Advertising
Print Design, Production & Typography
Advertising in a Digital World
Broadcast Advertising


  • Assistant Professor. Western Kentucky University, School of Journalism & Broadcasting, Advertising Program
  • Camping World, Bowling Green, KY / Publications Designer. Design and produce major mail-order catalog, direct marketing postcards, and monthly flyers.
  • Barren River District Health Department, Bowling Green, KY / Technical Consultant & Designer. Designed and produced computer-based briefings and presentations, taught in-house courses on internet design and publishing, internet research, presentation graphics and new business technologies. Designed and implemented the Health Departments internet web site.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington WV / Chief, Visual Information Group. Art-directed a staff of 3 (typesetter, publications designer and an Internet web designer) and managed a budget of over $300K. Actively participated in and directed the development of all the organization's marketing materials including the District's web site. Staff photographer (industrial and aerial). Designed visitors center installations and trade-show exhibits. Liaison between Public Affairs, Division staff and organization chiefs-including the District Commander (The Big Guy). Developed multimedia presentations for senior staff, including slide and digital computer-based presentations and marketing videos.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington WV / Prospect Course Instructor. Member of the Federal Information Manager Users Group Subcommittee for Visual Information (gasp). Primary responsibilities include teaching and demonstrating new computer and related technologies, graphic design, business presentations, and a course on the nature of creativity. Prepared teaching materials such as texts, manuals and instructional videotapes. Certified via rigorous Federal Government Prospect Instructors Preparatory Course.
  • Huntington Museum of Art Museum School, Huntington WV / Drawing Instructor. Taught courses on basic, advanced and life drawing to adults.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington WV / Visual Information Specialist. Single-handedly ran the design, publications, exhibits, and photography and A/V department for a civil engineering organization of 1100 people.
  • Marshall University, Huntington WV / Library Conservationist
  • Organized and documented University Library's collections of historical and legal documents and related photographs.
  • Appalachian Insurance Company, Huntington WV / Information Analyst
  • Analyzed and summarized collected information relevant to insurer policies and claims.
  • Marshall University, Huntington WV / Graduate Assistant to the Chair
    Participated in curriculum development and taught both graduate and undergraduate level painting and printmaking classes.


  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1980
    Marshall University, Huntington WV
    Graduated with honors
  • Masters Degree, Painting and Printmaking, 1982
    Marshall University, Huntington WV
    Graduated with honors
  • Postgraduate work at Marshall University and Corps of Engineers
    sponsored training in management and leadership

Professional Activities

Faculty And Administrative Load

  • 4 full-time classes per Spring and Fall semester

Current Professional Assignments And Activities

  • Journalism & Broadcasting Curriculum Committee
  • Journalism & Broadcasting Equipment Committee
  • Ogden College 319 Environmental Education Grant / Design and PR
  • One class release / Advertising Program recruitment program


  • Awards of Excellence-annual 280 Exhibition, Huntington Museum of Art
  • Award of Excellence-annual Juried Show, Cultural Center, Charleston WV
  • Exceptional (highest level) performance appraisal for last 2 years, US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Department of Army Commendation from COL Ronald Dabbieri, Director of Information Management, Headquarters, Washington DC
  • Numerous special awards and letters of commendation from Division Chiefs, and District and Division Military Engineers

Community Service

  • Design And Photography For The American Cancer Society Annual Relay For Life Program
  • Design And Photography For The Boy Scouts Of America'Resulting In Numerous Governor's Service Awards.
  • Design And Photography For The United Way's Combined Federal Campaign Program-Received Award For Outstanding Service 5 Years Running.
  • Consultation And Training For Saint Mary's Hospital Annual Oncology Symposium'Presentation Methods And Technologies.
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