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Shannon Lynn Burton

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NameShannon Lynn  Burton
TitleAssistant Ombudsperson

Staff Profile:

Shannon Lynn Burton, PhD, is the Assistant Ombudsperson at Michigan State University.  In this role 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 creating a student-led organization to address these issues at a grassroots level.  Additionally, Shannon has served as an academic advisor for various academic units including the Department of Romance and Classical Languages, The School of Criminal Justice, and The School of Hospitality Business.  As an academic advisor, Shannon was a need for support of student veterans and advocated for structures to meet their needs which led to the creation of a veteran organization, a military transitions course, and the Veterans' Resource Team.  Shannon firmly believes that academic advisors are co-creators of the curriculum and hold a unique space to impact student culture and success alongside faculty and other administrators 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.  Her research interests include academic advising, academic integrity, teaching and learning, and organizational culture.

Shannon has served in leadership roles for NACADA and the Michigan Academic Advising Association (MIACADA) since 2006.  Currently, she chairs the Assessment of Advising Commission and collaborates as a member of the Research Committee and the Assessment Institute Advisory Board.  Shannon is a reviewer for the NACADA Journal and a consultant for NACADA's Consultants and Speakers Bureau.  Shannon publishes and presents on academic advising extensively and was appointed in 2012 as an expert reviewer for the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education's Standards on Academic Advising.

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).