Faculty Profile

  • Thomas F. Gibbons

    Thomas F. Gibbons is dean of Northwestern University School of Professional Studies, a senior lecturer with Northwestern's School of Law. Gibbons, a former labor attorney with more than 20 years of experience in negotiations, mediation and arbitration, regularly teaches courses in the field of mediation, arbitration and conflict resolution on the undergraduate and graduate levels at Northwestern University. He has taught mediation training at the School of Professional Studies for the past 10 years. Gibbons is a labor arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, Illinois Labor Department and Illinois Public Employees Arbitration Roster. He also serves as an employment mediator for the American Arbitration Association and Illinois Public Employees Mediation Roster, as well as a conciliator for the Archdiocese of Chicago's Office of Conciliation. Gibbons regularly writes on ADR topics, including chapter author for Alternative Dispute Resolution, published by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, and topic author for Elkouri and Elkouri's How Arbitration Works, published by the American Bar Association and BNA Publishing. He is also the past president of the Chicago Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution, and a past co-chair of the Chicago Bar Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, and past president of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association. Gibbons holds law degrees from Yale Law School and DePaul University College of Law. He also holds a master's degree from Drew University and a bachelor's degree from Fordham University.