Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations' Update
Issue #17                                                                                                                                                           June 2014
In This Issue


May 17:

SMLR held its 11th annual Convocation at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the School of Management and Labor Relations.

Clockwise from top left: student speakers Maham Mukhtar,  Hijira Ali, Eric LeGrand, and Divya Patibandla.

Approximately seven hundred students graduated in 2014 and more than 400 of them attended the ceremony. Student

speakers and SMLR graduates included Maham Mukhtar, MHRM; Hijira Ali, MLER; Divya Patibandla, B.A. in HRM; and Eric LeGrand, B.A. LSER graduate and former Scarlet Knight, who led the procession. Attendees were treated to performances by the Rutgers Glee Club and the Rutgers Brass Ensemble. Professor Joseph McCune was selected by the HRM masters students to receive the James R. Chelius Award for Excellence in Teaching. In addition to their degrees, graduates received special medallions to commemorate their membership in the SMLR 20th anniversary graduating class.  


Prior to the ceremony, SMLR held its annual recognition dinner at the Livingston Dining Commons. Several distinguished guests were honored for their support of the school. Honorees included Sidney Seligman, chief human resources officer and senior vice president at Barnabas Health; Professor Emeritus and former SMLR Dean John F. Burton, Jr.; Melissa Daniel, MLER '01, chairperson of the SMLR Alumni and Friends Association; and Doug Duncan, MHRM '01 president of Your HR Solutions.

Presentations & Events

February 26:
Chris Howell, a professor of politics at Oberlin College in Ohio, spoke at a seminar series to bring together members of the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, Department of Political Science, and Rutgers Business School to learn about current trends in labor relations across the world. On April 9, Former Rutgers Distinguished Professor Eileen Applebaum, a renowned economist who is now at the Economic Policy Institute,

Former Rutgers Distinguished Professor, Eileen Applebaum and Ph.D Student Fuxi Wang

conducted a seminar based on her recent book, Private Equity at Work: When Wall Street Manages Main Street, at the Labor Education Center. Applebaum presented results from her collaboration with Cornell University Professor Rosemary Batt in which they conducted a comprehensive examination of private equity firms. 

Both events were part of the Capitalism and Democracy in Conflict? Governing Work in the Global Economy Lecture Series, sponsored by the Rutgers Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA). The series is led by an interdisciplinary working group comprised of faculty from SMLR (Professors Tobias Schulze-Cleven, Rebecca Givan, and Mingwei Liu) and across Rutgers. Read more.  


March 7:

More than 200 SMLR students met with more than two dozen recruiters during SMLR's Spring Career Fair, held at the Livingston Student Center. The annual event gave both HRM and LSER undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to network with prospective employers, while honing the interviewing techniques acquired through SMLR's Career Services. ... Read more.


March 14:
Susan Dentzer, senior health policy adviser for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and renowned health policy expert and journalist, was a guest speaker at the Employment Relations in Health Care Conference held at Rutgers' Labor Education Center. Dentzer spoke with more than 60 Rutgers faculty, students, and researchers about changes in the U.S. health care system and the overall projected growth of the health care industry. ... Read more.

Members of the Swedish Trade Union Confederation


April 3:

Twenty senior labor leaders from 

the Swedish Trade Union Confederation, LO, participated in a new program, Globalization and Organizing, offered by the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations' (LSER) faculty. The program is part of a three-week, leadership development series offered by SMLR, the University of Uppsala, and the University of Stockholm. ... View photos.


April 7-11:

Dr. Padma Arvind, director of the New Jersey Health Care Talent Network, organized the 2014 NJ Health Care Industry Week. The state-wide event aimed at educating the public and providing career opportunities in mental health. The week kicked-off with an opening ceremony at Rutgers, attended by more than 200 people. Read more about these affairs in the World News,The Daily Targum, and NJBIZ. Watch videos of the ceremony as covered by WMBC-TV and New Brunswick Today.


April 9:
Professor Barbara Lee gave the keynote address at an employment law conference sponsored by the National Association of College and University Attorneys and held in Boston. Professor Lee's talk, "Key Milestones in the Evolution of Employment Discrimination Law under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964," was given in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Title VII.  


