Meet the Faculty

Dr. Robert Awkward

Program Coordinator and Advisor, Visiting Professor

BA, MS Northeastern University; MEd Boston University; PhD, University of Massachusetts, Boston


Dr. Robert J. Awkward is the Program Coordinator and Academic Advisor for the Master of Human Resources (M.H.R.) program. In addition to teaching part-time at Framingham State University, he is a tenured professor of business and economics at Middlesex Community College (MCC). There he teaches a variety of courses including Introduction to Business, Principles of Management, Principles of Marketing, Human Resources Management, Interpersonal Communications in Business, Principles of Macroeconomics, and Principles of Microeconomics. He currently serves as the MCC Assessment Fellow, on the MCC Assessment Steering Committee, and is the MCC representative to the state-wide and regional Advancing in Massachusetts a Culture of Assessment (AMCOA). In addition to providing advice and counsel to Business Administration majors, Bob has served or is serving on several committees and task forces including the Student Learning Outcomes Task Force, the University of Mass. Lowell/MCC Lumina Quality Collaborative Project, and was Tri-Advisor to the Business & Economics Club which won both the Federal Reserve regional and national economic challenge awards in 2008 and 2009.

Prior to this, Bob enjoyed progressive, diverse and successful human resources experiences in varied industries including retail, manufacturing, high technology, professional services, healthcare and academia. Those experiences include twelve years as a senior manager—serving the last three as Vice President of Human Resources. Although Bob possesses broad human resources knowledge, his areas of expertise include staffing, employee/labor relations, managing diversity, learning and development and organizational effectiveness. Bob graduated from Boston University with a M.Ed. in Human Resources Development. He also received both a graduate degree (M.S. in Economic Policy & Planning) and his undergraduate degree (B.A., Political Science) from Northeastern University. Finally, he has a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Dr. James W. Dottin

Visiting Professor

BBA, University of Massachusetts, MBA Boston University, MRE Gordon-Cromwell Theological Seminary , EdD, University of Massachusetts


BBA, University of Massachusetts, MBA, Boston University, MRE, Gordon-Cromwell Theological Seminary, EdD, University of Massachusetts

Dr. James W. Dottin is the Visiting Professor of Accounting and Financial Management in the Masters of Human Resources Graduate Program. In addition to his teaching responsibility at Framingham State University, Dr. Dottin is the Department Chair and Professor of Business Administration at Middlesex Community College. He specializes in managerial decision making based on financial analysis coupled with his international teaching experience in the Kingdom of Morocco. Prior to Middlesex Community College, James’ corporate experiences include the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and the Xerox Corporation. His teaching experiences include the graduate and undergraduate programs in accounting and finance at Cambridge College.

His educational philosophy is grounded in authentic learning experiences that reflect the progression of the student’s ability to organize, self-reflect, collaborate, communicate and analyze problems resulting in innovative solutions. Dr. Dottin was awarded the 2018 League for Innovation – John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award at the International Conference in Washington, D.C. He has been conference presenter at the New England Business Educators Conference, the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry at the University of Illinois, and the Association for Authentic Experiential and Evidence-Base Learning International Conference.

James graduated with a BBA from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, MBA from Graduate School of Management at Boston University, MRE from Gordon-Cromwell Theological Seminary, and EdD from the Graduate School of Education, University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

Andrew Guigno, CCP

Visiting Instructor

BS, Suffolk University; MA, Framingham State University;


Andrew teaches the Compensation & Performance Management course. He is a Senior Survey Account Manager for Pearl Meyer in Wellesley, MA.  At Pearl Meyer he manages a portfolio of compensation surveys across multiple industries. 

Prior to his time at Pearl Meyer, Andrew worked for Shaw’s Supermarkets performing several roles including, Customer Service Manager, Systems Trainer, and Human Resources Administrator.

Andrew has an undergraduate degree in Communications and Journalism from Suffolk University and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Framingham State University. He is an active member of WorldatWork and holds a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) designation.  He has presented at WorldatWork’s Total Rewards Conference and his work has been published in WorkSpan Magazine.

Dan Ginsberg, J.D.

Senior Visiting Lecturer

BS, Pratt Institute; JD, Suffolk University


Dan Ginsberg is a Senior Visiting Lecturer at Framingham State University and teaches Labor and Management Relations (Employment Law) at the graduate level and Business Law at the undergraduate level. Dan has been teaching for the graduate school at Framingham State University for 13 years. Dan also taught undergraduate courses in Business Law at both Lesley University and the University of Phoenix.

Dan received his B.S. in Engineering Science from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY  and his Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree from Suffolk University in Boston, MA. He was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in December 1973.

Dan worked for EMC Corporation (Hopkinton, MA) for 11 years in Sales and Contracts. Prior to that, Dan worked for several high tech companies (Prime Computer and Easel Corporation); several government contractors (Grumman Aerospace, McDonnell Aircraft, Raytheon, Textron Systems, and civil service for the US Navy); and was also in private practice in law with a small Southboro law firm.


Dr. Michele Gibbons-Carr

Visiting Professor

BA, Pennsylvania State University, MA and Ph.D. Boston University


Michele teaches the Organization Development and Change course. For more than 25 years, she has been engaged in helping organizations and their leaders manage change and implement solutions to complex organizational challenges.  As a trusted advisor, coach and consultant to leaders, she has been dedicated to their effectiveness.  As a Clinical Psychologist (#3217) and Board Certified Coach (BCC#3155), she has used the insights and skills of the behavioral sciences to support the development and cultivation of talented managers and leaders.  As a consultant, she has focused on driving transformational change through large scale systems change, strategic and scenario planning, experiential learning and large group whole system approaches

Michele has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Boston University. She is an alumna member of the National Training Laboratories Institute (NTL) and OD Network. She has presented at the Association for Talent Development (formerly ASTD), the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), the American Association of Dental Schools (AADS) and OD Network Annual conferences. Her pioneering work using Large Group methods to do scenario planning has been published in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science and in Bunker,B and Alban B. (Ed) The Handbook of Large Group Methods.

