Joseph Abel, PhD
Joseph Abel received his PhD in history from Rice University and is currently an instructor of history at the Community College of Baltimore County. Raised in a union family, Joseph first became involved in the labor movement as graduate student when he joined the Texas State Employees Union. Since then, he has marched with striking janitors, organized teach-ins, and helped introduce a new generation of young people to the labor movement as a visiting professor of labor studies at Florida International University's Center for Labor Research & Studies. His current research focuses on the history of organized labor in Texas-specifically the efforts of unionized black workers to secure equal rights in the military aircraft industry of Fort Worth-and has been featured in a number of prominent historical journals and edited collections.
Degree courses: Labor and Work in the U.S.; Labor and Work in the Global Economy
Carol Abraham, MA
Ms. Carol Abraham has been in the field of Higher Education for approximately 10 years. She began her career as Career Counselor and worked for Monroe College and St. John's University in New York City. Upon completing her Master's degree at Mercy College she transitioned into Academic Counseling. She has worked at University of Maryland University College and currently works at Towson University. She is currently taking graduate courses at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Degree courses: Digital Learning for the 21st Century
David Alexander, MS
David is an Adjunct Professor at the National Labor College. For the past fifteen years, he has been primarily responsible for working with the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trade Department in the design and coordination of courses in their curriculum. David is the lead faculty person on the Contract Negotiations in the Construction Industry class. Prior to 2000, David spent twenty years as a full-time member of the staff at the George Meany Center for Labor Studies. He is a graduate of Rutgers University, with a Bachelor of Arts in History, and a Master of Science in Public Policy. He resides in Portland, Oregon, with his wife Catherine and his two children.
Union Skills courses: Contract Negotiations in the Construction Industry
Laura Ariovich, PhD
Dr. Laura Ariovich is a sociologist by training with vast experience combining quantitative and qualitative methods. She received her PhD from Northwestern University, after completing her dissertation on organizing strategies and member participation in a large union local of service workers. Her research was published in the book Organizing the Organized. Trade Union Renewal, Organizational Change and Worker Activism in Metropolitan America (Trade Unions Past, Present, and Future Vol. 10, Peter Lang AG, 2010). Dr. Ariovich is also an expert in assessment; she specializes in the assessment of co-curricular activities and in surveys and focus groups aimed to capture college students' views and experiences.
Degree courses: Research Methods
Christine Arnold, M.Ed
Christine Arnold was an Academic Advisor at Texas A&M University for 5 years before relocating to Indiana. She was one of the Undergraduate Advisors in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications at Texas A&M University. Christine has her M.Ed. in Agricultural Education with an emphasis in leadership development. She was an undergraduate and graduate advisor in the Departments of Atmospheric Sciences and Oceanography at Texas A&M for four years. Christine has been an active member of professional organizations related to advising and has presented multiple times at NACADA(National Academic Advisors Association) Annual Conferences. Her previous employment includes advising and teaching with the Tomas Rivera Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio. In the future, Christine hopes to continue to develop her skills as a leadership instructor and academic advisor.
Degree courses: NLC Pathways: Successful Online Learner
Felix Arnold, MS
Felix Arnold is currently the Assistant Director for Transformational Education and Academic Excellence in the Office of Academic Programs in the College of Agriculture at Purdue University. He is continuing his educational pursuit of a doctorate focusing on the mentoring relationship between academic advisors and distance-based graduate students. Felix is also an active member in many professional organizations related to academic advising, agriculture, and leadership education. His previous employment includes stints as an academic advisor at the University of Texas at San Antonio and Texas A&M University. He has been working in the field of advising for over the last 6 years. In the future Felix hopes to continue to help develop student's leadership abilities, teach courses related to leadership, and continue to advise and develop students.