April 17:
Recent graduates of the Global Executive Master's in Human Resource Leadership 

2014 GEMHRL Graduates

(GEMHRL) program were honored at the Affinia Hotel in New York City. During the event, Professor Richard W. "Dick" Beatty, world-renowned HR expert and GEMHRL's executive director, discussed the opportunities for students that are available through an endowed fund, named in his honor. For more information about The Professor Dick Beatty Endowment, contact Meera Ananth.



April 23:

Professor Mingwei Liu gave a presentation titled, "The Puzzle of Strong Union Effects in China," at the economics department of Harvard University. In this study, Professor Liu provides a critical review of the extant literature, proposes a new theoretic perspective on Chinese trade unions, and develops hypotheses about union effects on wages, legal labor

rights, and non-mandatory fringe benefits.


April 25:
Rutgers Society for Human Resource Management (RU SHRM) held its final general members meeting at the Livingston Student Center. Bob Calamai, a MHRM instructor, HR consultant and former HR Executive at IBM, spoke with students about ways to succeed as a new summer intern or when entering a new job. His insights were exceptionally well-received and a tribute to his knowledge and skilled work as an HR leader. 

Speaker and MHRM Instructor Bob Calamai

Awards were given to RU SHRM members for outstanding contributions and leadership throughout the year. RU SHRM had a stellar year, which included outstanding presentations at The Ohio State Invitational Graduate HR Case Competition, the University of Minnesota Global HR Case Competition, and the highly competitive Dow Jones case competition at SMLR. This year, the organization was highly engaged with the state community and New Jersey HR professional network, providing a top-end HR business conference that addressed HR analytics and was attended by more than 200 people.


April 26:
A record 84,000 people attended Rutgers Day events to enjoy more than 500 programs, performances, and tasty food offered by the university. SMLR was proudly represented by 15 current students, 3 alumni (Keith Bogen, MHRM '93; Melissa Daniel, BALS '93, MLER '97; and Donna Fricano, MLER '13), and several members of Rutgers University Promote Overall Worker and Employer Relationships (RU POWER). The volunteers helped to promote the school by sharing their experiences at SMLR. View highlights of the day on the SMLR Facebook and Twitter pages.


May 1:
More than 200 SMLR faculty, staff, and students gathered outside the Janice H. Levin 

SMLR students enjoy May Student Day

Building to enjoy the first ever SMLR May Student Day. While feasting on BBQ under tents, 

SMLR community members celebrated the end of the academic year and honored its student body. The event, an informal networking opportunity, was conceived by Professor Patrick McKay and organized by Meera Ananth, Ren�e Walker, and Linda Post. View our photos on SMLR's Facebook page and on the SMLR website.




May 9:

Approximately 33 students received certificates for completing continuing labor studies programs, which included the Public Sector Labor Relations Certificate Program,

Graduates of the 2014 continuing labor studies programs

Union Leadership Academy, and Employment Law for Union Representative Program. During the ceremony, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. received the Friend of Labor Award for his support of these programs. Don Horowitz, PERC Deputy General Counsel, and Thomas Giblin, business manager at IUOE Local 68 and president of the Essex County Labor Council, applauded the graduates for their achievement.


Awards & Achievements

The New Jersey Superior Court recently recognized 

William Dwyer
William Dwyer for his 20 years of service as a volunteer mediator. Dwyer is a founding member of the court's Community Dispute Resolution Program and has assisted more than 400 disputants to resolve their conflicts, achieve win-win outcomes, and avoid litigation through mediation. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer mediator, email William Dwyer
Professor Rebecca Givan




Professor Rebecca Givan was recently promoted to associate professor with tenure, as approved by the Rutgers Board of Governors. Learn more about Professor Givan's achievements.




Heather McKay

Heather McKay, director of the Education and Employment Research Center, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,882,967. The project titled Front Range Community College Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training Evaluation is being supported by the U.S. Department of Labor. Learn more about Heather McKay here.




Professor Mingwei Liu received the 2014-2015 Early Career Research Award in the amount of $5,000 from the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. The award will fund Professor Liu's project, "The Effects of Chinese Trade Unions on Workers."