Barbara G. Holland

Visiting Instructor

BA, Boston University; MEd, Cambridge College


Barbara G. Holland has over 40 years of experience as a consultant, trainer and senior-level administrator. She is the President and Founder of BreakThrough Partners, a consulting firm focusing on diversity, inclusion, cultural proficiency, organizational change, workforce effectiveness and workplace equity. Her clients have included financial services corporations, educational institutions, public sector institutions, human service organizations and health care institutions. Before founding BreakThrough Partners, Ms. Holland held two senior-level positions: the Director of Campus Diversity at Framingham State College for over 6 years and Director of Diversity at Massachusetts General Hospital for over 4 years. About 3 years ago, she assumed the role of Chief Diversity Officer at Advocates, a human service organization located in Framingham. She has been a facilitator with the Anti-Defamation League’s World of Difference Program since its inception in 1987. As a frequent spokesperson on social justice issues, she has made many television and radio appearances, been featured in a variety of newspaper articles and been a guest speaker/panelist on many occasions. She has served as Adjunct Faculty at Emmanuel College and is currently an Adjunct Faculty member at Framingham State University.

Ms. Holland holds a B.A. in Biology from Boston University and an M.Ed. in Education Administration from Cambridge College.

Pat Haraden, CEBS, CLU and ChFC

Visiting Instructor

BS Northeastern University; MBA Bentley College


Pat teaches the employee benefits course at Framingham State University.  He is currently the New England Area President with Gallagher Benefit Services.  In addition to his management responsibilities for the New England offices, he advises large employers, associations, and municipalities on employee benefit issues. Pat is the author of several articles on employee benefits and health insurance.  He has presented at local and national conferences on the impacts of healthcare reform and health care cost control strategies. He is also a regular co-host on the "McNamara on Money" financial radio talk show.  Pat has earned the industry designations of Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS), Registered Health Underwriter (RHU), Registered Employee Benefits Consultant (REBC), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Risk Management (ARM).  He is a licensed employee benefits producer consultant and is a member of several local and national employee benefits associations.


Prior to joining Gallagher  Pat worked as an employee benefits consultant for national consulting firms Fidelity Investments, Hewitt Associates and Watson Wyatt Worldwide. Pat earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with an Accounting/Management concentration from Northeastern University, and has a Master of Business Administration (MBA)with a concentration in Taxation from Bentley College.

Andrew Letendre, MBA

Visiting Instructor

BS, University of New Hampshire; MBA, Boston University


Andrew Letendre is Director, Talent & Enterprise Services Technology at Liberty Mutual Insurance, located in Boston, MA.  In his current role, Andrew’s team designs and implements information systems that support several business functions including Talent Analytics, Internal Communications, Web Analytics, and global core HRIS.  Andrew has been at Liberty Mutual for 10 years and prior to current role, held varying roles across several IT and corporate business systems functions.  

Andrew has an undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire in Business Administration and an MBA from Boston University.  Andrew lives in South Boston and enjoys staying active outdoors.

John Poirier, Ed.D, SHRM-SCP

Visiting Professor

M.S. Human Resources, American University; M.B.A,. Bryant University; Ed D., Nova Southeastern University in Ft Lauderdale


John Poirier is a seasoned Human Resources consultant with broad experience in various industries. His clients include Fortune 500 corporations, small privately held companies and several not for profit organizations. As part of his practice he takes on the roles of coach, consultant, trainer, and facilitator with a focus on helping clients enhance talent management and their brand as an employer of choice.


As a coach with an MBA, John is particularly effective with managers at all levels given his ability to quickly understand the contextual business challenges. As a consultant with SPHR certification, John has helped many organizations craft their people strategy and structure their HR functions such that they align with strategy. He is also a dynamic trainer and keynote speaker on leadership, team and interpersonal effectiveness and change management.


Dr. Poirier is also a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management at Bryant University where he is the coordinator of HR programs and teaches courses in Human Resources Management.


John earned his Doctor of Education degree from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He also holds an MBA from Bryant University and a Master of Science in Human Resources Development from American University in Washington DC. John holds the SHRM-SCP designation from Society for Human Resource Management and SPHR from the HR Certification Institute.


Tobi Russell

Visiting Instructor

BA, Boston College; MEd, University of Massachusetts, Boston


Tobi Russell is currently Executive Vice President and member of the Public Consulting Groups’ (PCG) executive team reporting directly to the President.  She is responsible for the Human Capital Management strategic development, oversight and implementation of human capital initiatives including talent acquisition, talent development, business partnership, employee relations, risk management & compliance and learning & development programs for a rapidly growing global consulting firm.

 Prior to joining Public Consulting Group, Tobi was the Vice President at Cumberland Gulf Group of Companies, as well as Vice President of HR Service Delivery at Hanover Insurance, Worcester, MA.

 Her 30 plus years in Human Resources spans various industries including 15 years at Fidelity Investments.

 Tobi has an undergraduate degree from Boston College in Human Development and a Master’s Degree from University of Massachusetts, Boston in Instructional Design.