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Fellows and Affiliated Faculty


One of the Center's key strategic objectives has been to strengthen the bridge between the corporate and academic worlds. Towards this end, the Center has sponsored many activities to bring together representatives from academia and organizations to encourage thoughtful and productive sharing of knowledge. The appointment of academic fellows has been an important strategy to support this. These appointments are intended to provide academic input and to stimulate the Roundtable, while at the same time providing researchers with the opportunity to interact with work/life practitioners. We are fortunate to have many leaders in the field as fellows of the Center.



Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Professor, and Director, Center for Families
Purdue University

Shelley joined the Center for Work & Family as an academic fellow in 1997. She received an MBA in Management and Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on relationships between job conditions and family life, with special interests in organizational size, adult development, and organizational policies, and has been published in scientific journals including the Journal of Marriage and Family and the Academy of Management Journal.

Shelley is the Associate Dean of the College of Consumer and Family Sciences and a Professor in the Department of Child Development and Family Studies at Purdue University, where she also directs the Center for Families and the Military Family Research Institute. Additionally, in her role as the Director of the Midwestern Work Family Association (MWFA), Shelley joined the Center in its partnership with One Small Step on the BalanceSheets Series, and with former NEWFA Director Judi Casey, she has presented on the role of regional work/life organizations.

In 1999, Shelley's Center on Families initiated, along with CWF, the first-ever Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work/Life Research. Shelley is committed to working with the Center to strengthen the bridge between the academic and corporate worlds. Her research has been supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Henry A. Murray Center, the Department of Defense, the Lilly Endowment, and the state of Indiana; and has earned awards from the Groves Conference and Gamma Sigma Delta.  She recently served as the civilian co-chair of the Department of Defense Task Force on Mental Health.  She is a 2006 winner of the Work-Life Legacy Award from the Families and Work Institute and in 2005, Shelley was named a fellow of the National Council on Family Relations. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Family Issues, Family Relations, and Journal of Family and Economic Issues.


Michàlle Mor Barak, Ph.D.
School of Social Work and the Marshall School of Business
University of Southern California

Michàlle Mor Barak, Ph.D., is a Professor at the University of Southern California with a joint appointment in the School of Social Work and the Marshall School of Business. She received a B.A. and M.S.W. from the University of Haifa in Israel and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

She holds the Lenore Stein-Wood and the William S. Wood Professorship of Social Work and Business in a Global Society and is the Chair of the Work/Life concentration: Social Work in the Workplace. A principal investigator on several large research projects, she has published extensively in the areas of workforce diversity and inclusion in the U.S. and in a global context, social work practice in the workplace, workplace stress and social support, older workers, and work-family integration. She has authored three books, Social Networks and Health (Garland, 1991), Social Services in the Workplace (Haworth, 2000) and Managing Diversity: Toward a Globally Inclusive Workplace (Sage 2005). Her most recent book won the Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Titles for 2006 by the Association of College and University Libraries.

Professor Mor Barak has received numerous awards of distinction, including a Fulbright award, the Lady Davis award for international exchange scholars, the University of California Regents Award, the Mellon Foundation Award for Excellence in Mentorship, and the Sterling C. Franklin Distinguished Faculty Award for Research and Scholarship.  She has been invited to give keynote addresses and received grants to lead prestigious conferences around the world, including the Rockefeller Foundation's grant for a conference on global workforce diversity in Bellagio, Italy, and the Borchard Foundation's grant to lead a global think tank of scholars on diversity management at the Chateau de la Bretesche, France.


Jennifer Swanberg, Ph.D.
Professor of Social Work, University of Maryland

Jennifer E. Swanberg, Ph.D., is Professor of Social Work at University of Maryland and was formerly the Executive Director of the Institute for Workplace Innovation, University of Kentucky, which she founded in 2006. Dr. Swanberg’s research focuses on the development of workplace and public policies that will enhance the health and work-life of vulnerable working populations.  Dr. Swanberg’s expertise includes low-wage work, work-life, healthy organizations, and designing and implementing community and employer-engaged studies utilizing both qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches.

Dr. Swanberg is currently principal investigator of the Latino Thoroughbred Farm Worker Health and Safety Study, a five year multi-method study, funded by CDC’s National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Her research on flexible work arrangements for hourly low-wage workers, previously funded by the Ford Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is the basis for a multisite randomized control intervention that she is designing in collaboration with a national quality of life services firm. Dr. Swanberg is also co-leading a feasibility study exploring how job conditions influence low-wage earning breast cancer survivors’ employment, treatment, and recovery.

Dr. Swanberg is Treasurer/Secretary of the Work-Family Researchers Network and Editor of Community, Work & Family. She has been published in top-tier research journals and is frequently consulted by the media about work-family issues. In 2010, she was invited by President and First Lady Obama to the White House Forum on Workplace Flexibility. Dr. Swanberg has a Ph.D. in Social Policy, a MMHS in Management from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management, and a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of New Hampshire.


