It was easy for Dale Simpson to decide upon a teaching career -- it's in his blood. Combined with his love for travel and a passion for understanding the people of the world, teaching anthropology was a natural fit.
"I'm a local boy with global aspirations," said the Wheaton-Warrenville South High School grad. "I've been around the world a few times, and it's opened my eyes to how lucky we have it here. I want to make a difference within a global context and show people how we can help others.
"Plus, teaching is in my blood. My father taught HVAC here at College of DuPage, and my aunt and uncle have been teaching here since the first buildings went up."
When Simpson was a boy, he joined the Boy Scouts and liked his experiences attending Native American powwows and mammoth digs, which sparked an interest in the past. Then his world travels began. He attended the University of Manitoba on a wrestling scholarship and earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology and a minor in geography. Then he completed his master's and post-graduate work at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He then obtained a Regenstein Internship at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and began teaching as an adjunct at COD in 2009. Throughout all of this, Simpson traveled to a variety of worldwide destinations to study and learn.
Simpson hopes his students can look beyond DuPage County and focus on world problems.
"I see anthropology as a great field to understanding biases," he said. "Why are we ethnocentric? All humans are this way, but anthropology gives us an appreciation of other cultures and gives us the intellectual competence to critique what others say.
"In today's day and age, with 6.8 billion people in the world, and 2 billion living on less than $2 a day, understanding is key. We need to open our eyes to what's happening out there."