Randall O. Westbrook


Peter Sammartino School of Education

Credentials, capsule biography:

Westbrook is a faculty member at the School of Education at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey.

A lifelong resident of New Jersey, Westbrook is an honors graduate of Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina, where he was cited for his scholarship and leadership on the local, state and national levels, including special recognition by President Ronald Reagan, the Reverend Jesse Jackson (Operation PUSH), and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Westbrook also holds masters and doctoral degrees from Rutgers University.

In 1999, he was a Featured Historian, on the award-winning PBS documentary “American Masters Series: “Paul Robeson Here I Stand”, which premiered on February 23, 1999 on more than 500 PBS affiliate stations nationwide. In 2003 and 2004, respectively, Westbrook was the featured and keynote speaker at birthday celebrations for acclaimed activist and intellectual W.E.B. DuBois (previous speakers have included activist/singer Pete Seeger, NAACP Chairman Julian Bond and double-Pulitzer Prize Laureate David Levering Lewis). In 2005, Westbrook was a technical advisor and principal researcher on a documentary about Slavery in New Jersey.

Westbrook’s work as a social and political commentator includes forums with nationally syndicated columnists Julianne Malveaux and Armstrong Williams. His first book, a collection of writings by DuBois on Education, is scheduled for release by December 2012. Another book about the early writings of W.E.B. DuBois is forthcoming in late 2013.

Westbrook has lectured in churches, libraries and corporations such as Lucent Technologies, Chubb Insurance Group, A.T&T. and Prudential Insurance Company. An internationally recognized authority on the lives of W.E.B. DuBois and Paul Robeson, he has made more than 200 presentations and has been interviewed or featured on WMTR Radio, News 12 New Jersey, The New York Times, The Courier News, The Newark Star Ledger, and the Hartford (CT) Courant.

Short Abstract

I have lectured and written extensively about the lives of W.E.B. DuBois Paul Robeson. My work can be found in publications such as The Journal for African American History, and the Lincoln Journal for Social and Political Thought. Through my work on the life and work of Paul Robeson, I am proud to have been a founding member of the Paul Robeson Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Social Justice, housed at Raritan Valley Community College in North Branch, New Jersey.

I have also conducted workshops and presented lectures on diverse topics such as The Life and Legacy of Abraham Lincoln, the Harlem Renaissance, slavery, diversity training and preparing for college.

Peter Sammartino School of Education
Mail Stop T-BH2-01
1000 River Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666

Courses Taught


· Gender and Communication

· Perspectives on the Individual

· Professional Communications

· History and Film

· Field Experience II: The Infusion of Technology

· Field Experience III: Students and Teaching

· Seminar in Professional Practice I: The Teacher’s Role in the School and Community

· Seminar in Professional Practice II: Teachers as Educational Leaders

· Seminar in Professional Practice III: The Functions of Teaching


· Applied Field Experience: Advanced Special Projects

· Apprenticeship Teaching Seminar

· Final Project: Applied Research

· Master’s Seminar: Research Specialization

· Philosophy of Education (Independent Study)

· Research in Curriculum Development

Advisory Rsponsibilities:

School of Education:

· History

· Political Science

· Psychology Majors

Community College Partnership Students at Raritan Valley Community College