Degree courses: NLC Pathways: Successful Online Learner
Roger Blacklow, MA
Roger graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in Political Science and earned his master's degree in Public Administration (with honors) from National Labor College in 2002 at age 57. He worked on Capitol Hill for seven years and was involved with AFL-CIO campaigns for several decades, both organizing and political. His past positions include Legislative and Political Director for National Postal Mail Handlers Union; Legislative Assistant and grassroots political director for Laborers International Union; Legislative Assistant and grassroots director for National Association of Letter Carriers. He has taught at NLC since 2007.
Degree courses: Labor and the American Political System; Labor and Politics
John Borsos, PhD
John has been a union organizer for twenty years, and is a vice-president of the National Union of Healthcare Workers. He has published articles in a number of academic journals and popular publications. He earned a PhD in American labor history from Indiana University.
Degree courses: Labor and Work in the Global Economy
Carlos Braziel, MA, EdD
Carlos is a retired US Air Force officer, currently serving as Assistant Professor of Security Cooperation for the Department of Defense. His experience in education and training started when he was selected to serve as an electrical systems instructor at the US Air Force Civil Engineering School in Wichita Falls, Texas. He has also taught and trained numerous military and civilian members in crisis management and disaster preparedness/recovery fundamentals and procedures while on active duty. Carlos received his MS in Engineering Management for the Air Force Institute of Technology; and his MA in Advanced Leadership Studies and his Ed. D. in Organizational Leadership from Indiana-Wesleyan University.
Degree courses: Disaster Response, Operations, and Management
Julie Brockman, PhD
Julie L. Brockman is an Assistant Professor in Michigan State University's School of Human Resources and Labor Relations. Julie's primary research interests focus on negotiation and conflict resolution in the workplace, the process of joint union/management collaboration and professional development of adult educators. Julie received her BA in Psychology from The Ohio State University, an MA in Organizational Communication from The Ohio State University, an MA in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University and a PhD in Adult Education from Michigan State University.
Degree courses: Industrial Relations in the Construction Industry
Kirk Brungard, MA
Kirk is a 2nd generation electrician and was initiated into Los Angeles' Local 11 in 1983. After serving on numerous committees, he was appointed as a local union organizer of the 7,500-member local and elected as recording secretary in 1999. He eventually headed up the Los Angeles LMCC Compliance Office and worked hand-in-hand with the LMCC Business Development Office. In 2005, Kirk was appointed as an International Representative in the Membership Development Department where he assisted in the development of organizing education, preparing for yearly conferences and development of the online library. In October 2009, Kirk was appointed the Executive Assistant to the Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO. Kirk attended the University of California at Los Angeles and California State Northridge, later receiving his BA in labor studies from the National Labor College. In 2004, he graduated from the University of Baltimore with a Master's Degree in public administration.
Union Skills courses: Various Building and Construction Trades courses
Joe Burgett, MA, PhD
Joe is a General Contractor and has a wide range of commercial construction experience working on project types including hospitals, hotels, retirement campuses, libraries, judicial complexes, and multi-family residential. During his time in the industry, Joe worked as a Field Superintendent, Project Manager and Estimator. While still keeping close ties with the industry, currently he is teaching and recently completed his PhD at the University of Florida specializing in energy modeling and conservation techniques. He also earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Building Construction at the University of Florida.
Degree courses: Advanced Leadership and Business Communication
Brenda initially was on staff at the National Labor College when it first opened as the AFL-CIO Labor Studies Center in 1969. From 1990 until 2007 when she retired, Brenda coordinated recruitment, training and finances, and later directed the Rail Workers Hazardous Materials Training Program, a federally funded program providing hazmat and instructor training to rail workers.With more than 20 years of experience in the health and safety arena, she teaches fully online health and safety courses for NLC's Labor Studies program and serves as a training consultant to the Rail Program since her retirement in 2007. Brenda holds a degree in Labor Studies from the National Labor College.
Degree courses: Bio-Terrorism Agents and Emergency Response; Foundations in Safety and Health; Hazardous Materials Transportation
Kathleen "Kitty" Conlan, MA
Kathleen is the former Education Director of the Laborers' International Union of North America. She has a Master's Degree in Labor Studies and is a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist. She has been an adjunct faculty member at NLC since 2000 and has worked in the labor movement for more than 30 years.
