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Thomas Kerr

Enrollment Specialist
Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies
Office(s):
      Phone:
      • 212-647-7800 ext:1209
      Education
      • MA in Liberal Studies from Empire State College - State University of New York
      • BA in American Studies from University of Missouri - Kansas City
      Subjects of Interest
      • American Studies
      • Creative Writing
      • Labor
      • Literature
      • Philosophy
      Professional Responsibilities / Bio

      Tom Kerr has been supporting the enrollment and actively recruiting non-apprentice students into the Van Arsdale Center’s programs for over ten years. Through his leadership, he coordinated a series of courses offered at the IBEW Local 3 electrical union headquarters location for five years; he also mentored the dozens of students who enrolled in those courses, two of whom received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. He has designed and taught courses; has written for publication; and has been a member of the editing committee of various editions of the Van Arsdale publication, Labor Writes. Tom has presented on PLA topics at conferences in the US, Canada and Europe. His work on Prior Learning Assessment request development for labor leaders has led him to develop an original idea, The Threshold Learning Project (TLP), to support teaching labor leaders how to document experiential and college level learning. The TLP includes a theoretical model, an applicable workbook, and other components. Tom is a poet and is working on a novel, Fathers of the Sea.

      Publications
      • Kerr, T. (2019). "Developing iPLA Requests with Labour Leaders Using the Threshold Learning Model." Work Based Learning e-Journal, (Vol. 8, No. 1).
      • Kerr, T. (2018). "Occupational Confrontations: Regarding PLA Development at the Van Arsdale Center." All About Mentoring, (Issue 51, Winter).
      • Kerr, T. (2016). “Voice and Struggle: A Review of What Did You Learn at Work Today? The Forbidden Lessons of Labor Education by Helen Worthen.” All About Mentoring, (Issue 48, Winter).
      • Kerr, T. (2014). "Thinking of Doing." PLAIO (Prior Learning Assessment Inside Out), (Volume 2, Number 2).
      • Kerr, T. (2013). "An Update on PLA for Labor Leaders and Electricians." The Journal of Continuing Higher Education, (61:183-186).