Framingham State campus
Robert AwkwardRobert Awkward
Program Coordinator and Advisor
Senior Instructor

BA, MS Northeastern University
MEd Boston University

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. He is currently a doctoral candidate pursuing his Ph.D. in Higher Education at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Dr. Michael HarrisonDr. Michael Harrison
Assistant Professor

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

Dr. Mary RogersDr. Mary Rogers
Professor Emeritus

BA College of Our Lady of the Elms
MBA Western New England College
PhD University of Massachusetts

Throughout her work at Framingham State University, Dr. Rogers has focused on developing innovative teaching techniques using technology. In particular, Dr. Rogers worked with a team of faculty and administrators from the Massachusetts Higher Educational system to develop and carry out a multimedia, multi-campus collaborative distance learning course as a prototype for training global student teams that used live video conferencing and digital communications among the various campuses. The faculty team has presented these results at International and National Management conferences held in New Orleans, LA, Costa Rica, Portugal, South Africa, Amsterdam, Brazil, and Turkey. Her research focus has been issues around team development and creating a team environment conducive to creativity. The interest in global student teams began when she served as an International Expert for Operations Management, Accounting and Business English, in 1995 at Heileijong Commercial College Harbin, Heileijong Province, Peoples Republic of China. She was awarded the rank of Honorary Professor, Heileijong Commercial College, upon completion of her semester with the college. With her interest in global education, Dr. Rogers has traveled abroad with students to China, Russia, Turkey, Ireland, Wales, England, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Greece, France and Spain.

Dr. Mary Rogers earned a Bachelor of Arts from College of Our Lady of the Elms with a Major in Mathematics and a minor in Education. She began her career as an Actuarial Technician working for Connecticut General Life Insurance Company in corporate pension plan analysis. While working at CG, Dr. Rogers began her MBA with a concentration in Accounting at Western New England University where later she began her academic career as an adjunct professor of management. From that position she moved to a full-time PhD program at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, receiving a PhD in Organization Studies with a minor in Psychology.

Eric Gulko Eric Gulko
Associate Professor

B.A., Emory University
J.D., Boston College Law School

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.

Martin KennedyMartin Kennedy
Senior Instructor

BA, MEd Boston College
MBA Northeastern University

Martin Kennedy has been teaching courses in Management since the mid 1980's with a short break here and there. He has a Master's Degree in Education from Boston College and an MBA from Northeastern University. He has taught in the MPA and the MHA programs for many years and focuses on Leadership as well as Personnel Administration. He teaches with a combination of styles but with a heavy focus on practical application of material learned. He is currently employed by the City of Somerville as a Special Education Supervisor. His forty year career has wound its way around public and private schools and organizations. He has two adult children and has been married to Ellen Lang for thirty four years. Martin's pastimes include being an amateur builder on his land in New Hampshire.


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PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA 01701-9101


Phone: 508-620-1220