Degree courses: Union Administration; Introduction to U.S. Labor Studies
Union Skills courses: New Union Staff
Susan Darnley, MA
Susan Darnley has been an educator for over ten years with the Carroll County Public School system. Prior to entering the education world, she worked for a major bank as a consultant and trainer. She holds a Master's Degree in Education as well as in Business Administration and is nationally certified as an educator.
Degree courses: Online Writing Lab
Yvette De La Cruz, MA
Yvette is a trainer, facilitator and project management consultant who works with trade unions and progressive non-profit organizations domestically and internationally. She is a long-time labor activist and professional labor educator, schooled in the principles of participatory learning, who applies the pedagogy of “training for transformation” to the field of labor education. Yvette has been a guest instructor and adjunct professor at the George Meany Center for Labor Studies/National Labor College since 2000. She obtained her BA in Labor Studies from the National Labor College and her MA in Globalization and Labor Policy from the Berlin School of Economics.
Union Skills courses: Teaching Techniques I; Teaching Techniques II
Paul joined the National Labor College in 2010, teaching Secretary-Treasurers Total Solution and Requirements. Paul is a retired U.S. Postal Service employee and has over 20 years' experience in labor union finances. Paul is former President of the Maryland and DC State American Postal Workers Union. He also served as the organization's Secretary-Treasurer and 12 years as Treasurer of the Montgomery County (MD) Postal Workers Union. Paul is currently a consultant, Union Finances and QuickBooks instructor for the American Postal Workers Union, teaching nationwide at seminars. Paul is a certified bookkeeper and tax professional. He is still involved in the labor movement, volunteering as Trustee for his Local and Legislative/Political Director for his state organization.
Phone: (301) 806-1429
Union Skills courses: Secretary-Treasurers Total Solution; Secretary-Treasurers and Officers Fiduciary Responsibility Training
Julie Donatelli, MA
Julie has taught writing for more than ten years to students of many ages and abilities. Most recently, she worked both as an independent tutor and for two private tutoring companies, Sylvan Learning Centers and TutorFind. As a high school teacher with the Baltimore County Public Schools, she taught tenth- and eleventh-grade English, and as a graduate student at the University of Maryland, she taught English 101 and American literature. She has an MA in Teaching from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, an MA in English from the University of Maryland College Park, and a BA in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University.
Degree courses: Effective Writing
Tom Downey, , MBA, PhD
Tom is best described as a learning technologist who has been dedicated to the design, development and delivery of technology-based learning products. His passion is to enable people to increase their personal and professional potential through well-designed training systems and by doing this cost-efficiently. Tom has a Masters in Instructional Design and Technology and a multi-disciplinary PhD in Computer Science, Industrial Engineering, Human Factors and Psychology from the University of Washington. Tom has also achieved an MBA online in Accounting, Information Services and Security from the New York Institute of Technology.
Degree courses: Managing Human Resources in a Dynamic Environment; Capstone Project in Business Administration
Jay Driskell, PhD
Jay Driskell is an Assistant Professor at Hood College in Frederick, MD, where he teaches US history with a special emphasis on African American, women's and labor history. His involvement with the labor movement began at Yale University where he spent five years organizing three strikes with the union for graduate teachers and researchers at Yale. Since then, he has worked with UNITE HERE as a volunteer organizer, researcher and consultant on immigration, politics and academic outreach. He earned his BA from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2000 and his PhD from Yale in 2008.
Degree courses: Living Labor History
Cam Duncan, PhD
Cam teaches political economy, immigration policy and strategic campaigns at NLC and has worked in the labor movement for more than 30 years. He is the former Regional Director for the Americas of Public Services International, the global federation of public service unions, doing strategic campaign work with public sector unions. He also worked for the AFSCME Research Department, the AFL-CIO Workers Institute for Safety and Health, and the AFL-CIO International Department. Besides teaching for labor organizations, Cam taught economics at the American University and served as Chief Economist for the US House Committee on Small Business. Cam received a PhD in labor economics from American University. He is an AFT member.
