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Nancy (Foley) Dembek teaches Business and Technical Writing and English Composition.
She is the principal author of Hurt on the Job: A Guide to the Massachusetts Workers Compensation System, a book published by the Western Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health. In 2014, Western MassCOSH honored Professor Dembek with the Harriet Hardy Professional Award in recognition of the many years she has spent helping injured workers and promoting workplace safety. As senior program director at Western MassCOSH, she served as a grant writer, event coordinator, safety trainer and leader of a support group for injured workers.
Prior to her work in the nonprofit sector, Professor Dembek was a newspaper reporter and copy editor. She was assigned for three years to cover the Springfield police beat for the Springfield Union-News (now The Republican). She wrote about homicides, robberies, community policing efforts, and her special projects included spending several days with the Narcotics Bureau and the police assigned to the Springfield schools.
Professor Dembek has a masters degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a second masters degree in education from Elms College. She earned her bachelors degree in psychology at UW-Madison.