In This Issue
CWW's New Research On Home-based Child Care Providers
SMLR's Most Cited Management Scholars
Advanced Labor Studies Program For BCBS Executives
New Roles & Employees
MHRM Students Showcase Skills & Receive Award
RU SHRM Outstanding Student Chapter

Rutgers Society for Human Resource Management (RU SHRM) received the Outstanding Student Chapter Award at the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)'s annual student conference in Atlanta, Ga. on June 23. Professor David Ferio, RU SHRM's director, as well as several RU SHRM representatives were honored with a plaque during SHRM's conference.


"The Outstanding Chapter Award is a testimony to the great leadership and membership within RU SHRM. It has been a remarkable year highlighted by over-the-top achievements and passion for Rutgers, our master of human resource management program, and the human resources profession. This is one of the best RU SHRM communities ever!" says Professor Ferio.


The Outstanding Student Chapter Award is the highest award given to SHRM's student-led groups. The award recognizes student chapters whose programs, activities, and levels of participation during the academic year distinguish them from other chapters. Of the more than 475 SHRM student chapters, only 10 were selected to receive this year's honorable award, including RU SHRM.  


"I am proud of our members and honored that our efforts are so greatly recognized. Outstanding Student Chapter was our goal at the beginning of the year and seeing it come to fruition proves that through hard work, dedication, and tenacity, you can achieve success!" says Morenike Sylla, RU SRHM's co-president. ... Read more

On April 19-21, four Rutgers SMLR students in the master of human resource management (MHRM) program put their knowledge of human resource (HR) strategy to the test by participating in the 2012 Master of Labor and Human Resources External Case Competition held at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. SMLR's MHRM students presented to Eaton's executives and finished strongly in the event, ranking among the top group of competitors. ... Read more. 

Photo Above: Rutgers Society for Human Resource Management (RU SHRM) members accepted the Outstanding Student Chapter Award from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) on June 23. From left, Zakir Mirza, Rutgers Professor David Ferio, Morenike Sylla, Laura Panc, Bao Nguyen, and Jennifer Chiu. 
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Issue: # 9 July 16, 2012

In this issue of the SMLR Update, we celebrate our many awards and achievements including several successful programs, courses, and workshops. We also spotlight SMLR's coverage in the media and welcome new, talented employees. Please take a moment to read below and feel free to spread our news!  


In May, the Center for Women and Work (CWW) released a CWW Report-Giving Voice study, Giving Voice to New Jersey's Caregivers: The Union Experiences of Home-Based Child Care Providers. The report describes how home-based workers have fared three years after unionization and only four years after they gained the right to organize. CWW's research was highlighted in the Star-Ledger, In These Times, Workers Independent News, Rutgers Today, American Rights at W ork Education Fund's report, and by the library at the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.

Awards & Achievements

SMLR Associate Dean and Professor David Lepak was recently elected to the Academy of Management's Human Resources Division's   

5-year progression of officer positions. This consists of: Professional Development Workshops Chair, Program Chair, Chair Elect, Chair, and Past Chair. As one of the Academy of Management's largest divisions with over 3,500 members, the Human Resources Division serves as a gathering place for academics and practitioners to create networks aimed at discovering and disseminating state-of-the-art HR knowledge. Professor Lepak will begin his term in August 2012.  

Dave Lepak
SMLR Associate Dean and Professor Dave Lepak


Five of SMLR's human resource management (HRM) faculty are among the most highly cited management scholars in the past thirty years, according to the results of "Scholarly Impact Revisited," by Herman Aguinis, et al (2012). Professors Susan Jackson, Randall Schuler, Mark Huselid, Dave Lepak, and Stan Gully are named as leading scholars. In addition, Rutgers University is ranked third in the nation for scholarly impact in the field of management ... Read more


Fidelity Investments Inc. recently gave SMLR a gift of $25,000 towards the newly established Fidelity Fellowship in Equity Compensation Research. The fellowship encourages fundamental research by early-career scholars of broad-based equity compensation in U.S. corporations. An official announcement, memorializing this achievement, was featured in the Wall Street Journal on June 12th and 19th. Click here to view the ad and additional details.   


Starting this fall, SMLR Ph.D. candidate Sean Rogers will join the faculty of the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico as a visiting assistant professor of management. Rogers will be in the Department of Organizational Studies and teach HR and organizational behavior courses in the undergraduate and Anderson Master of Business Administration programs. After moving to New Jersey from Arizona in 2008, Sean is excited to return to the Southwest.


On June 12, SMLR was presented with a commemorative plaque by the New
AFL-CIO Commemorative Plaque 
Professor Adrienne Eaton, Chair of Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, receives AFL-CIO's commemorative plaque for SMLR.  
Jersey State American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), during its constitutional convention held at Bally's Atlantic City on June 12-13, 2012. The plaque was given to SMLR in honor of the 50th anniversary of NJ AFL-CIO's merger. Professor Adrienne Eaton, chair of the department of labor studies and employment relations, accepted the plaque and stated that the history of labor programs and SMLR's Labor Education Center (LEC) is entwined with the AFL-CIO. The plaque will reside in the LEC. ... Read more.


