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SMLR Welcomes a New Assistant Professor
CWW's New Report on College Completion
SMLR's Youtube Channel
Acting Dean Sue Schurman's Profile in L.A. Times

Michael Kukenberger Is Joining SMLR as Assistant Professor for HRM 
This summer, Michael R. Kukenberger Michael Kukenbergerwill join SMLR as an assistant professor in the Department of Human Resource Management. Kukenberger is currently a Ph.D.  candidate at the 
University of Connecticut's School of Business, where he is focusing on the antecedent conditions that, over time, lead to the development of shared leadership and the influence of collective leadership on team and organizational performance. His primary areas of research interest include team leadership, team effectiveness, team and individual learning, and multi-level theory building.

Kukenberger has worked with several Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, the U.S. Army and Navy, as well as other public and private organizations. His research has appeared in the Journal of Applied Psychology and Journal of Management. He is also an active member of the Academy of Management and the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Kukenberger holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Maine and a master's degree in business administration from the University of New Hampshire. He has won three teaching awards and has been recently inducted into the University of Connecticut's School of Business Hall of Fame.

 "I am thrilled to be joining a group of researchers who have tremendous success publishing in the areas of human resource management and organizational behavior. The opportunity to work at the School of Management and Labor Relations and contribute alongside these distinguished faculty members is very exciting," says Kukenberger.

If you would like to contact Michael Kukenberger, e-mail Michael.Kukenenberger@business.uconn.edu.  













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Issue: 6  
March 27, 2012 

In this issue of the SMLR Update, we highlight our skilled faculty's recent publications and leading research. We also celebrate new developments and our extensive coverage in the media. These items and more are highlighted in this update. Please take a moment to read below and feel free to spread our news!  

Research & Publications
The Center for Women and Work (CWW)'s Heather McKay and Dr. Elizabeth Nisbet co-authored a new report, Close But No Degree, that calls for inexpensive policy changes to remove obstacles for the 18% of New Jersey workers who have some college credits but never obtained a degree. According to the report, these policy changes will improve college completion rates in the state and simultaneously meet workforce goals. The report was highlighted by NJ101.5, U.S. News University Directory, New Jersey Newsroom, Rutgers Today, and the Daily Targum  

Professors Stan Gully and Jean Phillips recently edited a book, How to Coach Individuals, Teams, and Organizations to Master Transformational Change, which is published for the Business Expert Press' series on organizational behavior/human resources. The book is one of eight publications in the collection.

Professor Patrick McKay, chair of the Department of Human Resource Management, has recently co-written the following articles:

*    Avery, D. R., McKay, P. F., Tonidandel, S., Volpone, S. D., & Morris, M. A. (2012). Is there method to the madness? Examining how racioethnic matching influences retail store productivity. Personnel Psychology, 65, CWW Report 167-199. 
*    Avery, D. A., Volpone, S. D., McKay, P. F., King, E. B., & Wilson, D. C. (2012). Is relational demography relative? How employment status influences effects of supervisor-subordinate demographic similarity. Journal of Business and Psychology, 27, 83-98. 
*    Volpone, S. D., Avery, D. R., & McKay, P. F. (2012). Linkages between racioethnicity, appraisal reactions, and employee engagement. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 42, 252-270. 

Professor Paula Voos, director of undergraduate and master's programs in Labor and Employment Relations, co-authored a new scholarly volume, The Evaluation of Employment Relations Systems in OECD Member Countries. Her work was published in Korean through Pak Young Sa publishing. View additional works by Professor Voos.  

The Center for Women and Work (CWW) is pleased to announce that the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) is a partner in the Lumina College Completion Project, a multi-state workforce development initiative to identify adults close to finishing a degree and help them earn the remaining credits they need. CWW and NAWB gave a presentation on this project at the 2012 NAWB Forum in Washington, D.C. on March 12th. If you're interested in learning more about the adult college completion project, e-mail hmckay@work.rutgers.edu.    


Rutgers' Society of Human Resource Management (RU SHRM), the graduate student chapter of the National Society for Human Resource Management, has launched a new Website to better enable HR students to network and find career opportunities. Visit http://www.rushrm.org to tour SHRM's new Website. 

Rutgers SMLR

SMLR has its own channel on Youtube! Visit the channel to access testimonials by SMLR students and professors as they discuss the school's programs. You can also subscribe to the channel to receive updates on new videos. If you're interested in capturing your experience and works on film and posting them on SMLR's channel, please email rwalker@smlr.rutgers.edu.   

HR Career Fair 
On March 9, 2012, Human Resource Management (HRM) students and alumni networked with nearly two dozen, leading companies during the HRM Career Fair. Held at the Livingston Student Center, the career fair allowed students to receive career advice and opportunities from experts in the HR field. Visit us on Facebook to view photos from this event.

Michele Lederman, an instructor at the Center for Management Development (CMD), shares networking advice in her popular blog post, "Relationship Networking: Do it Your Way." Lederman writes, "Others may find it easy, but sometimes find the interactions feel superficial. Perhaps a change in mindset and approach can resolve both these dilemmas." 


In the News
Dr. Elizabeth Nisbet
Dr. Elizabeth Nisbet

Professor Dorothy Sue Cobble's article, "Friendship Beyond the Atlantic: Labour Feminist International Contacts After the Second World War," was recently translated into Swedish and featured in Arbetarhistoria.

On March 15, CWW's recently released report, Pay Matters, was cited in the Harvard Business Review. In the article, CWW's study is used as an example of how work-life balance can improve the U.S.'s competitiveness.

Professor Jeff Keefe's scholarly article, "Are Public Employees Overpaid?" was published in the March 2012 issue of the Labor Studies Journal.

Professor Jessica Methot was profiled in the March 8 issue of Rutgers Today, which highlighted Professor Methot's ability to engage students in her classes through a polling technique.

CWW's Dr. Elizabeth Nisbet was quoted in a Star-Ledger article on federal minimum wage for tipped workers. "This issue is of crucial importance to many working families in New Jersey and especially among women who are overrepresented among tipped workers," says Dr. Nisbet. 
Professor Sue Schurman
SMLR Acting Dean Sue Schurman

Professor Saul Rubinstein and SMLR Ph.D. student John McCarthy's study, Collaborating on School Reform: Creating Union-Management Partnerships to Improve Public School Systems, is highlighted in the Gotham Gazette's article, "When Making a Great Teacher is a Team Effort." 

On February 21, SMLR's Acting Dean Sue Schurman was profiled in the Los Angeles Times. In the article, Professor Schurman shared insights from her personal experiences and work as lead negotiator in the SAG-AFTRA merger process. 

Save the Date!
RU SHRM Business Conference
"Taking Stock in HR: Buy or Sell"
March 30
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Livingston Student Center
Click here for details.

Practice and Ethics
April 19
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Rutgers School of Law-Newark
All SMLR alumni who are attorneys are invited to attend this free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) course on charitable gift planning. For more information contact Meera Ananth at mananth@smlr.rutgers.edu.

Rutgers Day
April 28
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., rain or shine
New Brunswick and Piscataway campuses
Join us and learn more about the world of work while taking part in the day's fun-filled activities! There will be free parking, admission, and on-campus shuttles. Click here for details.

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.