Dr. Sharon Timberlake earned her BA from Colby College and her MA and PhD from USM's Muskie School of Public Service. She teaches Leadership, Organizational Theory, Conflict, Risk, Diversity in the Workplace, Toward a Global Ethics, Managing Organizational Change and Development, and Research Methods, among other courses in the Leadership and Organizational Studies (LOS) Program at LAC. Her research and publications have focused on collaboration, particularly among municipalities in response to the arrival of newcomer populations and issues related to gender and the workplace. Prior to joining the academic community at LAC, Dr. Timberlake worked for the Maine Ethics Commission and for over twenty years with the Maine Department of Labor focusing on economic development, migrant labor, low income youth and older worker programs, and employment and training. She later served as the Director of Dislocated Worker Programs for a nonprofit agency in Washington, DC and as the Executive Director of a social service agency in Portland that provided childcare for young low-income families, outdoor adventure-based counseling for at-risk youth, and a drop-in center for homeless teens.
Her community service work includes serving on the Board of the Locker Project providing nutritious food to school children in Maine.