Affiliated Faculty

In addition to the Center's full-time staff, there are a number of Boston College (and other University) faculty members who work closely with the Center. These outstanding individuals are doing work in the field that extends the expertise and "reach" of the Center in many interesting ways. Most often, their involvement with CWF involves collaborative research, which may be supported by our members and which we in turn make visible and available to our members. If you are interested in knowing more about the work of our Center Affiliates, please contact the Center.



Brad Googins
Executive Director
Center for Corporate Citizenship
Boston College

Brad is the Executive Director of the Center for Corporate Citizenship (CCC) at Boston College and a Professor in the Department of Organizational Studies at the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. The Center for Corporate Citizenship is a leading voice in corporate citizenship, through its research, executive education, and national and international convenings. It maintains an active partnership with over 300 businesses who are members of the Center. Prior to his appointment to this role, Brad founded and for six years directed the Boston College Center for Work & Family.

Dr. Googins is the author of several books and monographs including: "The Company of Choice, Strategic Responses: Corporate Involvement in Family and Community Issues," and "Balancing Job and Homelife Study: Changes Over Time in a Corporation; and Work-Family Stress - Private Lives, Public Responses."  A graduate of Boston College, Dr. Googins received a Masters in Social Work, Community Organization and Social Planning from the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, and a Ph.D. in social policy from the Heller Graduate School at Brandeis University. Brad also serves as a Co-Editor of The International Journal , Community, Work and Family.


Douglas T. (Tim) Hall
Founding Director, Executive Development Roundtable
Professor, Organizational Behavior
Boston University School of Management

Tim is the Founding Director of the Executive Development Roundtable and a Professor of Organizational Behavior in the School of Management at Boston University. He is also a core faculty member of the Human Resources Policy Institute. He has served as Acting Dean and Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Faculty Director for the Masters Programs at the School of Management. He received his graduate degrees from the Sloan School of Management at M.I.T. He has held faculty positions at Yale, York, Michigan State and Northwestern Universities, as well as visiting positions at Columbia, Minnesota, and the US Military Academy at West Point. At Northwestern, he held the Earl Dean Howard Chair in Organizational Behavior and served as department chair. In the Spring of 2002 he was a visiting Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury, in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Tim is the co-author of Career Management and Work/Life Integration: A guide to Meaningful Work and a Meaningful Life (Sage Publications, scheduled for lage 2006) with Center for Work & Family Executive Director Brad Harrington. He is the co-author of The Career is Dead - Long Live the Career: A Relational Approach to Careers, Careers in Organizations, Organizational Climates and Careers, The Two-Career Couple, Experiences in Management and Organizational Behavior, Career Development in Organizations, Human Resource Management: Strategy Design and Implementation, and Handbook of Career Theory and Careers In and Out of Organizations. 

He is a recipient of the American Psychological Association's James McKeen Cattell Award (now called the Ghiselli Award) for research design, the American Society for Training and Development's Walter Storey Professional Practice Award, and the Academy of Management's Everett C. Hughes Award for Career Research. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and of the Academy of Management, where he served as a member of the Board of Governors and as President of the Organizational Behavior Division and co-founder and President of the Careers Division. He was also a member of the Board of Governors of the Center for Creative Leadership. He has served on the editorial boards of eight scholarly journals. His research and consulting activities have dealt with career development, women's careers, career plateauing, work/family balance, and executive succession. He has served as a consultant to organizations such as Sears, AT&T, General Electric, Honeywell, Ford Motor Company, Eli Lilly, the World Bank, and the United States Army.


Jamie Ladge, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Human Resources Management
Northeastern University

Jamie Ladge completed her doctorate in Organization Studies at Boston College. Jamie was a fellow at BC's Center for Work & Family from 2007-2008.

Jamie's primary research interests are with the intersection of careers, identity and work-life integration.  In her dissertation research, Jamie explores how first-time mothers re-define and evaluate their maternal and professional identity and efficacy following re-entry. She also looks at how aspects of an organization can influence this re-definition and evaluation of a woman's identity after re-entry. Jamie has received several academic fellowships and awards for her research including a competitive doctoral student fellowship award from the Graduate Management Admissions Council's Management Education Research Institute and a dissertation completion fellowship from Boston College. Her recent research work has been published in Organizational Dynamics and the Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. She also has published a number of Harvard Business School cases.

Jamie earned her B.S. from Babson College, MBA from Simmons College, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Boston College.  Prior to beginning the doctoral program at B.C., Jamie worked in consulting and e-commerce firms.  She resides in Newton with her husband and three children.


Sharon Lobel, Ph.D.
Professor of Management
Albers School of Business and Economics
Seattle University

Sharon joined the Center for Work & Family as an academic fellow in 1993. She received an MA and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University and is currently a Professor of Management at Seattle University. Her research focuses on the many aspects of managing diversity in organizations. Over the years, Sharon has contributed to many projects and publications at the Center including authorship of the Center's policy papers, "Work/Life and Diversity" and "Quality of Life in Brazil and Mexico."

Her current research interests include values related to work and personal life choices, values of MBA students and how they change, and leadership education.  She has published in Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Perspectives and elsewhere.  She teaches in the Executive Leadership Program and in other courses offered by the Center for Leadership Formation at Seattle University.