Meet the Faculty

Dr. Robert Awkward

Program Coordinator and Advisor, Visiting Associate Professor

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

Email: rawkward@framingham.edu

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. Beverly Edgehill

Visiting Assistant Professor

BS, Pratt Institute; MEd, University of Massachusetts; EdD, Columbia University

Email: bedgehill@framingham.edu

Beverly “Bev” Edgehill has committed her career to being a catalyst for organizational and individual development and change.   
 
As an accomplished organizational development (OD) adviser, Bev guides leaders and their teams in achieving alignment between strategy, organizational priorities and individual work performance. Additionally, she designs organizational solutions to manage complex and large-scale changes that support existing and emerging business priorities. For the past 25 years, Bev has enjoyed partnering with leaders to co-design organizational development and change solutions inside retail and financial services companies, as well as serving in the position of President and CEO of The Partnership, a Massachusetts-based, non-profit leadership development organization. Dr. Edgehill has received numerous awards for her work and is featured in two books on leaders who make a difference: Boston Inspirational Women, and Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership.  Bev teaches graduate level courses in Leadership, and OD and Change Management.  
 
In addition to serving as an organization development adviser, Dr. Edgehill is equally committed to mentoring career professionals in the practice of work-life success. As the former President and CEO of The Partnership, Dr. Edgehill designed a comprehensive leadership development and career-mentoring program for professionals at various career stages. During her tenure as President and CEO, Bev hosted mentoring circles for more than 1,000 career professionals on how to grow and advance their careers. Dr. Edgehill’s work at The Partnership is featured in a Harvard Business School case study. She has also served a regional selection panelist for the White House Fellows program under both the Bush and Obama administrations.
 
Bev completed her doctoral studies at Columbia University, Teachers College, with a degree in Adult and Organizational Learning. She is a sought after speaker at conferences and workshops, and has published several articles on the topic of career success.   She is currently employed at TJX Companies as Vice President and Global Head of the OD Center of Expertise.   
 

Dan Ginsberg, J.D.

Senior Visiting Lecturer

BS, Pratt Institute; JD, Suffolk University

Email: dginsberg@framingham.edu

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.

 

Eric Gulko, J.D.

Visiting Associate Professor

BA, Emory University; JD, Boston College Law School

Email: egulko@framingham.edu

Eric teaches the Employee Benefits class at Framingham State University. His teaching focus is on practical application of benefits theories, with active collaboration between the professor and students.  Outside of FSU, Eric is a Vice President and Benefits Consultant for Summit Financial Corporation, a leading employee benefits consulting and administration firm.  Eric brings over fifteen years of experience working in the benefits industry, with expertise in the design, funding, administration, and compliance of employer sponsored benefits programs.  He has also been active in national healthcare reform policy and compliance matters, in the context of client work engaging with the White House, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Labor and other federal agencies. Prior to joining Summit, Eric managed the U.S. benefits programs for Boston Scientific Corporation, and prior to that served as a benefits analyst with Hewitt Associates, implementing benefits solutions for Fortune 500 companies.  Eric obtained his B.A. from Emory University, and his J.D. from Boston College Law School.  Eric is a licensed attorney, a licensed broker in Health, Accident & Life insurance, a member of the New England Employee Benefits Council, and a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Dr. Michael Harrison

Assistant Professor

BS, Central Connecticut State University; MSM, The American College; MBA, Colorado State University; DBA, Southern New Hampshire University

Email: mharrison2@framingham.edu

Dr. Michael Harrison has over 22 years of business experience working with world class corporations including local firms such as Bose Corporation and Fidelity Investments.  Professor Harrison has taught as an Adjunct Professor at UMASS-Boston and in Southern New Hampshire University’s MBA program. He served as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University Summer School and as a guest lecturer at Boston College, Harvard University and Suffolk University. Dr. Harrison’s article on Corruption and Foreign Direct Investment is published in the International Business and Economics Research Journal and his article on US Image and Trust is published in the Global Business Economics Anthology.  He is also published in Framingham State University's Journal of Critical Thinking. Dr. Harrison has presented scholarly articles at Oxford University and Cambridge University. He was named Faculty of the Year by the Framingham State University undergraduates in 2010. Dr. Harrison has taught MGMT 975 Topics in Business. His topic was called "Performance Consulting and Causal Analysis." Dr. Harrison currently teaches MGMT 940 Business and Its Environment and MGMT 968 Managing in a Global Environment for the MBA program.

Barbara G. Holland

Visiting Instructor

BA, Boston University; MEd, Cambridge College

Email: bholland2@framingham.edu

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.

Andrew Letendre, MBA

Visiting Instructor

BS, University of New Hampshire; MBA, Boston University

Email: aletendre@framingham.edu

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.

Tobi Russell

Visiting Instructor

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

Email: trussell1@framingham.edu

Tobi Russell is Vice President of Human Resources - Talent Management, Acquisition and Benefits at Cumberland Gulf Group of Companies headquartered in Framingham MA.

Prior to her current role, Tobi was Vice President of HR Service Delivery at The Hanover Insurance Group located in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Her 28 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 Masters Degree from University of Massachusetts Boston in Instructional Design.  She is on the Executive Committee and serves as the Vice Chair for the Metro West Leadership Academy and is a graduate from the academy class of 1998.  

Tobi lives in Ashland MA and enjoys spending time with her 2 children and 2 dogs.  In her spare time she is an avid tennis player and is active in youth sports and assists with various towns and school fund raising events and activities.