Profile: Susan J. Schurman

Distinguished Professor and Dean of University College Community


Susan J. Schurman is Distinguished Professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where she also serves as Dean of the University College Community. She served as Dean of Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations from 2011 to 2015. From 1997-2007 she served as the founding president of the National Labor College. 

Professor Schurman received B.A. and M.A. degrees from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, where she served as Director of the Labor Studies Center and Research Investigator in the School of Public Health. She is a past president of the United Association for Labor Education and was recently reelected to a second term as president of the International Federation of Workers' Education Associations (IFWEA). She is also a board member of the Labor and Employment Research Association. She has served on numerous non-profit boards and government commissions including as a member of the Board of Trustees of Morris Brown College.

Her research and teaching focus on labor union effectiveness including strategy, structure and governance as well as constructive labor-management relations. She is also an expert on workplace safety and health – especially on the effects of occupational stress on physical and mental health.  

In 2012, Susan Schurman earned high praise from both sides for mediating the merger of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Hollywood’s two largest actors unions. For additional profiles of Professor Susan J. Schurman, please read the February 2012 article in the L.A. Times and the February 2008 issue of Rutgers Focus.

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