Degree courses: Labor and Work in the Global Economy
Fred Frey, MBA
Fred is the administrator of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency's (MEMA) Emergency Management Mentorship Experience. He has also served as controller and trusted agent for MEMA during radiological exercises for fixed nuclear facilities. Fred has given presentations to national audiences and facilitated strategic planning initiatives concerning the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) for the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA). He received his Bachelor of Arts in mass communications from The American University in Washington, D.C. and an MBA from the University of Baltimore.
Degree courses: Emergency Planning
Paul was raised in a union family in Wilmington, Delaware. After attending college at the University of Delaware, he pursued a graduate degree in US history at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is currently a doctoral candidate there, writing his dissertation on coalition building between organized labor and the environmental movement in the 1970s and 1980s. For the past five years, he has worked as an adjunct professor of history at several institutions, including National Labor College, the University of Maryland, and Howard Community College.
Degree courses: Research Methods; Living Labor History
Greg was NLC's first Provost and in retirement continues to teach courses at the college. Additionaly, he also currently teaches for Penn State's Labor and Employment Relations program and in the Sociology Department atVirginia Commonwealth University. He is the former Director of the Laborer's Reseach and Education Department and a long time member of the graduate faculty of the University of the District of Columbia's Labor Studies Department.
Union Skills courses: New Union Staff
Gerard Hall, MA, PhD
Dr. Hall joined NLC in September 2011. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Southern University and A&M College in 1986. Dr. Hall holds a Master of Arts Degree in Computer Resources and Information Management from Webster University, a Masters of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the US Naval Command and Staff College, and a PhD in Organization and Management from Capella University. He is in his 27th year of active duty in the U.S. Navy.
Degree courses: Disaster Response, Operations and Management
Lantz Holtzhower, MA, PhD
Lantz is currently a PhD student and instructor in the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction. His interests include water conservation, rainwater harvesting, stormwater recycling, and overall sustainable water use within buildings. The current focus of his research is the implementation effects of low impact developments such as green roofs and constructed wetlands into the built environment. He holds a Master's degree in Building Construction and a Bachelor's degree in Architecture, both from the University of Florida. Lantz's nine years of professional construction experience includes work as project manager for construction managers, an electrical contractor and a fire protection contractor. He is a licensed Certified Building Contractor in the State of Florida and a member of the USGBC.
Degree courses: : Fundamentals of the Construction Industry I & II; Project Building Systems; Project
Administration; Construction Cost Accounting, Estimating and Finance (Construction Research Methods); Construction Project Planning and Scheduling
Gary Huh, PhD
Gary received his PhD from the School of Natural Science & Mathematics, University of Texas at Dallas in 1991. After graduation, he worked at the National Institutes of Health as a staff scientist in the area of bio-medical research and authored numerous publications in scientific journals. He is a member of the American Federation of Teachers. Dr. Huh's teaching philosophy is an individualized, cooperative step-by-step approach.
Degree courses: College Algebra; Business Mathematics; Science, Technology and Our World
Lainie Kitt, MA
Lainie has been an adjunct instructor for National Labor College since 2004, first teaching Educational Planning and now Prior Learning Assessment. She graduated from NLC in 2003 with a BA in Labor Studies and earned an MA in Labor Studies from CUNY. As a graduate, Lainie has a unique understanding of students' needs and enjoys helping them fulfill their educational dreams.
Degree courses: Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Workshop
Fred Kotler, JD
A labor educator for twenty-five years, Fred coordinates and instructs within construction industry-related and teaching techniques courses. He is currently Research Associate, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University and has served as Director, Cornell / New York State AFL-CIO Union Leadership Institute and Associate Director, Cornell Construction Industry Program. Fred's experience includes service as local union business agent, organizer, COPE coordinator, labor council delegate, and leader within a citywide labor-community coalition. A Chicago native, Fred studied at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley and received a law degree from the University of San Francisco.
