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In This Issue
Acting Dean Sue Schurman Addresses School
PhD Students and Alumni Awarded Best Graduate Student Paper
Terri Boyer Discusses "The Mommy Wars"
Professor Paula Caligiuri's Keynote at SHRM's Conference & Expo
Professor Dorothy Sue Cobble's Recent Publications
New Acting Dean to Lead School, Continue Excellence
Acting Dean Sue Schurman

Dear Everyone,


With the fall semester in full swing, we have entered a season marked by many new beginnings, including my own start as acting dean of the School of Management and Labor Relations. It is a pleasure and honor to provide leadership for the school. As a long-time SMLR faculty member, I will draw from our past successes to continue the school's record of outstanding scholarship in the fields of human resource management, labor studies and employment relations as well as offering leading programs of study for our students.


Recently, these successes include the following: 

  • More than 100 students have selected our new undergraduate HRM major.  
  • Our new BS in Labor and Employment Relations program has met its enrollment targets a full year ahead of schedule.   
  • Our continuing studies programs offered by the Center for Management Development, LEARN, and Center for Women and Work have all shown increased popularity.

These and many other accomplishments reflect the work of our outstanding faculty and staff, whose efforts have made our school one of the world's leading centers for teaching and scholarship about work and employment. I invite you to read our new SMLR Update where you can find out more about the extraordinary breadth of our faculty and staff activities.


Today, in this period of enormous change in the economic and political landscape, it is more important than ever to gain a full understanding of the world of work. I encourage you to visit our Web site, read one of our many research briefs, or take advantage of one of our education programs.


With talented faculty, a dedicated staff, and consistently impressive students, I'm looking forward to new accomplishments in the year ahead.




Sue Schurman

Acting Dean

School of Management and Labor Relations   

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Issue: 1November 3, 2011
Welcome to the first issue of the SMLR Update, our e-newsletter dedicated to highlighting the most up-to-date news, events, and developments on our school. We want you to stay connected and encourage you to share your news. Read more below and please feel free to spread our news!  
Awards & Grants

On October 20-22, doctoral students Kyongji Han and Andy Kim along with MHRM alumni Youngsang Kim and Janghoon Seo received the Best Graduate Student Paper Award at the 54th Midwest Academy of Management Annual Conference held in Omaha, NE. Kim, Han, Kim, and Seo co-authored "A Behavioral Contagion Process of Greening Workplaces: A Cross-level Model," a study that highlights social context in greening workplaces. Youngsang Kim is a current doctoral student at the University of South Carolina, and Janghoon Seo is a doctoral student at Georgia State University.  


PhD students Kaifeng Jiang and Sean Rogers

Sean Rogers & Kaifeng Jiang
From left, PhD students Sean Rogers and Kaifeng Jiang

were awarded a $4,000 research grant from the Institute for Nonprofits at North Carolina State University to study psychological climate, motivation, and job satisfaction among volunteer workers. Their study will utilize survey data collected by the American Society of Association Executives, which includes information on 14,832 volunteers in 23 organizations.  


Acting Dean Sue Schurman and Professor Adrienne Eaton are co-principal investigators on a grant from the American Center for International Labor Solidarity (ACILS) to study trade unions' efforts to organize and represent workers in the informal economy globally. They are leading an international team covering Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and North America. They will present the first draft of their report at a global seminar in Capetown, South Africa on December 2, 2011. The research is part of ACILS's core grant from USAID.  


Acting Dean Sue Schurman and Executive Director of the Center for Women and Work Terri Boyer are co-principal investigators on a grant from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development to create a Talent Network for workforce development in the New Jersey health care industry. Sandra Lopacki joins the team as the Project Director and brings a long history in health care through her work for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.   

In the Media - Women & Work

Terri Boyer, executive director, Center for Women and Work was quoted in SouthJersey.com's article, "A Mother's Work." Boyer discusses issues surrounding working mothers and those who stay at home.  


Heather McKay, director of Innovative Training and Workforce Development, discusses why it's important to provide training for women that fit into their schedules and how this can help support their families. Watch the video from Rutgers Today.

Presentations & Events
Paula Caliguiri
Professor Paula Caligiuri

Professor Paula Caligiuri gave the keynote at the 20th Annual Garden State Convention-Society for Human Resource Management State Conference and Expo held on October 23-25 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Her presentation, "Building a Pipeline of Culturally Agile Professionals," described what cultural agility is (and isn't) and offered various ways human resource practitioners can help develop a pipeline of cultural agile professionals within their organizations. More than 70 of New Jersey's top human resources service providers attended the three-day convention. In addition to her talk, Paula was recently quoted in the CNN article, The Global Workforce: Challenge or Asset?  


Tracy Chang, director of LEARN, attended the International Symposium on Chinese Labor Relations: Trends, Prospects, and Limitations held at Beijing Normal University which was held August 20-21. Chang gave the event's opening and closing remarks on behalf of Rutgers SMLR, a sponsor of the symposium. The symposium was attended by scholars from the U.S., Europe, and Australia and from different universities in China, who discussed different issues and perspectives surrounding in Chinese labor relations.


On October 17, Professor Barbara Lee presented her paper, "Surfing, Shopping and Blogging: Regulation of Employee Social Media Use," at the Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference in Burlington, VT. She also presented a webinar, "What Department Chairs Need to Know About Legal Issues and Risk Management," on October 20. The webinar was sponsored by the Jossey Bass Department Chair Leadership Institute.


On October 26-28, Anne-Laure Winkler, a PhD student, presented her paper, "Corporate Social Performance Attracts Talent: The Moderating Role of Prosocial Orientation," at the 18th Annual International Business Ethics Conference at St John's University.  



Professor Dorothy Sue Cobble's most recent publication is about the half-century intellectual revolution that made the Wagner Act possible. A forthcoming essay on class condescension and the rise of a new Social Darwinism will appear in Dissent magazine's special issue on American workers. This fall she is writing a paper on global labor movements and working women to help inform the international work of the Solidarity Center, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). Her spring course on Women and Labor Movements in the U.S. and Globally will draw on this paper and her on-going research on the history of working women's internationalism.


Save the Date!

7th Annual Labor and Management Conference 
December 9, 2011
9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.   

Labor Education Center 

New Brunswick, NJ Convocation


SMLR Convocation 

May 12, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Louis Brown Athletic Center,  



International Association for the Economics of Participation (IAFEP) Conference
July 12-14, 2012
Professor Doug Kruse
is organizing the two-day conference to provide an international forum for the presentation and debate of current research and scholarship on the economics of participation.

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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.