Faculty and Staff
Dr. Linda Simpson
Chair, Professor, & Executive Director Literacy in Financial Education (LIFE) Center
Linda Simpson, Ph.D., CFCS, CPFFE serves as the 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 18th year at EIU.
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
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
Brooks, L., & Simpson, L. (2014). Experiential learning in higher education: Implicaitons for improving the employability of FCS graduates. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, (106)2. 16-21.
Huxel, C.R., Burns, M.T., O’Rourke, K.A., & Simpson, L.D. (2012). Comparison of Nutritive Value, Cost, Viscosity, and Acceptability among Developed Oral Nutritional Supplements and Commercially-Prepared Supplements. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 112(S9): A-57.
Simpson, L., Berbaum, A., O’Rourke, K., & Taylor, L. (2012). Consumer socialization: The relationship with compulsive buying behavior. American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Research Abstracts 2012.
Simpson, L., Taylor, L., O’Rourke, K., Shaw, K., Bowers, J., & Reifsteck, D. (2012). Back in Black: Observing Consumers on “Black Friday”. American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Research Abstracts 2012.
Simpson, L. (2012). Buyer beware: Frauds and scams. The Encyclopedia for Consumer Safety. - March 2012.
Simpson, L. (2012). Credit cards. The Encyclopedia for Consumer Safety. - March 2012..
Simpson, L. Smith, R., Taylor, L, & Chad, J. (2012) College debt: An exploratory study of risk factors among college freshmen and its effect on college choice. Journal of Student Financial Aid, 42(1). 16-27.
Simpson, L., Taylor, L., O’Rourke, K., Shaw, K. (2011). An analysis of consumer behavior on Black Friday.American International Journal of Contemporary Research.1(1). Located at http://www.aijcrnet.com/index.php/current.
See Vita for additional publications
Selected Conference Presentations
Financial literacy: Putting a plan in action. Accepted for a theme-based presentation at the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Conference. June, 2014.
Older Consumers: Navigating through the Financial Maze. Governor’s Conference on Aging, December, 2013
Montessori principles and the home environment – – American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences annual conference – June 2013
Innovative Use of Technology in Research. Faculty Summer Institute, May 2013
Preparing our students for the real world: Are colleges doing enough? Family and Consumer Sciences webinar, to be presented April, 2013
Back in black: A study of shopping behavior on Black Friday, American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Conference, June, 2012
Consumer socialization: The relationship with compulsive buying behavior, American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, June, 2012
Interviewing Strategies for New Professionals Roundtable, American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, June 2012.
The Older Consumer: Implications for Marketers, Retailers, and Caregivers, Governor’s Conference on Aging, December, 2011
Compulsive Buying Behavior, Illinois Consumer Education Association, November, 2011
College Student Loans: Factors Related to Knowledge and Loan Debt, Illinois Consumer Education Association, November, 2011
Budget and Debt Management Workshops
Family and Consumer Sciences webinar, March, 2011
Illinois Coalition for Community Services, October 6, 2011
Academy for Lifetime Learning, November 10, 2011
Strategic Goal Setting InitiativesWorkshops
Academy of Lifetime Learning, Eastern Illinois University, October 13, 2011
Smart Women, Smart Money Conference, Springfield, IL , Sponsored by the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office, June, 2011
Purdue University-Nutrition Education Programs, Turkey Run State Park, May, 2011
Academy of Lifetime Learning, Eastern Illinois University, February, 2011
Walt Disney World College Program + FCS Academic Credit, Spring, 2011; Fall, 2011
WebCT 2.-0 Tools, Faculty Summer Institute, University of Illinois, May 17, 2010.
See Vita for additional presentations
Funding & Grants
TIAA-CREF and National Council on Graduate Studies, $40,000 to enhance EIU student financial literacy
Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences Research/Creative Activity Grant, 2011-2012, Connecting Professionals: Leadership in Action.
Faculty Development Grant, Eastern Illinois University – 2011, 2012, 2013
Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences Faculty Award for Interdisciplinary Research, 2011-2012. Curriculum Development across the Disciplines
Certified Family and Consumer Sciences Professional
Personal and Family Finance Educator