Union Skills courses: COMET Train the Trainer; Contract Negotiations in the Private Sector; Labor Law in the Construction Industry; Organizing in the Construction Industry I-IV
Danielle LeClair, MA, JD
Danielle is the Director of the Public Employee Department of the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA), overseeing diverse responsibilities including organizing, governmental affairs, collective bargaining, representation, training, and member growth and development for LIUNA's public employees in the US and Canada. She previously served as LIUNA's Federal Sector Coordinator. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, she also has an M.A. from both UW and Johns Hopkins University. Prior to law school, Danielle worked on Capitol Hill for seven years, most recently as Legislative Director for Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA). After law school, she was a lawyer/lobbyist at Miller O'Brien Cummins Law Firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she represented a variety of union clients.
Michael is a trade unionist, activist, and labor educator with 25 years of experience in providing educational programs to students, union members, leaders, and professionals. Michael works for the AFL-CIO's Solidarity Center in Washington DC. He is a Program Officer in the Africa Region and is assigned to the West Africa region. In August 2012, Michael trained Liberian trade unionist, organizers, and workers who are affiliates of the Liberia Labor Congress (LLC). He trains and assists Nigerian trade unions in the extractive, health care, hotel, banking, informal economy, and media sectors.
Arthur T. Matthews, JD
Arthur is the Chief Operating Officer and principal partner of Matthews & Matthews Consulting. He started his teaching career in the mid-1980s at Medger Evers College/CUNY and then spent years teaching IBEW Local 3 apprentices at Empire State College/Van Arsdale School of Labor Studies. He serves or has served as a mediator and or arbitrator for panels such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the American Arbitration Association. Since 2007, he has served on the faculty at National Labor College.
Degree courses: Management and Labor in the 21st Century
Mike Mauer, a labor lawyer by training, is the author of The Union Member's Complete Guide, and co-editor of Academic Collective Bargaining. He has worked for the NLRB and for a variety of public and private sector union and is currently Director of Collective Bargaining for the American Association of University Professors. He teaches at NLC and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Degree courses: Labor Law; Labor and Work in the United States
Union Skills courses: Negotiating and Writing Contract Language; Labor and Emlpoyment Law; Arbitration
Patrick D. “Dave” McDowell, MS
Patrick is a 20+ year law enforcement professional who has worked as a patrol officer, investigator, hostage negotiator and both mid-level and senior-level member of management. He has a Master's Degree in Management Science from the Johns Hopkins University Police Executive Leadership Program and has taught criminal justice-related classes at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. He is also a tenured certified law enforcement instructor with the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission and Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.
Degree courses: Leadership: Systems Thinking
Mr. Morrill was one of the original faculty members when the institution opened as The Labor Studies Center, later The George Meany Center. He remained for 27 years offering courses in communications; including public speaking and media training; he also provided specific training in organizing, collective bargaining and disciplinary hearings. He traveled for the AFL-CIO to Canada, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Egypt, Kosovo, Tunisia and South Africa to assist trade unions in these countries during elections.
Ruth A. Needleman, MA, PhD
Ruth is a Professor Emeritus at Indiana University. She has authored numerous publications and won several awards, including the Industrial Relations Research Association (IRRA) Award for Excellence in Teaching in Labor Education and a Fulbright Fellowship for Senior Scholars. She is a member of United Association for Labor Education, Organization of American Historians, and Labor and Working-Class History Association. Ruth earned her PhD and MA from Harvard University and her BA from Brandeis University.
Degree courses: The Future of Labor and Work
Bob Pleasure, MS, JD
Bob is Special Assistant to the President of the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, and is the Building Trades Director of Education and Training. He holds a Master of Science Degree from the London School of Economics and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan School of Law. Bob was formerly Executive Director of the George Meany Center, National Labor College, and Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO for Education and Training. He directed CPWR, the research arm of the Building Trades, and served as Director of the AFL-CIO's Center for Working Capital. Most recently, Bob was a member of the Department of Energy review team in the Obama-Biden transition.
