Marick Masters

Marick Masters


Professor of Management
Interim Chair of Finance
Interim Chair of Accounting





Mike Ilitch School of Business
2771 Woodward Avenue
Room 436
Detroit, MI 48201

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Marick Masters

Academic Programs

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Management


Business and labor political activity, Labor unions, Union finances, Federal/public sector labor-management relations, Conflict management, Negotiations, Workplace privacy, Employee voice and engagement, U.S. elections

Research and teaching interests


  • Union finances
  • Business and labor political action
  • Workplace conflict
  • Workplace privacy
  • Federal sector labor-management relations


  • Negotiations
  • Conflict Resolution in the Workplace
  • Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution


  • 1977 B.S. University of Illinois
  • 1979 M.P.A. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
  • 1983 Ph.D. University of Illinois Labor and Industrial Relations (October 1983) Major Discipline: Political Science; Minor Discipline: Economics 


Marick F. Masters is currently interim chair of the Department of Finance at Wayne State University, where he is also a professor of management and adjunct professor of political science. Masters previously served as director of Labor@Wayne. Prior to his arrival at Wayne State, Masters served on the faculties of the Department of Management at Texas A&M University and the Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh, where he was associate dean (interim) and director of M.B.A. programs. He has published numerous articles and two books: Unions at the Crossroads and The Complete Guide to Conflict Resolution in the Workplace. Labor@Wayne includes the Douglas A. Fraser Center for Workplace Issues and the Master of Arts in Employment and Labor Relations. Professor Masters received his Ph.D. in labor and industrial relations from the University of Illinois. He has commented extensively in various media and is a senior partner with the consulting firm of Albright, Irr and Masters (AIM Consulting) based in New London, CT. He is also a former candidate for the U.S. Congress in Pennsylvania. His research and teaching interests are in negotiations, business and labor political activities, and union finances. 

Professional experience

  • 2009: Director, Labor@Wayne and Professor of Business, Wayne State University [Direct the Douglas A. Fraser Center for Workplace Issues, Labor Studies Center, Master of Arts in Employment and Labor Relations (MAELR) and Labor Studies undergraduate major.] Adjunct Professor Political Science
  • 1998-2009: Professor of Business Administration and of Public and International Affairs Katz Graduate School of Business,Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
  • 1996: Professor of Business Administration, Katz Graduate School of Business University of Pittsburgh
  • 1993: Associate Dean (Interim), Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh
  • 1990-93: Director of MBA Programs, Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh
  • 1989-92: Human Resource Management Faculty Interest Group Coordinator, Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh
  • 1989-96: Associate Professor of Business Administration, Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh
  • 1986-89: Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh
  • 1982-86: Assistant Professor of Management, Texas A & M University
  • 1979-82: Research and Teaching Assistant, Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, University of Illinois

Other experience

  • Columnist, “Human Resource Management,” Dividends,1998.
  • Columnist, Human Resource Management News,1999-2001.
  • Columnist, “Point-Counterpoint,” Pittsburgh Business Times, 2007
  • Editor, Workplace Newsletter, Association for Conflict Resolution, 2004-2007.
  • Academic Director, Copperweld Corporation Executive Education Program,1993-1995. (Designed and directed several executives programs for top executives of Copperweld and the company’s entire sales force.)
  • Academic Director, Oberg Industries Corporation Executive Program, 1997-1998 (Designed and directed customized program for Oberg’s top executives)
  • Academic Director, Katz Management Advancement Program,1998-1999.
  • Academic Director, Mine Safety and Appliances Management Program, 1998.
  • Academic Co-Director, University of Pittsburgh Physicians and Katz Leadership Program for Physicians, 2006-2007.
  • Candidate for Democratic nomination for U.S Congress, 18th District, PA, 1992.



  • Marick F. Masters, Robert Albright, and Ray Gibney. "The Future of Unions." Human Resource Management Review, forthcoming.
  • Marick F. Masters, Robert Albright, and Ray Gibney. "The Political and Economic Attack on Federal
    Employee Unions." Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal, forthcoming.
  • Marick F. Masters and Robert Albright. "Is There a Future for Labor-Management
    Cooperation?" Conflict Resolution Quarterly, forthcoming.
  • Marick F. Masters, Christina S. Merchant, and Robert M. Tobias. 2014. "Clinton Partnerships Show
    Benefits of Public Sector Collaboration." The Public Manager, 43, (2): 36-37.
  • Robert Hebdon, Joseph E. Slater, and Marick F. Masters, 2013. "Public Sector Collective Bargaining:
    Tumultuous Times." Collective Bargaining Under Duress, Howard R. Stanger, Paul F. Clark, and Ann C.
    Frost, eds. Champaign, IL: LERA: 255-296.
  • Ray Gibney, Marick F. Masters, and Tom Zagenczyk, 2013. "The Face(book) of
    Unionism." International Journal of E-Politics, 4,(4): 1-12.
  • Ray Gibney, Marick F. Masters, Tom Zagenczyk, Thomas T. Amlie, and Stephen P. Brady. 2012. "Union
    Participation: A Social Exchange Perspective," Journal of Management Policy and Practice, Volume
    13, (4): 35-49.
  • Marick F. Masters, Robert R. Albright, and Ray Gibney. 2010. "The State of Public Employee
    Unionism." Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, 22, 3 (September): 255-274.
  • Marick F. Masters, Robert Albright, and Ray F. Gibney. 2010."Linking Labor- Management Relations
    to Improved Agency Performance." The Public Manager, (Spring): 69-71.
  • Marick F. Masters, Ray Gibney, Tom Zagenczyk, and Iryna Shevchuk. 2010. "Union
    Members' Usage of IT." Industrial Relations, 49, 1 (January): 84-91.


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  • Outstanding Teacher, CBA University of Pittsburgh General Management, 2008
  • Awarded Leadership Award from Association for Conflict Resolution, October 2006
  • Selected for Beta Gamma Sigma, 2003
  • Served on Review Board to Select Federal Senior Executive Service Recipients of 2002 Presidential Rank Awards Program.
  • Top Ranked Instructors, MBA Essentials Program, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Recipient of Katz Alumni H. J. Zoffer Service Award, May 2000
  • Awarded Certificate of Appreciation by President Clinton's National Partnership Council, July 1997
  • Graduated with High Honors, University of Illinois, 1977
  • Elected to Southern Illinois University and University of Illinois Chapters of Phi Kappa Phi
  • University Fellow, University of Illinois