Professor Mingwei Liu

Prof. Liu was also recently awarded the International Collaborative Research Grant in the amount of $8,000 for the research project, "Corporate Social Responsibility Codes of Conduct Monitoring in Global Supply Chains: Accuracy of Factory Audit, Determinants of

Compliance, and Impact on Suppliers." Sixty-seven proposals were submitted for this Rutgers grant, but only four were awarded.


Liu was invited to join the editorial board of the International Journal of Management Reviews, and he has started his second term of service on the editorial board of the Journal of International Business Studies. Both journals are highly ranked in the field of business and management.





Professor William Castellano has been appointed associate dean for SMLR's new Executive and Professional Education (EPE) program. EPE is formerly known as the Center for Management Development (CMD), a joint venture with the Rutgers Business School. The two schools have decided to pursue separate executive and professional education programs tailored to their unique needs. Professor Castellano brings an extensive background in both the corporate and higher education worlds. ... Read more


Professor Jeff Keefe will be on sabbatical leave for the 2014-2015 academic year, during which he will become a resident at Cornell University's New York School of Industrial and Labor Relations in Ithaca, NY.

Professor Joo Hun Han


Professor Joo Hun Han will join the Department of Human Resource Management in July 2014. Professor Han received his Ph.D. from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland at College Park in May 2014. He holds a master's degree in business administration from Seoul National University. His research areas include strategic HRM and compensation. 


Professor Sanghee Park



Professor Sanghee Park will join the Department of Human Resource Management in July 2014. Professor Park received her master's degree and Ph.D. from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration in May 2014. Her research interests include the influence of compensationsystems, dyadic work relationships, and performance appraisal.






Professor Susan Jackson has been appointed SMLR associate dean for strategic planning. She will lead the school's strategic planning process, a part of the university-wide strategic plan.


Professor Michael Kukenberger has accepted an exciting opportunity to join the faculty at the University of New Hampshire's business school. While at SMLR, Professor Kukenberger shared his expertise in team leadership, effectiveness, and learning.


Professor Dave Lepak has been appointed chair of the department of human resource management. Professor Lepak will hold this position for the second time. He previously served as SMLR associate dean.


Professor Patrick McKay will step down from his position as chair of the department of human resource management on June 30. Professor McKay will resume his full-time role as a faculty member and leading scholar in human resource management.  


Professor Khamudi Misra will join the faculty at California State University, East Bay in fall 2014. While at SMLR, Professor Misra successfully led courses in global human resource management, HR decision making, and organizational behavior.


Marilyn Sneiderman will join Rutgers SMLR's faculty on July 1, 2014. Sneiderman brings with her over 30 years of experience in labor, community, immigrant and social justice organizing through coalition building, strategic campaigns, and grassroots organizing. From 1996 to 2005, Sneiderman served as director of the national AFL-CIO's Department of Field

Marilyn Sneiderman

Mobilization, where she played a key role in the Federations Union Cities program which included campaigns in 30 cities to organize progressive labor community alliances. Prior to joining the AFL-CIO, Sneiderman held a number of key positions in national unions. She was education director at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters during Ron Carey's administration; she was an instructor at the George Meany Center for Labor Studies; and she was a community action coordinator at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Sneiderman has served as an adjunct instructor at a number of university labor studies programs including Cornell and the University of Illinois. She holds B.S. and M.S.W. degrees in social work from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where she majored in Community Organizing. Sneiderman has consulted with a number of national unions on organizational development and executive coaching. In 2000 she was named one of the 25 most influential working mothers in the Unites States by Working Mother magazine. Since 2010, she has served as executive director of AVODAH, the Jewish Service Corps


Professor Paula Voos has been appointed SMLR associate dean. She will retain her role as director of the undergraduate and master's programs in labor studies and employment relations. 


Student News


March 11:

Nick DeNuzzo, HRM '14, founded RooPouch Wallet, a slim adhesive wallet that sticks to the back of a smartphone. Learn more about DeNuzzo's creation.


April 18:
RU POWER held a finance forum and ice cream social in the Labor Education Center that was attended by more than two dozen students, who received personal and professional budgetary tips.  

Ph.D Student News

April 14:

Fuxi Wang successfully completed her qualifying exams. She is now an official candidate for the Ph.D. degree.



Mee Sook Kim, John McCarthy, Sean Rogers, and Anne-Laure Winkler successfully fulfilled their requirements for the Ph.D. degree. Each student was honored during the SMLR Convocation on May 17.


