William was raised in Brazil where he participated in the student and later the labor movement, as an activist in the metal workers union. After moving to the United States he worked as an ironworker and was also active in his local union, holding various leadership positions. He received a BA in Historical Studies from Empire State College, State University of New York (SUNY), an MA and PhD in Historical Studies and Political Science from the Graduate Faculty-New School for Social Research. His major areas of research are social and labor movements in Brazil and in the United States, specifically examining the intersection of class and political power in a historical perspective. He has published articles and book chapters both in the US and in Brazil, exploring labor organizing, globalization, education and working class political participation. He has recently published the book New York Longshoremen, Class and Power on the Docks (University of Florida Press, 2010). He is currently conducting research that explores the problems of class and consciousness illustrated by the emergence of conservative working class organizations in Brazil over time. He has also been responsible for the organization of the Labor Studies International Program Brazil, Conflict and Social Justice, since 2005.
Dr. Andrea Tamburro is the Director of the BSW Program in Social Work at Indiana University Northwest. She joined the faculty in 2010. Dr. Tamburro is from Indiana and is returning after teaching and coordinating a Social Work and Human Services Open Learning Program (distance education) in Canada. She completed a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. The emphasis of her research is Social Work Accreditation and the inclusion of diverse perspectives in Social Work including Indigenous curriculum content. She earned her MSW from the University of Iowa. Her practice experience includes social work with diverse populations in the areas of corrections, mental health, domestic violence, and child protection in urban and rural areas. She is a member of the Shawnee Piqua Tribe, a recognized tribe in the State of Alabama.
Dr. Mark Thomas, who is on the MSW committee and the MSW online committee, received his PhD in 2005 from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). The title of his dissertation was the "Co-Occurrence of Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence: A Comparison of Dual-Problem Men." His practice background is in the substance abuse and child welfare fields. His research interests include substance abuse, domestic violence, and aging. Prior to accepting the position at Indiana University Northwest, Dr. Thomas taught at UIC and Dominican University, and served as Project Manager for a large multi-state study on assisted living for the Department of Veteran Affairs.