Lynda C. Jackson earned her Doctorate in Management in August 2009 from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) in Adelphi, Maryland. She earned a Master’s in Public Administration at Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at the University of Hawaii. While writing her dissertation, Dr. Jackson was awarded the Military Spouse Scholarship from the UMUC and was featured on FOX5 news and in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Dr. Jackson’s dissertation is titled Workforce Diversity in the Senior Executive Service: Exploring African American Women’s Perceptions of Success Factors Necessary to Gain Appointments in the Federal Senior Executive Service. Her research findings suggest that although African American women may be aware of the importance of key success factors needed to achieve Senior Executive Service (SES) – such as mentors, informal networks, role models, organization diversity practices and emotional intelligence – they continue to attribute personal career success to internal factors such as education, hard work and their own ability. Dr. Jackson’s findings also suggest that African American women may increase their potential for SES appointments in the federal government through gaining access to powerful external success factors such as mentors, networks and role models.

Dr. Jackson is a retired Colonel who proudly served more than 28 years in the United States Air Force. She has received many awards for her work in the Air Force, including “Best in the Air Force” and the Defense Superior Service Award. She is a retired veteran’s daughter and a retired veteran’s spouse.

Dr. Jackson is a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and a member of the National Council of Negro Women. She is also a member of the Academy of Management and Blacks in Government.

She has a postdoctoral teaching fellowship at UMUC and has joined the faculty at Trinity University in Washington D.C. where she hopes to inspire young women to gain access to powerful success factors as they ascend to the top in their chosen careers. Dr. Jackson and her husband have two adult sons and two grandchildren.