May 15:
Ph.D. students Mason Ameri, Scott Bentley, and Yan Chen successfully defended their respective master's thesis-the first big milestone towards completing the Ph.D. degree. 



Ph.D. program graduates Sean Rogers, Mee Sook Kim and Anne-Laure Winkler attend SMLR Convocation and University Commencement on May 18. 
Alumni News

 March 15:  

Jimmy Tarlau, an alumnus of the master's program in labor and employment relations (through the former Institute of Management and Labor Relations) and the CWA District 2-13 assistant to the vice-president, accepted the 2013 JC Turner Award for Outstanding Trades Unionist of the Year from the Metropolitan Washington Labor Council, AFL-CIO. View photos and read Tarlau's speech of Facebook


April 3:

From left to right, Yunhyung Chung '08 and Niclas Erhardt '08

Yunhyung Chung '08 and Niclas Erhardt '08,
Ph.D. program alumni, have been awarded tenure at their respective universities. Chung is a professor at the University of Idaho, and Erhardt is an associate professor at the University of Maine.  Learn more about Chung and Erhardt 


April 11:

Kaifeng Jiang, IRHR '13, and his wife, Jasmine, welcomed their son, Albert Hu Jiang. The family is doing well.


Research & Publications



Dr. J. Robert Beyster, who established SMLR's first endowed chair, is releasing a book, The SAIC Solution, in mid-July. The book explores the HR, labor relations, employee ownership, and corporate governance issues in the company he founded and has since left. For more information, visit


Professor Dorothy Sue Cobble's article, "A Higher 'Standard of Life' for the World: Labor Women's Internationalism and the Legacies of 1919," was published in the March 2014 issue of the Journal of American History. In April, Professor Cobble traveled to Vienna to participate in a workshop on gender and global labor standards, organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO). She also presented papers at the European Social Science History Conference on labor women's transnational networks in 1919 and on feminism and international labor movements in the 1950s. 


Professors Adrienne Eaton, Tracy Chang, and Paula Voos, along with Ph.D. program alumnus Sean Rogers '14, had their paper, "Choosing Union Representation: The Role of Attitudes and Emotions," accepted for publication by the Industrial Relations Journal.  The paper is based on data from a recent representation election in which flight attendants at Delta Airlines declined representation by the Airline Flight Attendants.


Professor Janice Fine and Jane Holgate have co-written a chapter in the book, Mobilizing Against Inequality: Unions, Immigrant Workers, and the Crisis of Capitalism, published in 2014 by Cornell University Press. The chapter, "The Countermovement Needs a Movement (And a Counterstrategy)," addresses trade union movements and immigrant workers. ... Read more.


Professor Barbara Lee recently had three articles accepted for publication. They are:

Professor Barbara A. Lee
  • B.A. Lee.  "Dealing with Students with Psychiatric Disorders on Campus: Legal Compliance and Prevention Strategies."  Journal of College & University Law, in press.
  • B.A. Lee and M.R. Davies. "No More 'Business as Usual' in Higher Education:  Implications for U.S. and U.K. Faculty."  Journal of College & University Law, in press.
  • B.A. Lee.  "Student-Faculty Academic Conflicts: Emerging Legal Theories and Judicial Review." Mississippi Law Journal, in press.
Professor Saul Rubinstein and John McCarthy, IRHR '14, are co-authors of the new
Professor Saul Rubinstein and John McCarthy, IRHR '14

report, Teachers Unions and Management Partnerships: How Working Together Improves Student Achievement. The report was released by The Center for American Progress during an event in Washington, D.C. It considers union-management partnerships and takes a close

look at characteristics of strong union-management partnerships, specifically considering how these partnerships at the school governance level can affect student performance.   


Professor Tobias Schulze-Cleven published a chapter titled, "Labor Market Policy: Toward A 'Flexicurity' Model in the US?," in the book, Lessons from Europe? What Americans can learn from European Public Policies. The chapter discusses political and policy strategies to build labor market institutions that better balance companies' need for flexibility with workers' desire for social security.  

In The News



March 22:
Professor David Bensman was quoted in the Washington Post regarding the classification of port truckers as independent contractors with lower pay and fewer rights in comparison to

Professor David Bensman

unionized employees. ... Read more.


