Published: Sept. 9, 2011

MSU names new Faculty Grievance Official

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The appointment of Linda Jackson as Michigan State University’s new Faculty Grievance Official was approved by the university’s Board of Trustees at its Sept. 9 meeting.

The appointment of Jackson, who is a professor in the Department of Psychology, was effective Sept. 1.

An MSU faculty member since 1981, Jackson is an internationally known researcher in the area of children and technology. Specifically, she studies the cultural, social and psychological factors influencing the use and consequences of using information technology, particularly children’s use of the Internet, cell phones and videogames.

Her current research explores the effects of IT use on cognitive, social, psychological and moral development and the influence of culture on these outcomes.

The faculty grievance official is responsible for administering formal grievance procedures at department/unit, college and university levels, advising academic units on the efficacy of internal grievance and hearing procedures, responding to inquiries from faculty and administrators, and recommending to the University Committee on Faculty Affairs changes in existing faculty grievance procedures, among other responsibilities.

Jackson will succeed John Revitte, a professor of work, leisure and labor studies, who has held the position since 2004.

The appointment is half-time. The FGO serves for two years, but can be reappointed following a review.


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