Dr. Linda Simpson, Ph.D., CFCS, CPFFE has been a faculty member in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences since 1997 and serves as the MS in FCS Graduate Coordinator and Executive Director of the Literacy in Financial Education (LIFE) Center. Dr. Simpson received a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and MS and BS degrees from Eastern Illinois University.
Dr. Simpson’s subject matter expertise is in the areas of consumer studies and financial literacy. She has numerous publications and has presented at local, state, national, and international conferences on the topics of online teaching and learning, budgeting and debt management, and consumer behavior. Funding from a competitive grant received from TIAA Cref and the Council on Graduate Studies was used for the development of the Literacy in Financial Education (LIFE) Center. The purpose of the Center is to prepare students to play an active role in managing their personal finances and make informed decisions about saving, spending and borrowing. Based on the educational programs developed for the Center, she received the 2016 Family Economics and Resource Management Community Award from the Community of Family Economics and Resource Management of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Currently, Dr. Simpson serves as the principle investigator for the Illinois Seniors Smart Home Initiative funded through the Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation. The purpose of the project is to accelerate senior consumer participation in the utility smart grid programs and use of smart grid-enable home energy management in their homes.
Personal and Family Finance
Family Budgeting and Debt Management
Consumer and Management Problems of Older People
Current Issues and Trends
Doctor of Philosophy in Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1994
Master of Science, Eastern Illinois University at Charleston,1989
Bachelor of Science, Eastern Illinois University at Charleston,1984
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education
Financial Literacy and College Students
Smart Grid and the Older Consumer
Black Friday Shoppers
High Impact Learning Experiences
Brooks, L. & Simpson, L. (2014). Experiential learning in higher education: Implications for improving the employability of FCS graduates. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, (106)2. 16-21.
Huxel, C., Burns, M., O’Rourke, K., & Simpson, L. (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. 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.
Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Conference
College student’s financial wellness: The impact on individuals, families, and communities, 2017, San Diego, CA
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Conference
Taking care of YOU!: Strategies for self-care, health, and well-being for the busy FCS professional, Research to Practice Roundtable, 2015, Jacksonville, FL
Financial literacy:Putting a plan in action. (Theme-based presentation), 2014, St.Louis, MO
Achieving tenure and promotion in higher education: Strategies for success Roundtable, 2014, St. Louis, MO
Faculty Summer Institute,University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
Innovative use of technology in research, 2013
WebCT 2.-0 Tools, 2010
Governor’s Conference on Aging Annual Conference, Chicago, IL
Older consumers: Navigating through the financial maze, 2013
The older consumer: Implications for marketers, retailers, and caregivers, 2011
Budget and Debt Management Workshops
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences webinar, 2011
Illinois Coalition for Community Services, 2011 Charleston, IL
Academy for Lifetime Learning, Eastern Illinois University, 2011
Strategic Goal Setting Initiatives Workshops
Academy of Lifetime Learning, Eastern Illinois University, 2011
Smart Women, Smart Money Conference, Springfield,IL, Sponsored by the Illinois StateTreasurer’s Office, 2011
Purdue University-Nutrition Education Programs,Turkey Run State Park, IN 2011
Illinois Consumer Education Association, Bloomington, IL
Compulsive buying behavior, 2011
College student loans: Factors related to knowledge and loan debt, 2011
Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation 2018, Principle Investigator. Illinois Seniors Smart-Home Initiative: Information Resources, Training & Outreach. Total Award Amount = $300,000.The project seeks to accelerate senior consumer participation in utility smart grid programs and use of smart grid-enabled home energy management (HEM) devices in their homes.
Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation 2017, Smart Energy Consumer Independence Initiative.Total Award Amount = $200,00.The purpose is to enhance the quality of life and independence of senior citizens and consumers with disabilities.
TIAA-CREF and National Council on GraduateStudies, Total Award Amount = $40,000. The purpose is to enhance college student’s financial literacy.
Certified Family and Consumer Sciences
Personal and Family Finance Educator
Quality Matters Online Course Reviewer
Certified Online Instructor
CAEL PriorLearning Assessment Certificate Program
2016 Family Economics and Resource Management Community, Community of Family Economics and Resource Management of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
2015 Distinguished Service Award from the EIU School of Continuing Education (awarded to the School of Family and Consumer Sciences when I served as Chair)
2015 Outstanding Leadership Award from the EIU Graduate School (co-winner with Lisa Moyer)
Achievementand Contribution Awards–Eastern Illinois University
2010-2011 Service category
2006-2007 Service category
2005-2006 Teaching category
2004-2005 Balanced category
2000-2001 Service category
1997-1998 Research category