March 24:
Professor Janice Fine was quoted in the WNYC article, "A Year Later .. Just Five Sandy Recovery Projects Get Oversight," in which she summarizes her findings on the oversight of New Jersey's private contractors for Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. ... Read more.


March 27:
Professor David Bensman was quoted in the Record's article on Port Newark's shipping problems and its effect on the work and employment of longshoremen and truckers. ... Read more.


March 28: 
Professor Dorothy Sue Cobble was interviewed for the public radio show, BackStory with the American History Guys. Professor Cobble discusses a 1920s Supreme Court case that won greater equality for working women but struck down the minimum wage laws that were aimed at them. ... Listen to the audio.


April 6: 
Professor Janice Fine was quoted in the Boston Globe article, "Not Your Grandpa's Labor
Professor Janice Fine
Union," in which she discusses the rise of "alt-labor" organizations, Read more.  Janice Fine was also quoted in the Wall Street Journal, regarding New Jersey's oversight of recovery efforts following superstorm Sandy.  ... Read more.


April 7:
Professor David Bensman's op-ed, "Workers on the Edge," was featured in The American Prospect. Professor Bensman discusses how payroll fraud and the shift to contingent employment are "robbing workers of wages, benefits, and job security-and stealing revenues owed to government." ... Read more.


April 7
Professor Dana Britton, director of the Center for Women and Work, was quoted in an amNewYork article on the U.S.'s gender wage gap. In the article, published the day before Equal Pay Day (April 8), Professor Britton discusses the inequalities between men and women at work. ... Read more.


April 17:
Professor Rebecca Givan was quoted in The Wall Street Journal. In the article, Professor Givan addresses the recent contract agreement between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and its largest union. ... Read more.


April 22:
Professor Barbara Lee was quoted in The New Republic article, "Roberts Court: States Can Ban Affirmative Action," in which she addresses the empowerment of affirmative action's opponents at the state level. ... Read more.


April 23:
Bill Dwyer was quoted in The Morning Call, regarding PPL, the Allentown, PA based electric company, and its new contract with Local 1600 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. ... Read more.


April 24:
Professor Janice Fine was quoted in The New York Times article, "In Florida Tomato Fields, A Penny Buys Progress," in which she addresses Florida's tomatoes growers' treatment of its workers. ... Read more.

Carmen Martino

April 25:

Carmen Martino was quoted in the Asbury Park Press article, "Temp Workers Become a Permanent Feature of the Jersey Shore Economy." In the article, Martino says, "Unions have found it tough to organize a work force that constantly turns over. ... Read more.      



April 26:

Professor Francis Ryan was acknowledged in The Philadelphia Inquirer's article, "Black Pioneer, a State Rep., Finally Honored." Professor Ryan is credited with helping to establish a historic marker, honoring John C. Asbury, a distinguished African-American lawyer and state representative in early 20th century Pennsylvania. ... Read more.


April 26:
Dean Susan J. Schurman joined the Fresh Outlook's panel discussion on the U.S. middle class' global standing. Watch Dean Schurman's interview on the weekly, live cable show.


Dean Susan J. Schurman joins a panel discussion on the U.S. middle class

April 30:
Professor David Bensman was quoted in the Fortune magazine article, "American Truckers Have Been Stranded By Employers." He discusses the labor rights of truck drivers and the labeling of these workers as independent contractors. ... Read more.


April 30:
Christopher Mackin, SMLR adjunct lecturer, wrote an article about former L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling that was featured in the PBS Newshour.  ... Read more.  


May 6;
Dean Susan J. Schurman's op-ed on student-athletes was published in The Star-Ledger. In the article, Dean Schurman proposes that student-athletes should have the ability to major in sports. ... Read more.


May 14:
Professor Terri Boyer, executive director of the Center for Women and Work, was interviewed by NJ101.5, during which she compared the leisure time of mothers with that of fathers. Listen to the audio:


Save The Dates!


September 29 
SMLR Career Fair 
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.   
Livingston Student Center
Meet with more than 50 employers in Human Resource Management and Labor Studies and Employment Relations! Practice your interview skills and network with several recruiters. For more information, visit



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