Union Skills courses: Contract Negotiations in the Private Sector; Labor Law in the Construction Industry; Organizing in the Construction Industry I-IV
Stephanie Pollack, MA
Stephanie has been teaching at NLC since 2007. Stephanie is an inter-culturally and artistically focused experiential educator, trainer, facilitator, writer, and consultant with 20 years of experience working in a variety of cultures and environments on 6 continents. With her business Creative Facilitations she develops and leads innovative organizational and individual transformation processes, retreats, trainings, educational programs, and community building events around the globe. Stephanie is passionate about combining the arts and interactive on-your-feet methods to inspire “A-Ha” moments for cultural proficiency, conflict prevention, teambuilding, leadership development, and inspired teaching.
Union Skills courses: Methods that Motivate
Sheila Prados, MS
Ms. Prados is a doctoral student at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program. She holds a bachelor's degree in Business, Psychology, and Sociology from the University of Baltimore and a master's degree in Sociology from New Mexico State University. Ms. Prados has served as a teaching assistant for the past six years for the following courses -Introduction to Sociology, Race and Ethnicity, and Research Methods. Her research interests are race/ethnicity, identity development and maintenance, and mental health related issues of vulnerable populations.
Degree courses: Research Methods
Iram Ramírez Linares, MA, PhD
Iram has been a passionate labor and political activist since he was a teenager. For the past six years, he has taught labor-management relations in the undergraduate program of the Institute of Labor Relationships at the University of Puerto Rico. For the past year, he has taught as an adjunct visiting lecturer in the School of Labor and Employment Relations at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Labor Relations, a Master's degree in History, and a PhD in History from the University of Puerto Rico. He has worked full time with the Office and Professional Employees International Union for 11 years, where he has participated in dozens of arbitrations and administrative hearings at the local and federal level, and led negotiations to resolve labor disputes.
Degree courses: Labor and Work in the United States
Doaa Rashed, MA
Doaa has been teaching English for 15 years both in Egypt and the United States. Doaa has experience in cross cultural communication training as well as teacher professional development. After receiving her Masters in Instructional Systems Development from the UMBC (Maryland), Doaa started her PhD in Language, Literacy & Culture with a focus on assessment of online teaching and learning. Recently, Doaa has been involved in assessment of learning outcomes projects at National Labor College.
Degree courses: Research Methods
Joerg Rieger, PhD
Mr. Rieger is a Wendland-Cook Professor of Constructive Theology at Perkins School of Theology, SMU. His work addresses religion and the struggles for justice and liberation that mark our age, using tools from cultural studies, critical theory, and religious studies, and reflecting on the misuse of power in politics and economics. He is widely published and his latest edited volume is Religion: Theology, and Class: Fresh Engagements after Long Silence (2013). He is on the steering committee of Jobs with Justice in North Texas, is co-founder of the Workers' Rights Board in the Dallas area, and involved in national and international struggles for justice.
Degree courses: Labor as a Social Movement
Ruth Ruttenberg, MA, PhD
Dr. Ruttenberg is an economist, specializing in labor economics and occupational safety and health. She is widely published and is an active consultant with a range of unions and government agencies. She holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin and a Master's degree and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.
Degree courses: Labor and Work in the United States; Workplace Hazards and the Law
Jonathan D. Rosen, MS, CIH
Jonathan is the Principal Consultant for AJ Rosen & Associates, LLC, providing labor based occupational safety and industrial hygiene services to unions and organizations throughout the U.S. Previously Jonathan served as Director, Occupational Health & Safety Department for NYS Public Employees Federation, AFL-CIO for 22 years. Jonathan's department facilitated PEF's 130 joint health & safety committees and developed programs addressing infectious disease, chemical, ergonomic, and safety hazards, including workplace violence prevention. He also served as union steward and Chair of the local union's health and safety committee. Jonathan earned a Master's Degree in Industrial Health at the University of Michigan and is a Certified Industrial Hygienist.
