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JOHN L. REVITTE is a Michigan State University (MSU) Professor of Work, Leisure and Labor Studies and is connected to the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations (SHRLR).  He has been with MSU since July 1977.   John and Diane Revitte have been East Lansing residents since the spring of 1991.  Their two daughters, Rachel and Kathryn, were graduates of Marble elementary, MacDonald middle and EL high schools.  John has provided varied service to the university, his profession and the community including service on the EL parks and recreation and farmers market committees.

From July 2004 through June 2012 John was MSU's Faculty Grievance Official (FGO) and is now an FGO Emeritus.  He responded to hundreds of grievances yearly and informally mediated many faculty-administrator disputes.  He helped create an FGO website, revised office procedures, reduced a grievance backlog, and worked with the University Committee on Faculty Affairs and the MSU president, provost and general counsel offices to revise the MSU Faculty Grievance Policy in 2008-2009.  His approval as FGO designate was by the MSU Board of Trustees (BOT) on Friday, February 13, 2004, and he served as Faculty Grievance Official from July 1, 2004 until a successor took office September 1, 2011.  Following a brief period as FGO Emeritus, the BOT on December 1, 2011 appointed him as an Interim Faculty Grievance Official (FGO) and he served until a new successor took office in July 2012. 

Revitte started his MSU career on July 1, 1977 with the School of Labor and Industrial Relations (SLIR, now known as HRLR) as an Instructor with its Labor Education Program. He subsequently designed over 550 courses and conferences, and taught over 4,000 instructional hours, primarily non-credit and often off campus, for Michigan labor union leaders on collective bargaining; dispute resolution and grievance handling; employment and labor laws; Michigan, labor and oral history and current events; and union administration and leadership skills. He taught thirteen, mostly summer, semesters in SLIR’s graduate school on American labor history; collective bargaining; trade union history, structure and administration; training techniques in LIR; and workers’ education.

During the past decade Revitte helped coordinate a photo/oral history “building stories project” for the new Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) and helped lead for six years the Provost’s “Meet Michigan” educational tour program highlighting MSU's outreach to communities across Michigan.  He also taught RCAH seminars on the history of Michigan workers, industries and unions and ones for undergrad studies on work and leisure: changing definitions; sweatshops, strikes and students seeking justice at work; and the occupy/OWS movement. He participated in a freshman study abroad in Kyoto, Japan in July 2008 and he taught in July 2012 a freshman study away program in Washington, D.C. on the world of work, politics and the 2012 elections.

Besides teaching, Revitte has co-authored and produced several Detroit and Michigan labor history videos.  He actively conducts oral history/archival research projects, and writes training materials, grant proposals, articles, monographs and book and film reviews. He provides service to MSU and to professional journals and associations about Michigan, labor, and oral history, and provides interviews on history and current labor events with TV, radio and news journalists.

Revitte was born in Detroit and attended Birmingham Seaholm high school and graduated in 1968.  He studied social psychology and educational change at the University of Michigan’s Residential College, graduating in 1972.  In 1976 he received a master of science in labor studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  Diane and John married on December 12, 1970 and have two EL public schools and MSU alumna daughters.  One lives in Baltimore and the other in New York City.  John once caddied, worked briefly for GM, the USPO, U of M and the VA.  He briefly was a union organizer, steward and officer, and he played left wing in intramural college, city and senior hockey leagues from ‘68 to ‘08.  He still likes to skate, bike, fish, garden, and paint and takes photos.

John Revitte can be reached at MSU in his library study carrel or his 417 S. Kedzie office, or by phone: 517-3555143, e-mail: revitte@msu.edu or on the web @ www.msu.edu/~revitte.