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SMLR's New Assistant Dean
Rebecca Kehoe's Recognition from SMS
New Faces & Roles
SMLR Welcomes a New Assistant Dean 
Elaine Kovac Stroud
Elaine Kovac Stroud

Elaine Kovac Stroud has joined us as SMLR's Assistant Dean of Business and Administration. Elaine is a Rutgers alumna and has more than 12 years of leadership experience and proven skills in successful office management. She has held a variety of business positions at Rutgers since 2000.   


Elaine joins us from the division of Undergraduate Education, where she spent five years as Undergraduate Education's Director of Business and Administration. In Undergraduate Education, Elaine established the business office through the Transformation of Undergraduate Education and developed it into a center of expertise and business and technical support for the division, as well as other units reporting to the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs (EVPAA).      

As Assistant Dean, Elaine is responsible for the oversight of the school's budget planning, tuition and revenue planning, sponsored research administration, and Human Resource and accounting policies and procedures. In addition, her responsibilities include technical, data, and reporting support for SMLR. Elaine looks forward to providing the school with a customer-centered office that supports the academic mission of the school.   


We are happy to welcome Elaine to SMLR. Should you need to contact her, please stop by her office in the Levin building, call (848) 445-5993, or e-mail estroud@smlr.rutgers.edu.















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Issue: 2 
November 22, 2011

In this issue of the SMLR Update we take a moment to give thanks for our many achievements to date. Recently, our faculty's work has been recognized through awards and media coverage. We have also been joined by several new, talented staff members. These items and more are highlighted in this update. Please take a moment to read more below and feel free to spread our news. All of us at SMLR wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Awards & Recognition

Bill Bigoness, Executive Director of the Center for Management Development (CMD), reports that CMD has completed a very successful year resulting in a 50% increase in revenues and profits compared to 2010. These successes are partly due to CMD's introduction of popular, new Mini-MBA Programs in Digital Marketing and Social Media Marketing as well as the continued growth of Mini-MBA Programs with leading employers such as ETS, Merck, Roche, and Johnson & Johnson. In addition, the center has benefitted from its group of dedicated and talented staff members. "Thanks to my staff--including our veteran and 6 new members--we've been able to experience significant growth in many areas. Together, we've built upon a good foundation, and I'm looking forward to the continued growth of our programs," says Bigoness.


The Center for Women and Work (CWW) has received a grant to host the state's Career Equity Resource Center (CERC). CERC is funded through the NJDOE's Office for Career and Technical Education and seeks to provide greater access and success in high-skill, high-demand careers for students in marginalized populations and those studying in fields that are nontraditional for their gender. CWW welcomes its partners--Raritan Valley Community College and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation--in the delivery of training, technical assistance, and evaluation activities to meet CERC's goals. The program's anticipated funding is $1.38 million over four years.

Professor Rebecca Kehoe and her co-author,

Rebecca Kehoe
Professor Rebecca Kehoe (third from left) receives her award

Daniel Tzabbar, received Honorable Mention for Best Conference Paper at the Strategic Management Society (SMS)'s

annual conference

held in Miami, FL on November 6-9.

Rebecca and Daniel's paper, "Lighting the Way or Stealing the Shine? Duality in Star Scientists' Effects on Colleagues' Performance," was among the 64 nominations for Best Conference Paper. It is an examination of the impact that outstanding performers in scientific fields have on their colleagues' performance opportunities. If you'd like to learn more about this paper and her additional work, please contact Rebecca.      

In the Media - Women & Work
On November 7, 2011, Terri Boyer, Executive Director at the Center for Women and Work, was interviewed on NJ101.5, where she discussed a recent More magazine survey finding, indicating that more professional women are turning away from higher paying and prestigious corporate jobs in order to gain more time and flexibility. "Our workplaces have yet to catch up with the demands that are in place for both women and men," says Boyer. "We have a lot more caregiving responsibilities both for our elder parents, grandparents and for young people." Listen to highlights from the interview.   
Presentations & Events 
Janice Fine
Professor Janice Fine

On November 3-4, Professor Janice Fine presented her preliminary research findings on the case of the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) as part of a team analyzing the participation of immigrant workers in unions. Held in Frankfurt, Germany, the conference was based on a comparative research project in which a group of international labor scholars conducted research on unions and the integration of immigrant workers in four countries: Germany, France, United Kingdom, and United States. Fine's case study highlights the great demand for union membership by immigrant workers, which is occurring during an epoch of rapid membership decline and crisis in the American labor movement. In addition, Janice found that while LIUNA's partnership with the National Day Laborers Organizing Network (NDLON) has not yet resulted in successful organizing drives and membership gains, it has been successful as a political partnership around federal immigration reform, opposition to state legislative initiatives, and support for day laborers in local anti-solicitation fights. The event was funded by the Hans B�ckler Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, and Public Welfare Foundation.


