NUAAUP Advocacy Chapter Officers

President:     George Beckwith, Ed. D. is a Professor in the Department of Teacher Education, School of Education, National University and has been a faculty member at NU for 13 years.   He has been the Faculty Senate Chair, served as the Senate Academic Personnel Chair, Graduate Council Committee Chair for both the Program Review Committee and the Graduate Council Assessment Committee. He served as the Interim Dean for the School of Engineering and Computing, the SOE Online Coordinator, Chair of the WASC Visit Faculty Development Committee, and a member of the NU President’s Committee for online learning. 

He has been a member of the National American Association of University Professors (AAUP) since 2006 and has presented papers at the National AAUP on Academic Freedom and Shared Governance in a Private, Non-Tenured University and Creating a Culture of Academic Learning and Assessment via Shared Governance. He has a Bachelor’s in Experimental Psychology from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, a Master’s in Educational Psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and a Doctor of Education from Alliant University in San Diego.

Vice President:  Alex Zukas, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Social Sciences, College of Letters and Sciences (COLS), and has been a full-time faculty member at National University for 20 years.  He has been Vice Chair and Chair of the Faculty Senate and has served as Chair of the University Faculty Personnel Committee and as Chair of the Department of Social, Cultural, and Literary Studies (now the Department of Social Sciences).  Alex has overseen the development and operation of the Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies, the Bachelor of Arts in History, and the Master of Arts in History at National University.  He has also served as a member of the College Board’s National Task Force on the Arts in Education.

He earned his B.A., M.A, and Ph.D. degrees in history from the University of California, Irvine. His research interests are in modern social and economic history and the history of cartography with an emphasis on European and world history and he is the recipient of a Clum Charles and Gwendolyn Bucher Endowment Faculty Scholarship Abroad Award from National University and a German Academic Exchange Service fellowship from the German government to support his historical research.

Alex has been a member of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) since 2003 and currently serves as the Vice President for Private Colleges and Universities of the California Conference of the American Association of University Professors (CA-AAUP).

Secretary:    Jack Hamlin, J.D., M.S. is an Associate Professor in the School of Professional Studies at National University in La Jolla, California.  He holds Bachelor Degrees in Sociology and Psychology from San Diego State University, a Masters in Forensic Sciences from National University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego, School of Law. After eight years in Law Enforcement, he was a trial lawyer specializing criminal defense and family law. He sat for three years as a judge pro tem in the San Diego Superior Court, Family Division. At National University he serves as the director of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.                Dr. Hamlin has also served as an instructor and senior mediator for the San Diego Restorative Justice Mediation Program since 2007. He serves as a board member for the Irish Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in Wicklow, Ireland and Center for the Theory and Philosophy of Human Rights, University Lodz, Poland.

He has been invited to speak internationally on the subjects of conflict transformation and restorative justice, including the Parliament of the European Union in Brussels, Belgium and the Irish Dail.

Treasurer:  Preston Chipps, M.S, is a Part-Time Faculty Member in the School of Education. Preston has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UCLA, a Master of Science in Counseling from SDSU, and is a National Certified Counselor and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. He has taught at National University since 1999. He retired as a Career Counselor from SDSU in 2012, and is currently a member of Industrial Workers of the World, and the AAUP.