Sarah Stafford Sims

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Sarah Jane Stafford Sims

(English professor at Campbellsville University

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Born 1967
Resides in Yosemite near Liberty, Casey County, Kentucky
Spouse Ronald Dale Sims (married 2011)
Religion Christian Church

Sarah Jane Stafford Sims (born July 1, 1967) is the chairman of the Division of Humanities and an English professor at the Southern Baptist-affiliated Campbellsville University in Campbellsville in Taylor County in central Kentucky.[1]

Sims is the younger of two daughters of Kenneth Myrl Stafford (1920-1999) and the former Effie Hatter (1921-2007), who resided in Yosemite in Casey County in central Kentucky. The parents are interred at Middleburg Cemetery in Casey County.[2]

Sarah Sims studied at Campbellsville College, as the institution was formerly known. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1989. In 1990, she received a Master of Arts from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. She joined the Campbellsville faculty in 1993; in 2003, she completed her Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky at Lexington. Sims attributed the guidance of her professor and future colleague Robert Doty, who first approached her about entering a Ph.D. program. "Every class I teach includes material I learned from him. So much of the best of what I know and do, I owe to him. Dr. Doty was an intellectual giant and irreplaceable mentor and friend. To have worked and studied with him is an immense blessing."[3]

In 2013, she received the annual CU  Challenger Award; in 2017, she received the "Distinguished Faculty Award," a prize that she said she did not deserve.[4] 

Donna Hedgepath, the CU provost and vice president for academic affairs, said that Sims "has a servant's heart in every way - toward students, colleagues, family, and friends. ... She spends the majority of her office hours with students, helping then with their writing or just offering support."[4]

In 2011, Sarah Stafford wed Ronald Dale Sims, a son of the late Willard and Violet Sims, at the Mount Olive First Christian Church in Yosemite, where the couple resides.[5]


  1. Sarah Sims. Retrieved on April 8, 2020.
  2. Kenneth Myrl Stafford. Retrieved on December 22, 2017.
  3. Joan C. McKinney, "In Memoriam, You Did Good Work: Dr. Robert "Bob" Doty dies at age 84, The Campbellsvillian: The Magazine for Alumni and Friends of Campbellsville University, Spring 2020, Vol. 17 No. 3., pp. 36-37.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Josh Christian, "Dr. Sarah Stafford Sims receives the Distinguished Faculty Award from Campbellsville University," Campbellsvillian: The Magazine for Alumni and Friends of Campbellsville University, Vol. 15 (2017), 12.
  5. Engagement: Stafford-Sims. (May 17, 2011). Retrieved on December 22, 2017.