Alexander C. Cullison

Alex was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the son of a Chesapeake Bay pilot and comes from generations of sea captains. He grew up in the suburbs of Maryland. Upon completion of high school, he enlisted in the Air Force. He later went back to school to become a U.S. Merchant Marine engineering officer. He sailed as a marine engineer and subsequently worked for the organization that represented marine engineers.

He was passionate about learning and was constantly attending night classes and taking college courses. He first received his BA degree from Antioch University. Then he got his BS degree from Excelsior College of NY. Later, he obtained a Master of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Empire. Lastly, in 1997, Alex became “Dr. Cullison” having received his Ph.D. from the Union Institute & University located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Cullison has worked as an engineer, contract negotiator, mediator & arbitrator, substitute teacher, college instructor, author, and nonprofit founder.

He is happily married to Diana and they have a son, Alexander, who is also writing a book (Twilight Sun). Alex enjoys travel, literature, education, politics, photography, boating, writing, philanthropy, and learning new things. Alex has traveled much of the United States and the world. He volunteers his time and talents to worthwhile groups, such as fraternal-related charities, his community, a nonprofit called GRIP, and Fairfax County.




Certified PEERS

Program for the Education and Enrichment of Related Skills UCLA


Present Writer

Author – Publisher

Academic research papers & publications – fictional novels

2011 – 2016

First Responders Police & Security Union

Director of Labor Relations

Contract negotiations – Contract enforcement – Arbitrations

2014 – 2016

Kena Conference Center

Rental Agent

Raised $500,000 for Shriners (A philanthropy)

2006 – 2009

ITT-Technical Institute

Adjunct Instructor

  • Research Methods, Professional Procedures and Portfolio Development
  • English Composition, Group Dynamics, Contemporary World Culture

2001 – 2010

Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, VA

Substitute Teacher, K - 12

  • All grades and special education

1993 - 2011

Alternative Dispute Resolution Service Fairfax, VA

Mediator & Arbitrator

Self employed – general practice: family/couple issues, labor relations, training, teamwork, group facilitation, business conflict resolution & organization behavior

1978 – 1994

Marine Engineers Beneficial Association

Employment History:

Representative – Organizer – Negotiator – VP and President (91′ to 94′)

1975 – 1978

U.S. Merchant Marines

Engineering Officer on various US Flag merchant marine vessels

Veteran - US Air Force


Union Institute Graduate College


  • Ph.D. Labor Relations & Conflict Resolution

State University of New York at Empire


  • Masters degree in Labor Relations and Political Science (Interdisciplinary)

Excelsior College


  • Bachelor of Science degree in general engineering studies

Antioch University


  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Labor Relations

Instructor of the Year ITT-Technical Institute 2007

Honorary Member – National Technical Honor Society

 Received “Outstanding Leadership” award from the Union Institute Graduate College Learner Council.

Elected to “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges.”  Also Elected to Marquis’s “Who’s Who in America.”

Professional Organizations

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) member

Society of Marine Engineers and Naval Architects

American Arbitration Association                                                             

Academy of Family Mediators – Practitioner Member

Better Business Bureau – panel of commercial arbitrators                           

North Virginia Mediation Service – mentor mediator                    

Volunteer Service

Founding President of Guidance Resources for Independent People (GRIP) a nonprofit that benefits autistic adults.

Greenbriar Civic Association – former president

Fairfax County Office of Elections – Chief Election Officer

Executive Board Member – Wilson Workforce & Rehabilitation Center Foundation


Publication (fictional) “Werewolf Origin” Dr. Alex Cullison, publisher.  2016.

Publication “A Journey of Inches” – Understanding and facilitating the high-functioning atypically autistic child.  2003 – Amazon, iTunes,

Dissertation “Federal Labor/Management Partnership – An Evaluative Study.”  UGC, 1997.

Masters Thesis “The Forgotten Promise – The Resurgence of Unionism Amongst Air Traffic Controllers.”  SUNY, 1987.

Authoritatively cited five times in “The American Merchant Seaman and His Industry: Struggle and Stigma,” Craig Forsyth, Published by Taylor and Francis, NY.  1989.

Authoritatively cited in “Robust Unionism,” Professor Arthur Shostak, Drexell University, Department of Sociology, 1991.

Co-author “Conflict in the US Merchant Maritime Industry: An account of Historical Cycles,” published by Maritime Policy Management 11:251-259, 1984.

Co-author “Intraunion Conflict:  The Changing Marine Engineer,” Maritime Policy and Management 14 (4), 279-287, 1987.

Cullison, Alexander C.  Mediator, and Arbitrator: Techniques for Preparing for Two Different Roles.  Better Business Bureau BBS Solutions, p. 9-10, January 1995.


Former President of Boardwalk One Corporation, Ocean City, Maryland.  The executor to numerous estates.  Managing Trustee of multiple family trusts.

Member of three doctoral committees.  Former Chairperson of the TUI Graduate Learner Council.  Elected to the TUI Graduate Alumni Board at Large (1999).

Chairperson of the Graduate Alumni Board since 2002. President Greenbriar Civic Association 2006.

Fairfax County Chief Precinct Election Officer / Supervisor 2005 – present.  Traveled much of the world.  S.M.E. – Labor, contract negotiations, conflict resolution, air traffic control, and autism.

“The secret to personal professional success is following a path that allows you to blend what you are good at, what you enjoy doing, and what will make you money.”

Dr Alex Cullison

Phone: 703-263-9433