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Professor Tobias Schulze-Cleven Joins SMLR
Dr. Susan J. Schurman is Appointed SMLR's Dean
Convocation & Graduation Ceremonies
Professor Caligiuri's Interviews
Professor Tobias Schulze-Cleven Joins The
LSER Department
Professor Tobias Schulze-Cleven
Professor Tobias Schulze-Cleven is joining the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations this fall. He will teach courses in "Labor and the Global Economy" and "Comparative Employment Relations."


Professor Schulze-Cleven is currently a postdoctoral fellow with appointments at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University and the Department of Sociology at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz/Germany. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy, politics, and economics from the University of Oxford; a master of science degree in comparative social policy from the University of Oxford; and a master of arts and doctorate degrees in political science, both from the University of California, Berkeley.


He brings a comparative and international perspective to the study of labor relations. Professor Schulze-Cleven's research analyzes the politics of labor market reforms in European countries, focusing in particular on the role of unions in shaping national processes of adaptation in Germany and Denmark. His research identifies diverging pathways to increase labor market flexibility over the past several decades and highlights the reorientation of labor market policies away from providing "passive" support toward "activating" workers. Professor Schulze-Cleven also studies the politics behind contemporary higher education reforms in the United States and Germany.


Professor Schulze-Cleven's research has been published in journal articles, book chapters, and newspapers. It has been supported by a variety of fellowships, including Harvard's Labor and Worklife Program, the University of California's Labor and Employment Research Fund, and Germany's Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. He has taught courses on comparative politics and political economy at the University of Bamberg and at Zeppelin University in Germany, and he was recognized with a teaching award at Berkeley.


"I am very excited to be joining the faculty at Rutgers," says Professor Schulze-Cleven. "My own work has greatly benefited from the research conducted at SMLR, and I am eager to contribute to the teaching and research agenda at SMLR."   


If you would like to contact Professor Tobias Schulze-Cleven, e-mail  schulzecleven@gmail.com

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Issue: # 8May 22, 2012

In this issue of the SMLR Update, we celebrate the great news and events that occurred at the end of this academic year. We proudly announce Dr. Susan J. Schurman's appointment as dean of SMLR. We also highlight new research on paid leave, welcome a new professor, and applaud the many graduates from our programs. Please take a moment to read below and feel free to spread our news!  

On May 9, 2012, Rutgers University
Professor Sue Schurman 
Dean Susan J. Schurman
President Richard L. McCormick announced  Dr. Susan J. Schurman's appointment as dean of the School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR). Dr. Schurman served as SMLR's acting dean since September 2011. She will continue to serve as dean of Rutgers' University College Community. Dr. Schurman brings tremendous scholarly and practical experience to the deanship. She came to Rutgers 20 years ago as an associate professor of labor studies and director of labor extension programs within SMLR. In 1997, she began a decade-long tenure as the founding president of the National Labor College in Silver Springs, Maryland. Over the past five years, she has worked closely with the academic units at Rutgers-New Brunswick to create new degree completion options for adult non-traditional students ... read more to learn about Dr. Schurman or watch her recent interview from Rutgers iTVStudio.

Professor Dorothy Sue Cobble was appointed a distinguished lecturer by the Organization of American Historians (OAH). As an OAH distinguished lecturer, Professor Cobble will serve a 3-year, renewable term in which she will speak to diverse audiences across the county, hosted by colleges, historical societies, and museums. The lectureship program roster currently includes more than 400 speakers from around the world.       


Wanda Radowski, esteemed secretary at the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, is retiring from SMLR beginning June 1. Radowski has worked for SMLR for the past ten years, and her cheery personality and dedication to all the people who work at and attended the school will be missed.Click here for Wanda's contact information. 

Presentations & Events
SMLR's Convocation 2012
More than a dozen SMLR students were recently honored as academic scholars during Rutgers University's 2012 Academic Excellence Award and Phi Beta Kappa ceremonies.  


Approximately 310 SMLR students and 2,500 guests gathered in the Louis Brown Athletic Center on May 12, 2012 to celebrate the school's 9th annual Convocation. Dean Susan J. Schurman, the presiding officer, and SMLR's faculty proudly acknowledged the hard work of students within the school's undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs in human resource management (HRM) and labor studies and employment relations (LSER).   


On April 19, ten human resource professionals proudly graduated from SMLR's Global Executive Master's Program in Human Resource Leadership (GEMHRL). The graduates, their family, corporate sponsors, and SMLR professors gathered at the Affinia Manhattan Hotel Ballroom in New York to celebrate this milestone. 

Graduates from GEMHRL


Approximately 20 current students, corporate sponsors, and alumni from SMLR's Global Executive Master's Program in Human Resource Leadership (GEMHRL) gathered at the Benjamin Hotel in New York on April 20 to discuss trends in executive compensation and human resource (HR) transformation. Professor Charles Tharp, chief executive officer at the Center on Executive Compensation, and Michael Chivers '06, a graduate of the Rutgers-Bocconi EMHRL program and corporate vice president of human resources at Sony Mobile Communications, were guest speakers.


