Faculty Profile

  • Thomas F. Gibbons

    Thomas F. Gibbons is the Dean of Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies, and a Senior Lecturer with Northwestern’s School of Law. Tom, a labor and employment attorney who practiced law in Chicago, has more than 20 years of experience in the field of dispute resolution. He is a mediator with extensive experience doing employment and business mediations, as well as serving as a neutral for clergy-abuse personal injury litigation over the past dozen years. Tom is also a seasoned labor and employment arbitrator, and is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators. He serves on panels for the American Arbitration Association, the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, the Illinois Labor Department, and many permanent employment panels. Tom has taught ADR to undergraduate, graduate and law students, and has won three Northwestern University teaching awards. He is the past president of the Association for Conflict Resolution, Chicago Chapter, and the past chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. He is also the past president of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association, and is the 2014–15 Innovation Fellow for the Washington, D.C.-based professional association. Tom earned his undergraduate degree at Fordham University, a master’s from Drew University, and holds law degrees from Yale Law School and DePaul’s College of Law.