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Professor Rebecca Kolins Givan Joins SMLR
Professor Patrick McKay Becomes Full Professor
RU SHRM's 8th Annual Conference
CERC Launches a New Website

Professor Rebecca Kolins Givan Is Joining SMLR as Assistant Professor for LSER

 Rebecca Givan

On September 1, Professor Rebecca Kolins Givan will join SMLR as an assistant professor in the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations.  


Professor Givan received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Oberlin College and her doctorate in political science from Northwestern University. She has held academic positions at the London School of Economics and Cardiff Business School.  


For the last several years, she has worked at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She is also a visiting professor at the labor center of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


Professor Givan's teaching and writing interests span both U.S. and comparative labor relations. Her two main research areas are health care work and the public sector. She has published widely on both these topics. She is currently completing a book comparing the implementation of change in hospitals in the United Kingdom and the United States.  


She was recently awarded the Dunlop Scholar Award from the Labor and Employment Relations Association for the best contribution to international and/or comparative labor and employment research by an emerging scholar.


"I am thrilled to join such an engaged and diverse community of scholars and students. The opportunity to teach Rutgers students from the introductory to the graduate level is very exciting. I love wrestling with the important issues that students have faced or will face in the workplace, and I try to make my classrooms a lively setting for grappling with real world problems," says Professor Givan.


If you would like to contact Professor Rebecca Givan, e-mail givan@cornell.edu  













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Issue: 7   
April 23, 2012 

In this issue of the SMLR Update, we welcome a new assistant professor and celebrate our faculty's achievements, including a promotion to full professor and a new corporate partnership to conduct research. We also take a look at successful events such as this year's RU SHRM conference and a visit from LO-Sweden. Please take a moment to read below and feel free to spread our news!  

Research & Publications

Kaifeng Jiang, a SMLR Ph.D. student, has recently published his first paper! Jiang's work, "When and how is job embeddedness predictive of turnover? A meta-analytic investigation," was accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Psychology. Jiang's paper was co-authored by Professor Patrick McKay, Professor Dong Liu from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Professors Thomas W. Lee and Terence R. Mitchell from the University of Washington.


Professor Patrick McKay, chair of the Department of Human Resource Management, recently co-wrote the article:
Avery, D. R., McKay, P. F., & Hunter, E. M. (2012). Demography and disappearing merchandise: How older workforces influence retail shrinkage. Journal of

SMLR Ph.D. Student Kaifeng Jiang 

Organizational Behavior, 33, 105-120.     


Professor Jessica Methot recently partnered with Atrion to conduct research on the company's culture of work and connectivity in the office setting. "We plan to explore the informal network that underlies Atrion's formal organizational structure, which will provide a map of interpersonal communication and transactions that are not captured by the formal organizational chart, but that largely define how work actually gets done in organizations," says Methot. ... Read more.


Professor Patrick McKay

With the Board of Governor's approval on April 3, Professor Patrick McKay,chair of the Department of Human Resource Management, was promoted to full professor! Professor McKay was given the esteemed academic rank for his outstanding contributions in research, teaching, and service. "I have been blessed to work with wonderful collaborators, so they too share in this accomplishment," says Professor McKay.
Presentations & Events

On March 29, 2012, approximately 10 delegates from LO, The Swedish Trade Union Confederation, visited Rutgers to learn more about the U.S. 's method of assessing trade union members' work experience and training for their college credit equivalents. "Some unions have begun the discussion on assessment, both for individuals and for the system itself, but we need more," says Ulla Lindquist, vice-president of LO-Sweden. SMLR Acting Dean Sue Schurman led the session and Professor Paula Voos was among the event's presenters. ... Read more.
Delegates from LO-Sweden visit SMLR.  

On March 30, Rutgers Society of Human Resource Management (RU SHRM) addressed changes in the HR field during its 8th annual business conference, "Taking Stock in HR: Buy or Sell," which was held at the Rutgers Livingston Student Center. Approximately 240 HR professionals, SMLR human resource management (HRM) students, professors, and alumni attended the event to listen as guest speakers shared insights on how strategic HR improves businesses. "It is time to invest heavily in HR to grow the business and win in the marketplace. I would like to thank our speakers for addressing this issue," said Professor Dave Ferio, director of the MHRM program and RU SHRM advisor. "I am proud of this project team and the organization put into this effort." ... Read more.

On March 30, SMLR's Acting Dean Sue Schurman gave a keynote address to the New Jersey AFL-CIO's 9th Annual Women in Leadership Development (WILD) conference. Professor Schurman encouraged women to develop their leadership skills to make their unions more effective.  


On April 10, Roberta Reardon, former president of AFTRA and current co-president of SAG-AFTRA, shared details of the recent successful SAG-AFTRA merger process with SMLR's faculty and Ph.D. students at Rutgers' Labor Education Center. "One of the surprising things we found out is that even though so many of us have been members of both unions for so many years, we didn't know each other," says Reardon, regarding the differences between SAG and AFTRA as organizations. ... Read more.
Professor Dave Ferio, RU SHRM faculty advisor and director of the MHRM program, leads the annual RU SHRM Conference with Co-Presidents Austen Eadie-Friedmann and Morenike Sylla.

In the News

In a March 22 article in Rutgers Today, SMLR instructor and labor arbitrator James M. Cooney discusses recent criticism of Apple and its overseas suppliers and the importance of remaining proactive regarding labor missteps. "There is still serious tension between the company's stated desire to improve labor conditions while not creating undue conflict with suppliers that will impede the delivery of new products," says Cooney.

SMLR Instructor James M. Cooney 


The March 28 article within the Daily Targum credits the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations (LSER) for attracting the University's "most experienced offensive lineman," R.J. Dill.   


In the April 3 issue of Rutgers Today, SMLR Acting Dean Sue Schurman discusses the work that lies ahead for the newly merged Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). Dean Schurman played a key role in the merger process of SAG-AFTRA, applying a consensus-building approach to the negotiations that ultimately united the two groups after decades of merger talks and attempts.   



The Center for Women and Work's Career Equity Resource Center (CERC) is extremely pleased to announce the launch of their new Website: cerc.rutgers.edu. CERC is funded by the NJ Department of Education, which seeks to provide greater access and success in high-skill, high-demand careers for students in marginalized populations. The center provides a variety of services to educators serving any New Jersey approved career and technical education program, including Professional Development, Equity Training, Technical Assistance, Curriculum Assistance and a multitude of Web-based resources. For more information, please visit CERC's new Website, or e-mail cerc@rci.rutgers.edu.

Save the Date!
Rutgers Day
April 28
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., rain or shine
Busch Campus Center
Join SMLR and learn more about the world of work while taking part in the day's fun-filled activities! There will be quizzes, informative handouts, coloring for kids, a photo booth, and face painter. This event is free! Click here for details.

Workplace Harassment Workshop
May 4
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Carla A. Katz, Esq., J.D.

This course will cover various types of workplace harassment, including unlawful discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, New Jersey state law, and other federal authority. Click here for details.  

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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.