Michael Childers


Professor & Department Director



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BS in Industrial Engineering, MS and PhD in Workforce Education & Development, SIU Carbondale. Michael joined the School for Workers after completing his graduate degrees and post-doctorate fellowship and brings diverse management and engineering experience from a wide variety of industries, including basic steel, machining, metal fabrication, and plastics manufacturing. In addition to steward, bargaining, financial officer, and leadership courses, Michael’s teaching interests include industrial engineering topics such as time study, production standards, lean production, job evaluation, and incentive & gainsharing pay systems. He also assists unions to be more effective in utilizing technology, including teaching computer skills and internet research, and has expertise in program evaluation.