PhD Students Kaifeng Jiang and Sargam Garg attended the doctoral consortium at the Southern Management Association (SMA)'s annual conference on November 9-12 in Savannah, GA. Kaifeng presented a paper on "HRM/Careers: Facilitating High Performance: Monitoring and Involvement" and served as the discussant for a session on "HRM/Careers: Fit Happens! Issues with Fit & HR." More than 400 management educators and practitioners attended the event for professional development opportunities and scholarly paper presentations.


On November 7, Professor Lisa Schur served as moderator for the New Jersey Labor and Employment Relations Association's event, "What's Happened to the ADA." Approximately 50 people gathered at the Hilton Garden Inn in Edison, NJ to discuss employer and employee perspectives on Amendments to the Americans With Disabilities Act. Professor Barbara Lee was among the panel members and discussed the problems that led to the amendment of the law and suggested how employers will need to work with employees to identify reasonable accommodations that enable employers to successfully perform their jobs.


New Faces & Roles
Laura Barrett is the new Program Coordinator for CWW's Working Families and Workforce Development program.
Laura Barrett
Laura Barrett
Laura will assist with research and writing efforts in programs relating to training and education within the workforce development system. She will also support research, outreach, and education on public and private workplace policies that help working families achieve self-sufficiency. Laura is familiar with SMLR, having completed two undergraduate internships with CWW before becoming a program coordinator. She is also a SMLR alumna, having earned a bachelor's degree in labor studies and employment relations in 2011.  

In August, Sattik Deb was appointed Director of Student Services in the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations. Sattik has a history at Rutgers, having completed both his undergraduate and graduate work here.
Sattik Deb
Sattik Deb
He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2001 and his Master of Education in College Student Affairs at the Graduate School of Education in 2011. In his new role, Sattik will be responsible for graduate student advising, student recruitment, coordination of the internship program, and a number of other initiatives as enrollment in the Labor Studies department continues to expand. Prior to joining the Labor Studies department, Sattik worked with the Dean of Students Office on the College Avenue Campus. He also co-instructs "Work, Society, and The Quality of Life" with SMLR's Acting Dean Sue Schurman and serves as a supplemental instructor and tutor with the Department of Academic Support Services for Student Athletes. Sattik is also a former high school social studies teacher.
Janice Dilella
Janice DiLella

After completing a master's degree in human resource management in May 2011, Janice DiLella is SMLR's new Human Resource Liaison and Payroll Coordinator. Previously, Janice spent 10 years serving as the Center for Human Resource Strategy (CHRS)'s program manager.
Elizabeth Nisbet has joined CWW as a Postdoctoral Research Associate, working on research and programs for the center's Working Families and Innovative Training and Workforce Development programs. Elizabeth holds a doctorate in Planning and Public Policy from Rutgers University's Edward J. Bloustein School, a Master's Degree in Communication from the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French from Furman University. Her research interests concern the relationship between public policy, especially labor and social policy, and low-wage and contingent work, job quality, and work-life balance. Her expertise also includes women in care work and immigrant workers in low-wage jobs. Elizabeth has had an extensive career in policy, programming, and research and evaluation in nonprofit organizations implementing programs in education, economic security, and health. In prior positions she worked on the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies' Income Security Program, Sesame Workshop's international educational media projects, and Helen Keller International's West and Central African nutrition and blindness prevention projects. She began her career on Capitol Hill working as a legislative assistant for U.S. Representative J. Roy Rowland.
Job Opportunity
Director of Development
This position reports to SMLR's Dean and to the Associate Vice President for Development in the Major Gift Programs of the Rutgers University Foundation. The Director of Development is responsible for the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major gifts and the expansion of existing support from a national portfolio of individuals, corporations, and foundations in support of the school's research, teaching, and outreach activities. The Director of Development collaboratively determines strategic fundraising goals, designs overall development strategy, develops individualized cultivation and solicitation plans for identified major prospects, creates short and long-term programs for clients, promotes clients' development efforts through internal and external media and programs, and serves as annual fundraising campaign manager.  ... Read more and apply for this position.
Save the Date!

Rutgers Alumni-Student Career Speed Networking  

December 7, 2011

6:00 p.m. 

College Avenue Student Center

New Brunswick, NJ  


7th Annual Labor and Management Conference:
What Should Labor and Management Know About the Healthcare Reform?

December 9, 2011

9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Labor Education Center 

New Brunswick, NJ

Please join us
for a critical discussion on what labor and management can do to improve the quality of healthcare delivery, reduce its cost, and prepare for changes. We will also look at how the Affordable Care Act affects healthcare costs, its delivery, and collective bargaining. Please visit www.ilearn.rutgers.edu for program updates and registration information. For more information or questions, please call (732) 932-9504 or email learn@work.rutgers.edu.  

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About Us
Rutgers' School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) is one of the world's leading sources of expertise on the world of work, building effective and sustainable organizations, and the changing employment relationship. The school is comprised of two departments: one focused on all aspects of  strategic human resource management and the other dedicated to the social science specialties related to labor studies and employment relations. In addition, SMLR provides many continuing education and certificate programs taught by world-class researchers and expert practitioners.