Director of the Bonnie Ladin Union Skills Program
Regina (Jean) M. Dearden, MS
Jean is the Director of the Bonnie Ladin Union Skills Program and the Chair of the Faculty Senate. She holds a master's degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in Instructional Systems Development, a BA in Communications/Journalism from Shippensburg University, and a certificate in Online Teaching from the University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA Extension. She specializes in the development and design of effective training and adult learning. She has taught union leaders and members internationally in Egypt, Jordan, and South Africa.
Degree courses: Instructional Systems Design; The Adult Learner
Union Skills courses: Labor Relations in the Federal Sector
Assistant Professor of Labor Studies and Director of the Labor Studies BA Degree Program
Diane F. Frey, PhD
Diane has been a labor organizer for more than 20 years. She previously worked for the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, the Missouri Nurses Association, and Service Employees International Union (District 1199 NE, Locals 285 and 615). Diane's scholarly research examines worker rights in comparative perspective, drawing on international labor standards and human rights law. Her work appears in Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal, and the American University International Law Review, as well as in edited volumes published by the ILO and UNESCO. Diane received a PhD in International Comparative Employment Relations from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics from UMass-Amherst.
Associate Professor and Director of Learning Assessment
Jennifer M. Harrison, PhD
Jennifer teaches courses in composition and literature and directs the prior learning assessment program, NLC student learning assessment, and the Online Writing Lab. Her doctoral degree is in language, literacy, and culture, an interdisciplinary degree that integrates the humanities and social sciences from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She holds an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland College Park and a BA in English from Washington College. Harrison has taught at Montgomery College and Anne Arundel Community College; before becoming a faculty member, she directed marketing, corporate relations, and publication development in higher education association publishing.
Degree courses: American Labor Literature; Capstone Writing Project/Senior Seminar; Creative Writing; Effective Writing; Reading and Writing Critically; Social Justice and Activist Writing; Reading, Writing, and Research
Director of the Center for Excellence in Health and Safety
Henry Jajuga, MA
Henry is a Professor for Health and Safety and Director of the College's Rail Workers Hazmat Training Program and the National Resource Center for OSHA training. Henry has participated in the Rail Workers Hazardous Materials Training Program at NLC since 1999 and worked as a Rail Road Maintenance of Way crane operator since 1983 traveling extensively in the Western United States until 2008 when he became a faculty member at NLC. Henry also has held several union positions for BMWED Local 227 including President and District Chairperson. He holds a BA in Health and Safety from the NLC and an MA from the University of Baltimore/NLC partner program in Legal and Ethical Studies.
Degree courses: Workplace Hazards and the Law
Director of Construction Management Program
Stephen J. Krone, DSc, PE
Stephen is the head of the Construction Management degree program for the National Labor College. He previously taught Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Technology at the University of Toledo, Construction Management at Bowling Green State University, and Engineering Management at the George Washington University. He has worked for the USDA's Rural Electrification Department, the University of Maryland's Engineering and Architecture Department, and on numerous international and industrial construction projects. He has served on committees and accreditation visiting teams for the American Council of Construction Education and authored articles for the Project Management Journal and the Engineering Management Journal. He has a DSc in Engineering Management from the George Washington University and a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland.
Phone: 301 431-5422
Degree courses: Fundamentals of the Construction Industry I; Fundamentals of the Construction Industry II
Assistant Dean for Special Academic Programs
Julie Ann Mendez-de Leon, MA
Since 1997, Julie Ann has taught and developed numerous courses at National Labor College including Methods that Motivate and Images of Labor in Art. She also served as Director of Academic Advising. She holds an MA in Education from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she also completed her undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Degree courses: Digital Learning for the 21st Century
Union Skills courses: Methods that Motivate
Director of Excellence in Teaching
Robert Morriss, MA
Robert is a faculty member at the National Labor College. He teaches courses on Distance Learning, Instructional Technology, History of Communication, Web 2.0 Collaboration, Digital Storytelling, Multimedia Technology and Microsoft Office. He holds a BA in History and Psychology from Drury University, a BS in Mathematics/Computer Science from Towson University and a MA in Instructional Systems Development from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Degree courses: Computer Skills for Trade Unionists; Distance Learning for Labor Education; History of Communication, Culture and Technology; Instructional Technology
Bob Reynolds, MLS, PhD
Starting in 1989, Professor Reynolds was an archivist at the Goerge Meany Memorial Archives and managing editor of its former illustrated quarterly journal, Labor's Heritage
. He has a PhD in american history and an MLS in archival studies. For a number of years prior to retirement, he taught both credit and non-credit courses at the George Meany Center for Labor Studies and its successor, National Labor College.
Director of Emergency Readiness and Response Management Program
Deborah M. Robinson, MBA, PhD
Deborah was formerly Executive Director of the National Legal Preparedness Training Program at the University of the District of Columbia. She has worked extensively with faith and community based organizations, as well as governmental agencies at the local, state, and national levels on emergency preparedness and response. She has expertise in emergency planning for pandemic influenza and in regards to people with disabilities. Deborah has participated in and collaborated with numerous international agencies and organizations, and has worked with labor unions in broad social justice coalitions. She holds a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan, a MBA with a specialization in International Organizations from the University of Geneva (Switzerland), and a BA in Psychology from Williams College.