Daniel J. Urman, JD, Content Lead & Producer

Daniel J. UrmanMr. Daniel J. Urman is a full-time faculty member and the director of the Doctorate in Law and Policy (LPD) program. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Political Science and Law & Public Policy, and has been nominated for a university-wide teaching award each year of eligibility. Mr. Urman is also a writing coach at the Posse Foundation, a college access program which in 2010 received a portion of President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize money.

Prior to joining Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies, Mr. Urman served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. He also has worked for private law firms, and served as a law clerk for the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Urman studied Politics and International Relations as a Marshall Scholar at the University of Oxford.

JD, Harvard Law School, 2006
MPhil (Politics and International Relations), University of Oxford, 2003
BA (History and Political Science), University of California, Los Angeles, 2001


Allison Ruda, EdM, Producer, Online Curriculum Designer

Allison RudaAllison Ruda is a Director of Online Programs at Northeastern University Online, where she provides leadership in planning, implementing, managing and evaluating online programs.  Allison has been immersed in the educational technology field for the past ten years, having worked previously at Harvard University, Regis College, and Emerson College before coming to Northeastern in 2007. She has also worked as an independent instructional design consultant and multimedia producer for a number of non-profit and educational organizations.

Allison is currently writing a doctoral thesis for Northeastern’s Doctor of Education degree exploring how the Progressive Education Association’s Eight-Year Study enhances our historical understanding of progressive teachers and teaching in the 1930s.

EdD (Curriculum and Instruction), Northeastern University, Candidate
EdM (Technology in Education), Harvard University Graduate School of Education, 2002
BA (Anthropology), Mount Holyoke College, 1998


Shaunna Harrington, MA, Curriculum Developer

Shaunna HarringtonMs. Shaunna Harrington is a senior fellow for curriculum and instruction, a member of the Curriculum Committee for the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and Master of Education (MEd) programs, and a mentor for adjunct instructors in the Northeastern University College of Professional Studies MEd program. Ms. Harrington piloted the e-Portfolio for the MAT program, and serves as an advisor to the MAT Student Leadership Committee and as a supervisor for MAT students in the teaching practicum in K–12 public schools. In addition to developing dispositions criteria for MAT students, she was a facilitator in the articulation of learning outcomes for MAT students and previously served as a lecturer at the University.

Prior to joining Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies, Ms. Harrington was a lecturer in the Education departments of Merrimack College and Tufts University, as well as a teacher in various public schools and adult learning centers. She also edited curriculum guides for ninth-grade English language arts classes for a collaborative program between the Warburg Foundation and the Boston Public Schools. Ms. Harrington is a member of the board of directors of the Massachusetts Chapter of ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), the National Council for Social Studies, the American Historical Association, and the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians.

PhD (History), Northeastern University, Candidate
MA (Teaching), Boston University School of Education, 1993
BA (Sociology and Women’s Studies), Binghamton University, 1989


Amy Stratman, MAT, Curriculum Developer

Amy StratmanMs. Amy Stratman is the director of Field Placement, a senior fellow, and the University licensure officer in the Northeastern University College of Professional Studies Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. She fosters school-university partnerships that support practice-oriented student teaching experiences in underserved public schools. Ms. Stratman coordinates the placement of student teachers throughout the program, collaborates with MAT colleagues to integrate a core vision of education into all aspects of the program, and serves as a liaison with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Previously, Ms. Stratman served as the University’s associate director of Professional Development Programs and as the program manager for the Institute in Education.

Prior to joining Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies, Ms. Stratman taught world history, American history, and microeconomics at Lexington High School in Massachusetts.

MAT (Secondary Education), Simmons College, 1999
BA (History), UMass Amherst, 1995