On May 11, 2012, students from the Union Leadership Academy (ULA), Employment Law for Union Representatives, and New Jersey Public Sector Labor Relations programs graduated during a joint ceremony held at the Labor

LEARN's Graduation 2012
Graduates from LEARN's programs

Education Center. Professor Tracy Chang, director of LEARN, and Professor Adrienne Eaton, chair of the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, proudly distributed certificates of completion to the graduates.   


Approximately 75,000 New Jersey residents came out to attend the University's annual celebration of Rutgers Day. The School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) was well represented by faculty, staff, alumni, and student volunteers from the Department of Human Resource Management (HRM) as well as the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations (LSER). See highlights from the day on our Website and Facebook page. 

Professor Paula Caligiuri's work with the U.S. military on developing cross-cultural competence was recently cited by the Council on Foreign Relations' Independent Task Force report on U.S. Education Reform and National Security. The Task Force was chaired by Joel Klein, former head of New York City public schools, and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. 

On April 30, the Center for Women and Work and the National Partnership for Women & Families released a study, Policy Matters: Public Policy, Paid Leave for New Parents, and Economic Security for U.S. Workers. The study concludes that public policies can substantially increase workers' utilization of paid leave as well as the duration of leave following the birth of a child. In addition, the reportPolicy Matters shows that paid leave policies can be viewed as proactive public investments in the health and well-being of children and families in the United States. The reporter has been greatly highlighted in the press, with articles in the Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs (lead article), Chicago Tribune, NJ101.5, Kansas City Star, and the Huffington Post.


Early findings from Heather McKay's Lumina Foundation Adult College Completion (ACC) project were presented this month at conferences held in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. McKay, director of Innovative Training and Workforce Development Research and Programs at the Center for Women and Work (CWW), attended the New Jersey Life Long Learning Association meeting on May 11 to speak with New Jersey educators about working more closely with the workforce development system to promote college completion. She also presented information on the ACC project and the recent report released by CWW's Working Poor Families program, "Close But No Degree." On May 16, Mary Murphree from CWW and Mike Lawrence from NAWB attended the PA Partners Conference on behalf of the ACC project, where they presented early findings from the ACC work in Pennsylvania to workforce development staff from all over the state.


Alumni News
Ron Weisinger '93, HRM alumnus
Ron Weisinger '93, an alumnus from the human resource management program, and his 2.5-year-old dog, Ben E, are a registered pet therapy team through the nationally recognized organization, Pet Partners. They provide weekly pet therapy visits to the residents of the VA Hospital in Bedford, MA as well as a local assisted living center. "I have rediscovered the joy of volunteering and seen the magic of a dog's affection for people who are often in the last stage of life," says Weisinger.  


In the News

On May 11, a few days shy of Mother's Day, Professor Terri Boyer was fittingly quoted in a New Jersey Biz article on working parents. "Especially in terms of statewide policies, New Jersey is one of the more family-friendly states," Professor Boyer said. "I would definitely put it (New Jersey) up there, though there's still room to grow."      


On April 4, Professor Paula Caligiuri was the guest host for Rutgers iTV Studio's Breakfast at the Barracks. Professor Caligiuri interviewed Dean Sue Schurman, Professor Jessica Methot, and several distinguished

Professor Paula Caligiuri (on left) interviews Professor Jessica Methot.

Rutgers university professors.

On May 18, Professor Caligiuri switched roles from interviewer to interviewee, while being interviewed on CNN International. She spoke about Facebook's IPO and the effect of its newly created millionaire employees on the workplace. In addition, Professor Caligiuri's research on developing cross-cutural competencies was recently highlighted by Deloitte.    


SMLR has appointed 22 fellows to study broad-based employee stock ownership and profit sharing in corporations, the U.S. economy and society. "Our goal is to build a whole new generation of scholars to study workplace issues. By bringing together economists, finance experts, human resources scholars, industrial relations scholars, sociologists, philosophers, political scientists, historians, psychologists, anthropologists, and others we hope to come up with new interdisciplinary insights on corporations," says SMLR Dean Susan Schurman. See the complete list of fellows or read the articles in My Central Jersey and CNBnews.


On May 11, Karen White's op-ed on paid leave was featured in the Star-Ledger. White's article references the Center for Women and Work's recent study, which highlights how New Jersey's paid family leave program strengthens families and businesses.   

Save the Date!
International Association for the Economics of Participation (IAFEP) Conference

July 13-15
The IAFEP Conferences, which take place every two years, provide an international forum for the presentation and debate of current research and scholarship on the economics of participation. 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.