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Marsha Love, MA, MA

Program Development Manager


Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Pronouns: She, her, hers


Building & Room:

1021 SPHPI


1603 W. Taylor St.

Office Phone:

(312) 996-9568


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I have worked as an educator, researcher and administrator in occupational safety and health for more than 30 years. For much of that time I was based in New York City, working for the labor movement. I established and directed the worker health and safety programs at two large regional unions, AFSCME DC 37 and CWA District 1. I was also an adult education consultant for workforce development programs and did adjunct teaching on worker health and safety in labor studies programs in New York (at Cornell University and in the CUNY system). I joined the staff of the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health (UIC SPH) in 2008 as a program developer for continuing education and outreach efforts in its Illinois Education & Research Center. I also have an appointment as an Instructor in the UIC SPH Environmental & Occupational Safety and Health Sciences Division. At the Illinois ERC I respond to requests from labor unions, worker centers, faith based organizations, non-profit workforce development organizations, and community groups to develop customized curricula and train-the-trainer workshops to build their organizational capacity to address workplace hazards. I also provide technical assistance to these organizations in researching hazards and occupational health policy issues affecting their constituents. I have a long-standing commitment to advancing health protections for low wage and immigrant workers in hazardous occupations and precarious employment situations, and I have also begun to focus on health promotion projects for this population. I also collaborate on action research projects within our division at UIC SPH and with other divisions at the School.

Selected Grants

NIOSH, Illinois Safety & Health Education & Research Center, outreach specialist, health educator

NIOSH, UIC Center for Healthy Work, outreach specialist, health educator

Selected Publications

Ochsner, M., Love, M., Lynch, R., DeJohn, L., & Huie, S. (1998). What is happening to injured computer users: A study of CWA District 1 members. New Solutions, 8 (3), 309-328.

Love, M., Tillery, B. & Carroll, A. (2011). Taking Action for a Safe Workplace: Materials for English Language Learning Teachers. New York: NYCOSH & Make the Road New York.(Available from OSHA at:

Davenport, S., Love, M., Castillo, S., Meza, N., Gannon, B., Wise, J. & Gadomski. J. (2013). Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Guide. 1st Edition. Midwest Latino Health Research, Training & Policy Center. Chicago: University of Illinois at Chicago. (Available from MLHRTPC at (Curriculum for Community Health Workers to teach clients)

Delp, L., Brandt-Rauf, S. & Love, M. (2014) Ensuring Workplace Protections for Temporary Workers. Policy Statement # 20148. Washington, DC: American Public Health Association. (Available from APHA at:

Dickson, A., Davenport, S. & Love, M. (2015) Workers’ Rights for Workforce Development. Urbana, IL: Labor Education Program, School of Labor & Employment Relations, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Available from Chicago Jobs Council at (Workers’ rights curriculum for workforce development staff & job seekers)

Love, M., Tendick-Matesanz, F., Thomason, J., Carter, D., Glassman, M., & Zanoni, J. (2017) “Then they trust you”: managing stress in home care. New Solutions 27(2), 225-245

Bonney, T., Forst, L., Rivers, S., Love, M, Pratap, P., Bell T. & Fulkerson, S. (2017) Occupational safety and health in the temporary services industry: A model for community-university partnership. New Solutions 27 (2), 246-259

Service to Community

I help community organizations and labor organizations to increase their capacity to address workplace health and safety issues. I develop customized curricula and train organizational staff and worker advocates to educate their constituents on worker health and safety rights and how to document and address hazards they identify in workplaces.

Notable Honors

1967-1969, Sophonisba P. Brekrenridge Scholarship, University of Chicago

1990, Karen Silkwood Award, NYCOSH


Washington University, St. Louis, MO

University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

New School for Social Research
English Language Studies Program
New York, NY

Hunter College, CUNY
New York, NY

Licensures and Certifications

2004-2008 International English Language Testing System
Certified Examiner
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England

Professional Memberships

1990-present United Association of Labor Educators
2013-present American Public Health Association

Research Currently in Progress

UIC Center for Healthy Work: precarious low wage work

University of Chicago/UIC COM & SPH: community based environmental justice