Faculty

Martha K. Field

Economics/Business

A.S., B.S., M.S., University of Massachusetts
Ph.D., University of Connecticut

E132H 775-1421 field@gcc.mass.edu

Professor Martha Field returns to the BIT faculty after spending the past 12 years as GCC’s Dean of Institutional Support and Advancement.  She teaches primarily economics and enjoys giving some pizzazz to “the dismal science.”  She is a co-author of the textbook Environmental Economics An Introduction (now in its 6th edition) with her husband, who teaches at UMass Amherst.

She started college by earning her Associate degree from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture and alternated between college and work until finally earning her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Connecticut.

Besides teaching at GCC, Martha has taught at the University of Massachusetts, Mount Holyoke College, Westfield State University, Holyoke Community College and the Consumer Cooperative Institute at Gomel, Belarus. Martha is a current trustee of the Plan for Progress of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.

She enjoys talking with students, hearing about their interests, and helping students transfer or find internships.  Sometimes you’ll see her getting outside for fresh air and taking a walk along College Drive.  Last year she completed hiking the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail.

Thomas Fredrick

Accounting/Business

A.S., Kirkwood Community College
B.B.A., M.B.A., University of Massachusetts
Massachusetts Certified Public Accountant

E132J 775-1493 fredrickt@gcc.mass.edu

In addition to teaching at GCC, Thomas Fredrick operates a small private CPA firm from a home office location providing accounting and tax services to individuals, partnerships, corporations and trusts. He has held prior positions as a staff accountant, manager and partner in a regional CPA firm; a dairy farmer; and a manager or a feed and fertilizer outlet. He was also a member of the United States Air Force for several years stationed at various US and overseas locations. At GCC, Tom supervises BIT’s annual volunteer income tax program, which provides tax preparation services free of charge for the local community.

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Jeffrey Galbraith

Business/Management

A.A., St. John’s College
B.A., Concordia Senior College
M.Div., Th.M., Harvard University Divinity School
M.B.A., University of Massachusetts
Ph.D., Boston University

E132M 775-1483 galbraith@gcc.mass.edu

My interest is in all things management. My areas of research include management control systems, statistical quality control, business strategy, and managerial communication. I am a member of the Academy of Management and the Institute of Management Accountants. For me teaching is the name of the game. I love the dynamics of the classroom. I regularly teach management, financial accounting, management accounting, and managerial communications. My class motto is that “Your success is my business.” I believe that teaching and learning go hand in hand. Therefore, I seek to create a classroom that makes learning fun and where all are heard and respected. William Butler Yeats once remarked that “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” I try to keep this foremost in my mind whenever I am teaching. I also have an interest in the history of philosophy. So that I do not sit around all of the time, I find time for table tennis, golf, and my tread mill.

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Thomas Simmons

Business/Economics
Co-Chair, Business & Information Technology

B.S., Hofstra University
J.D., Hofstra Law School

E132K 775-1471 simmonst@gcc.mass.edu

Thom is a native New Yorker and a graduate of Hofstra University (1981) and Hofstra Law School (1984). Upon graduation, Thom served in marketing and managerial capacities for WordsWorth Books and Consolidated Freightways. In 1990, Mr. Simmons was hired by the Martha’s Vineyard Regional Planning & Economic Development Commission, where he served as Administrator until 1998. During that time, Tully assisted over 200 new business ventures negotiate regulatory processes, assisted in the development of an aquaculture facility with the Wampanoag Tribe, achieved a 20-mile extension to the island’s bicycle path system, wrote new coastal zone and harbor regulations,and developed the financial procedures for the Commonwealth’s Revolving Septic Upgrade Loan Fund.

Beginning in 1998, Tully began teaching courses for Greenfield Community College in a collaborative effort with the State Department of Food and Agriculture, and was hired full-time in 2000.  He now Co-Chairs the Business Department, and continues to teach a wide variety of courses ranging from Sports Economics to Introduction to Fashion & Textiles.  He is one of the institution’s pioneers in delivering courses in an online format, advises the Business Club, and serves on the Faculty Advisory Board of the Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Foundation.

Thom is an active member of the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, with recent duties at Boston Lighthouse, Fire Island National Seashore, the Connecticut River, and Narragansett Bay. His other interests include early medieval European history, musical theater, NY Red Bulls Soccer, boating, and gardening. He lives with his partner Danny Tyrell in Shelburne Falls, MA.

Douglas Wilkins

Computer Information Systems
Co-Chair, Business & Information Technology

B.Ed., Colorado State University
M.Ed., Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

E132P 775-1493 wilkins@gcc.mass.edu

Doug was the first Director of Technology for the Mohawk Trail Regional School District from 1995 to 1999, and has extensive experience with using technology in the classroom.  He has taught computer courses here at GCC since 1980.

Hobbies and activities include hiking and backpacking, SCUBA diving, member of the Heath Volunteer Fire Department, Heath Town Moderator, and he is one of the few old-fashioned square dance callers in the region.