Presentations & Events
On May 30, Professor Terri Boyer, executive director of the Center for Women and Work, served as a subject expert and panelist for "Womenomics,"
Professor Terri Boyer is featured on the cover of the Asbury Park Press
a panel discussion at Monmouth University. The panel explored women's navigation of the working world. According to Professor Boyer, women are often unaware of what needs to be done to advance their careers. Listen to audio from NJ101.5 or read the front page article in The Hub. Professor Boyer also participated in a panel discussion on gender pay equity in New Jersey. The discussion was highlighted on the front page of the June 15th Asbury Park Press (watch video).

On May 10, 2012, Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) addressed workplace harassment issues and workers' rights during a workshop held at the Labor Education Center. Approximately a dozen students from SMLR's Employment Law for Union Representatives program attended the event, led by Rutgers alumni and SMLR instructors Carla Katz and James Cooney and fellow alumni, arbitrator, and mediator Joseph Fine. ... Read more

On June 4-7, Labor Education and Research Now (LEARN) held a customized advanced labor studies program for Blue Cross Blue Shields Association's (BCBS) executives at The Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick.
Blue Cross Blue Shields executives complete SMLR's Advanced Labor Studies program.
tely 15 of BCBS's labor account sales executives from across the U.S. participated in the program and explored collective bargaining and healthcare industry transformations in order to meet the challenges encountered in their work. The program culminated in a graduation ceremony, during which participants received a certificate of completion. ... Read more.

Anne-Laure Winkler, SMLR Ph.D. candidate, introduced an online component to
Guest speaker Lani Morris engages SMLR students online
her HRM course, "Within Hybrid Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility," during spring 2012. Guest speakers Lani Morris from New Zealand and Professor Wim Dubbink from the Department of Philosophy at Tilburg University in the Netherlands presented digitally to students using a tool called ClassLive ... Read more.  


In the News
On June 4, Professor Terri Boyer, executive director of the Center for Women and Work, was quoted by MSNBC on the wage gap between men and women. The article highlights how women's salaries plateau at age 39 while men enjoy raises for a decade more. Boyer was also quoted in the Daily Mail and The Morning Call as she discussed pay equity. "Women are more likely to accept a lower starting salary than a man in the same profession, especially on their first job," said Professor Boyer.    

On June 11, Professor Paula Caligiuri was quoted in the article, "The Early Days of Obama, Romney," featured in the Wall Street Journal's Market Watch. Professor Caligiuri said that early job experiences of both politicians can offer perspective on stable traits such as conscientiousness, openness, and extraversion. In addition to this article, Professor Caliguiri's research on developing cross-cultural competencies was recently highlighted by Deloitte. She was also interviewed for the PricewaterhouseCoopers report, "10 Minutes on Global Talent Mobility." News

On May 22, Professor Adrienne Eaton, chair of the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, was quoted in the New Jersey Spotlight's article on the proposed Rutgers-Camden merger.  

Professor Janice Fine co-wrote an article, "Solidarities and Restrictions: Labor and Immigration Policy in the United States," which was included in the May issue of The Forum, a journal of applied research in contemporary politics. 


Professor Jeffrey Keefe co-wrote an op-ed in the Arizona Capital Times that analyzes whether Arizona's public employees are underpaid.    


Dr. Elizabeth Nisbet, a postdoctoral associate at the Center for Women and Work, co-published an op-ed in the May 23 issue of The Star-Ledger. The op-ed explores how minimum wage increases in New Jersey can create jobs. Listen to audio of Dr. Nisbet, as she discusses New Jersey's minimum wage on The Rick Smith Show.      


On July 10, SMLR Dean Susan J. Schurman was a guest on The Brian Lehrer Show (WNYC 93.9 am), where she discussed Con Edison's labor dispute. Listen to the interview.  

New Roles & Employees 

After supporting SMLR's development office for over a year, Meera Ananth was

Meera Ananth
Meera Ananth

recently appointed as the school's development specialist. Previously, Ananth spent four years as a development professional within the Rutgers University Foundation's Annual Giving program, in which she raised over $250,000. Her responsibilities include managing the school's corporate and individual philanthropic support as well as scholarship accounting and alumni relations. Meera Ananth is a Rutgers alumna, graduating Cum Laude as a participant in the political science honors program. She can be reached at mananth@smlr.rutgers.edu or 848-445-4615.   


Khaleef Crumbley recently joined SMLR's business office team as a business

Khleef Crumbley
Khaleef Crumbley

manager. Khaleef is responsible for supporting SMLR's financial and administrative functions as well as the school's budget development, account management, and financial transaction processing. Khaleef Crumbley previously worked as a business specialist in the Graduate School of Social Work at Rutgers for over 4 years. He is also a Rutgers alumnus, graduating with both a bachelor's and master's degree in economics, with a concentration in financial economics. If you would like to contact Khaleef Crumbley, e-mail crumbley@smlr.rutgers.edu.


Barbara Konopka has joined the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations' academic programs office staff. Barbara has been with Rutgers University for the past 15 years, having spent time with the payroll department and the business office with the Faculty of Arts & Sciences. Barbara comes to us from the Graduate School of Education, where she has spent the past 11 years, having served as the administrative assistant with the Department of Learning and Teaching for the past nine. In her capacity there, she coordinated nearly two dozen faculty members and nearly an additional two dozen part time lecturers while also corresponding with current and prospective students. Barbara may be reached at barbara.konopka@work.rutgers.edu or (732) 932-4252.

Share Your News!
If you have news that you'd like to share, e-mail Renee Walker, Director of Communications, at rwalker@smlr.rutgers.edu. For more information on the School of Management and Labor Relations, visit us at http://smlr.rutgers.edu.