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Linda Simpson

Interim Chair, Professor, & Executive Director Literacy in Financial Education (LIFE) Center

Linda Simpson, Ph.D., CFCS, CPFFE serves as the Interim Chair for the School of Family and Consumer Sciences. Her subject matter expertise is in the areas of consumer studies and financial literacy. Dr. Simpson was instrumental in advancing the university in technology enhanced and delivered education as she was one of the first EIU professors to offer an online delivered course. Over the years, she has served in various roles to advance the quality of online teaching and learning; one being a committee member to create the Center for Academic Technology Services. She continues to serve on the Online Programs Board. Recently, she received a $40,000 grant from TIAA Cref and the Council on Graduate Studies to enhance student financial literacy. The funding from this grant was used for the development of the Literacy in Financial Education Center (LIFE Center) where she serves as the Executive Director. Dr. Simpson is in her 17th year at EIU.


Areas of Expertise

  • Financial Literacy
  • Goal Setting
  • Money Management


Doctor of Philosophy in Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign October, 1994.  Family and Consumer Sciences

Master of Science, Eastern Illinois University at Charleston, August, 1989.
Family and Consumer Sciences

Bachelor of Science, Eastern Illinois University at Charleston, December, 1983.
Family and Consumer Sciences
Certified Online Instructor, 2003, Learning Resources Network
Designation was created to serve faculty in higher education that want to gain recognition for their knowledge and skills in the area of online teaching.
CAEL Prior Learning Assessment Certificate Program, 2002
10-week training workshop designed to enhance portfolio assessment

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Phone: 217-581-2315