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McMilleon, Joseph W.

Adjunct faculty
Lesley University
School Affiliation

Cambridge College School of Management

Academic Focus

Business management courses at undergraduate and graduate levels: human resource management, organization communication and behavior, organizational culture and leadership

Community Involvement

During his entire career, professor McMilleon has actively pursued and served in elective office at the local level:

  • Elected in 1981 as councilor-at-large in Leominster and to the newly formed City Charter Commission. He served on the Leominster City Council for eight years and as president for two years.
  • Elected to the Amesbury, MA, Municipal Council in 2011 and currently serving in that capacity. He has served as president for four years during his tenure in Amesbury.
Courses Taught
  • Human Resource Management
  • Managerial Analysis and Communications
  • Organization Behavior
  • Introduction to Business

M.S. - Lesley University, Cambridge, MA - Human Resource Management

M.S. - Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX - Religious Studies

M.A. - Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg, MA - Educational Counseling

B.A. - University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA - Government and Sociology


We all need to be lifelong learners - I believe this on a personal level and as I teach I try to instill this in my students. Students are individuals with different learning styles and individual life experiences. As I am teaching them, they are teaching me and one another. At the core of my teaching is a focus on experiential learning: practical application of the concepts presented in class is critical. My goal in teaching is that students gain understanding, insight, and the relevant application of the concepts being presented in the courses I teach; it is very important to me that students enjoy the learning process and can integrate the learning into their life experiences.

Professional Experience
  • Supervising social worker at the Robert F. Kennedy Action Core, Lancaster, MA
  • Assistant vice-president at Merchants National Bank, Leominster, MA - in charge of consumer lending, strategic planning, pubic relations, management training. Established the third school-branch bank in Massachusetts.
  • Human resource manager, Leominster Public Schools, Leominster, MA
  • Principal, Haverhill High School, and Lawrence High School, Lawrence, MA - established a successful business education program that was commended by the New England Association of Secondary & College Accreditation and raised over two million dollars in private/public funds to establish a school store, school bank, and school-wide small learning communities. He also implemented the national and Massachusetts model for school guidance counselors.
  • Adjunct Instructor at Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill, MA
  • More than five years of experience as a principal of alternative educational programs for "at risk" students.
Selected Presentations
  • Creating Small Learning Communities and Dealing with "At Risk" Students - Harvard University School of Education
  • Implementing the National School-to-Work Program in a large Urban High School - National School-to-Work Conference in Florida
  • Reading Strategies Across the Curriculum, Lawrence Public Schools
  • Best Practices and Implementing Small Learning Communities in an Urban High School, Haverhill, MA