Degree courses: Industrial Hygiene
Michael Schiavone, PhD
Michael has published numerous articles on the labor movement and is the author of Unions in Crisis? The Future of Organized Labor in America (Praeger Publishers, 2008). He has a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations from Flinders University and a PhD from the Australian National University. His doctoral dissertation was on social movement unionism in North America.
Degree courses: Labor and Work in the Global Economy; Ethics in Decision Making
Katherine Sciacchitano, JD
Katherine teaches arbitration and political economy at NLC. Prior to joining the NLC faculty she worked as an organizer, a union representative and a labor lawyer; she also taught at the School for Workers, University of Wisconsin. She has published articles on organizing, the global economy, the financial crisis, welfare reform, and health care reform. Download her most recent publication in Dollars and Sense. She graduated from the Columbus School of Law of The Catholic University of America and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.
Degree courses: Jobs and Growth, Debt and Deficits; Labor and the Economy; Labor and Trade in the Global Economy; Labor and Work in the Global Economy
Union Skills courses: Arbitration Preparation and Presentation Level I and II; Arbitration Brief Writing; Grievance Mediation; Strategic Grievance Handling
Patrick B. Shaw, JD
Patrick has had a long career of diverse experience on behalf of working families. Most recently, Pat was on the staff of the American Association of University Professors' (AAUP) Department of Organizing and Services for almost 20 years. Prior to that, he was a Business Agent for Teamsters Local 364. From 1977-1988, he was in private law practice, including several years at Beins, Axelrod, representing labor unions locally and nationally. Pat received his BA from the University of Notre Dame in 1967 and his law degree from Indiana University- Bloomington in 1975.
Degree courses: Labor and Employment Law
Union Skills courses: Negotiating and Writing Contract Language
Clayton Sinyai, PhD
Clayton worked as a machine operator at WH Salisbury, a railroad clerk at the Chicago & NorthWestern Railroad, and a letter carrier for the US Postal Service before earning a PhD in Political Science at Rutgers University. Clayton has done political, research, organizing, and communication work on the staff of the Laborers' International Union of North America and the Amalgamated Transit Union and currently works in the Communications Department of CPWR - The Center for Construction Training and Research. He is the author of Schools of Democracy: A Political History of the American Labor Movement (Cornell, 2006).
Degree courses: Research Methods
Melanye Smith, MS, PhD
Melanye has enjoyed a twenty-five year career as a law enforcement officer, manager and administrator in the nation's Capital. During that time, she's held numerous leadership positions in law enforcement as well as teaching and training in some form for over twenty years. Examples of courses include leadership, management, ethics, criminal procedures and NCIS-type computer forensics. Dr. Smith began her undergraduate studies at Howard University and received her undergraduate degree in Organizational Psychology from Washington Adventist University, her masters in Organizational Development from the University of Phoenix, and her Doctorate in Organization and Management from Capella University.
Degree courses: Fundamentals of Emergency Readiness and Response Management
Shawntay Stocks, MA
Ms. Stocks is a doctoral student at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in the Language, Literacy and Culture program. Ms. Stocks has a BA in History from Guilford College and an MA in English and African-American Literature from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, NC. Ms. Stocks has worked in higher education for more than eight years, and she has taught the following courses, African-American Literature, English Composition 101 and 102, and College Success. Her research interest includes colorblind racism, racial microaggressions, diversity in higher education, and critical participatory action research.
Degree courses: Effective Writing
Yvonne Syphax, MA
Yvonne Syphax is an instructional designer and trainer consultant for unions. She has special expertise in leadership development and communications. In 2011 she became a guest instructor for the National Labor College's Investor Education Program. Her teaching methodology is grounded in popular education principles. Yvonne has over 30 years of experience as a labor activist and educator. She has worked for both public and private sector unions, including the AFT, UFCW and AFSCME. She received a BS in Secondary Education from Boston University, and has a MA in Education from American University.
