Grey L. Pierce

Grey L. Pierce

Assistant Director, Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting
Project Manager, State of the State Survey, Institute for Public Policy and Social Research
Outreach Coordinator, University Center for Regional Economic Innovation, Center for Community and Economic Development

E-Mail: glpierce@msu.edu

Department Web page: https://uarc.msu.edu

Grey is the Assistant Director of MSU Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting (UARC), where they supervise and conduct WCAG 2.0 evaluations, advise on accessibility policy, and work on grant-funded research. Grey's work is primarily focused on the accessibility of digital materials (websites, apps, documents, etc.), but they also evaluate and advise on the accessibility of physical hardware, objects, and spaces. Their work at UARC is conducted in partnership with university, government, and corporate clients. Grey has also conducted extensive research into making voting in elections more accessible to people with disabilities, and currently sits on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Voting Systems Human Factors Working Group and the State of Michigan Bureau of Elections Accessible Voting Systems Working Group. MSU UARC is located in the Office of the Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement (UOE).

Grey is also the Project Manager of the MSU State of the State Survey (SOSS), a phone survey of Michigan adults about current public policy issues that is run two to four times each year, at the MSU Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR). They are responsible for all aspects of SOSS, including question design, programming survey instruments, managing survey samples, data weighting, and working with clients. IPPSR is located in the MSU College of Social Science.

Additionally, Grey is the Outreach Coordinator for the EDA University Center for Regional Economic Innovation at the MSU Center for Community and Economic Development (CCED). CCED is located within UOE.

Grey serves as the Acting Chair of the MSU Accommodating Technology Committee (ATC) and the Vice Chair of the Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct (RVSM) Subcommittee of the MSU President's Advisory Committee on Disability Issues (PACDI), is on the Steering Committee of the Power of We Consortium (a network of human services agencies, nonprofits, and organizations in the Lansing area), works with Queering Medicine and the Capital Area Sexual Assault Response Team, and is an active participant in many other university and community groups. Grey is involved in diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts both at MSU and off-campus, with a primary focus on queer and trans issues, gender issues, and issues related to people with disabilities, and is also involved in efforts to reform sexual assault policies and improve outcomes for survivors.

Grey has written or co-written funded grants totaling over $4.7 million, and is responsible for over 250 technical reports, research reports, and peer-reviewed publications, including over 175 accessibility evaluations. They are involved in planning and organizing a variety of events, including Michigan's World Usability Day for the last eleven years and the Innovate Michigan! Summit for six years. Grey also runs the MSU Internet and Technology User Experience Survey, an annual survey of technology usage by MSU faculty, staff, students, and community members.

Grey earned their Master's degree in Cognitive Psychology at Michigan State University.

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Recent Publications

Jackson, J. E., Ismirle, J., Swierenga, S. J., Blosser, S. R., & Pierce, G. L. (2015). Joystick interaction strategies of individuals with dexterity impairments: Observations from the Smart Voting Joystick usability evaluation. In M. Antona & C. Stephanidis (Eds.), Lecture Notes in Computer Science: Vol. 9178. Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction: Access to the Human Environment and Culture (pp. 192–203). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Swierenga, S. J., Zantjer, R. S., Jackson, J. E., Ismirle, J., Blosser, S. R., & Pierce, G. L. (2015). Security implications for personal assistive technology in voting. In T. Tryfonas & I. Askoxylakis (Eds.), Lecture Notes in Computer Science: Vol. 9190. Human Aspects of Information Security, Privacy, and Trust (pp. 582–591). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Swierenga, S. J., Pierce, G. L., Blosser, S. R., Mathew, A., & Jackson, J. (2014). Smart voting joystick for accessible voting systems. Journal on Technology and Persons with Disabilities, 2, 144-154.

Propst, D. B., Swierenga, S. J., Pierce, G. L., Jeong, E., & Coursaris, C. K. (2013). From the ground up: Role of usability and aesthetics evaluation in creating a knowledge-based website for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In A. Marcus (Ed.), Lecture notes in computer science: Vol. 8015. Design, user experience, and usability: Web, mobile, and product design (pp. 274–283). Berlin/Heidelberg, Germany: Springer-Verlag.

Swierenga, S. J., & Pierce, G. L. (2013). Accessible voting systems usability measures. Journal on Technology and Persons with Disabilities, 1, 146-154.

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Recent Reports

Pierce, G. L. (2020, May 21). SciFinder high-level accessibility evaluation for the Library Accessibility Alliance. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting.

Pierce, G. L. (2020, April 23). EBSCO Academic Search high-level accessibility evaluation for the Library Accessibility Alliance. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting.

Pierce, G. L. (2020, April 9). MSU Office of the University Ombudsperson website high-level accessibility evaluation. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting.

Pierce, G. L. (2020, March 27). Swank Motion Pictures high-level accessibility evaluation for the Library Accessibility Alliance. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting.

Pierce, G. L., & Ali, O. (2020, March 25). Michigan Child Care Background Check high-level accessibility evaluation. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting.

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Recent Presentations

  • (August 2019)

    Making documents accessible to people with disabilities

    Pierce, G. L. (2019, August). Making documents accessible to people with disabilities. Presented at the August 2019 MSU Environmental Health & Safety Staff Meeting, East Lansing, MI.

  • (June 2019)

    Making sure your websites and mobile apps are meeting the needs of your constituents

    Swierenga, S. J., & Pierce, G. L. (2019, June). Making sure your websites and mobile apps are meeting the needs of your constituents. Presented at the 2019 G2G Marketplace Technology Conference, Waterford Township, MI.

  • (May 2019)

    A Brief History of Digital Accessibility at Michigan State University

    Hudson, M., & Pierce, G. L. (2019, May). A Brief History of Digital Accessibility at Michigan State University. Presented at the MSU IT Next: Digital Access & Inclusion Conference, East Lansing, MI.

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