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Shannon Lynn Burton

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NameShannon Lynn  Burton
TitleAssistant University Ombudsperson
DepartmentOffice of the University Ombudsperson

Staff Profile:

Shannon Lynn Burton, PhD, is the Assistant University Ombudsperson at Michigan State University, as well as the Research Integrity Coordinator. In these roles she has sought out ways to build a culture of academic integrity by restructuring and institutionalizing the Academic Integrity Consortium, which she directs, as well as by engaging faculty, staff and students in other venues to address this issue at a grassroots level. Shannon seeks to give voice to issues on campus including those affecting student rights and responsibilities, as well as student success. Her accomplishment in these endeavors is evidenced by her receipt of a 2010 Outstanding Academic Advisor Award  and 2011 Outstanding Dissertation Award by NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising (NACADA), as well as the 2013 Distinguished Civilian Michigan State University ROTC Service Award and MSU's 2014 Student Veteran Supporter of the Year. Her research interests include ombuds practice, academic advising, academic integrity, ethics and legal issues, and organizational culture.

Shannon serves the broader professional community through her work on the International Ombudsman Association's (IOA) Title IX Task Force, as one of the inaugural co-chairs for the Research and Assessment Committee for IOA and as a newly appointed reviewer for the Journal of the IOA. Additionally, Shannon is Michigan State University's lead representative to the International Center for Academic Integrity. Finally, Shannon continues to serve in leadership roles for NACADA as she has since 2006. Currently, she serves as a member of the Research Committee and as a reviewer for the NACADA Journal, as well as a consultant for NACADA's Consultants and Speakers Bureau.

Shannon earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education with a Specialization in Global Urban Studies from Michigan State University. She also has a Master of Science in Academic Advising (Kansas State University), a Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration (Michigan State University), as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Russian Studies, a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish (Grand Valley State University).