Union Skills courses: Organizing I and Teaching Techniques
Joe Twarog, MA
Joe works full-time for the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United as a labor educator. His previous work included many years with SEIU as a union representative as well as with the AFT affiliate in Massachusetts. He has taught at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst Labor Center for many years and since 2003 at the NLC. He has a BA in history from the College of the Holy Cross and an MA in East Asian studies from the University of Michigan.
Union Skills courses: Contract Negotiations in the Private Sector; Negotiating Contracts with State and Local Governments
Patricia Westwater, MS
Patricia Westwater is a communications and organization development consultant for unions. She has been a guest and adjunct instructor at the National Labor College and the George Meany Center since 1993. Trish has nearly twenty years of experience in strategic communications and video production for organizing and corporate campaigns, as well as internal membership mobilization and change initiatives. Previous to her consulting work, Trish was Communications Director for UNITE, as well as a public affairs television producer and an international human rights representative in Guatemala and Nicaragua. She received a BA in International Conflict from the College of William and Mary, and a Master's of Science in Organization Development from American University/NTL.
Union Skills courses: Organizing in the Construction Industry IV: Communications and Media
Gail Whitaker, MS, PhD
Dr. Gail Whitaker serves as Dean for the School of Business at Virginia International University (VIU). She currently teaches management and labor relations courses at NLC, VIU and the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). She has a Doctorate in Management from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), an MS in Information Systems from UMUC, an MS in Labor Studies from UDC and a BS in Business Administration from American University. After receiving her MS in Labor Studies from the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), Dr. Whitaker worked for the Service Employees International Union as well as volunteered for a number of union campaigns including “Justice for Janitors”.
Degree courses: Business Ethics and Sustainability; Effective Leadership
Lane has been involved in the union movement for more than 20 years. She is earning a PhD from the University of Maryland with a focus on US labor and working class history. Lane worked at the AFL-CIO for 12 years in media outreach during the Sweeney administration, finally serving as the department director. Lane started out as a union organizer and communications director with the clothing and textile workers' union in the South. Her research interests are the history of union organizing, the 1970s, gender and labor and the rise of the conservatism.
Degree courses: Living Labor History
Donna Winthrop, MA
Donna Winthrop retired in 2013 after serving as a Faculty Specialist in the School of Human Resources & Labor Relations at Michigan State University with primary responsibilities in workforce development, labor education, and cooperative labor management relations and organizational change. Her areas of teaching are organizational behavior and collective bargaining. She received her undergraduate degree in retailing and design from the University of Kentucky and holds a Master of Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University.
Degree courses: Industrial Relations in the Construction Industry
Helena Worthen, PhD
Helena Worthen's first labor movement experience was with the National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981 which she joined after publication of her two novels. Then, while teaching creative writing and composition at many San Francisco Bay Area colleges and universities, she became involved through the American Federation of Teachers in the struggle for good working conditions for contingent faculty. After completing a PhD in Education at UC Berkeley (where as a Graduate Research Assistant she was represented by the UAW again) she worked for UNITE in Philadelphia, as Director of Education and Political Action, and then at the University of Illinois as a labor educator, where there was a partnership with National Labor College.
Degree courses: Labor and Work in the US
Patricia Yeghissian, MA
Patricia has more than 30 years staff experience in the labor movement, at both local and international union and federation level. She has held varied positions from field organizer to HR Director. She has consulted with a number of diverse unions, as well as nonprofit organizations on leadership development, organizational development, strategy, and campaign development. She has a BA and MA from University of Michigan in Labor History and Labor and Industrial Relations.
Union Skills courses: New Union Staff; Organizing I; Leadership Theory
Tom has taught film studies courses on labor issues and globalization at NLC for a number of years. A Capitol Hill resident, he has also been active in programs for the annual DC Labor Film Fest, sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO, the Debs-Jones-Douglass Institute, and the American Film Institute. He is the author of two books in part based on courses at NLC—“The Cinema of Globalization” and “Working Stiffs, Union Maids, Reds, and Riffraff: An Expanded Guide to Films about Labor.”
Degree courses: Film and Globalization