Meet the Dean

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Acting Dean Adrienne Eaton

Adrienne Eaton is the Acting Dean at the School of Management and Labor Relations. She has three current, long-term streams of research.

The first of those streams concerns union participation in management decision-making and the relationship of unions to direct forms of worker participation. Professor Eaton's work has been published in Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Labor Studies Journal, Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations and several book chapters. Most recently, she is co-author along with Tom Kochan, Paul Adler and Robert McKersie of the book, Healing Together: The Kaiser Permanente Labor-Management Partnership and several research reports on the Kaiser Permanente Labor-Management Partnership.

The second research stream concerns the negotiation, effectiveness and outcomes of neutrality and card check agreements. This research has been published in Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Perspectives on Work, in a book chapter, and in technical reports.

The third stream concerns the impact of unionization of particular groups of workers. This work includes papers on the unionization of managerial workers, including public sector supervisors and has been published in Labor Studies Journal and in book chapters. More recently, she has conducted research on the impact of unionization on graduate student employees.

Professor Eaton is a member of the editorial boards for Labor Studies Journal and the Journal of Workplace Rights. She is past Editor-in-Chief of the Labor and Employment Relations Association, a position she held from 2002-2009. She served as a member of New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission from January 2010 to June 2011. She is also a past President of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT, the union of faculty and graduate student employees at Rutgers. The Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) named Adrienne Eaton a 2017 LERA Fellow in recognition of her research on union and worker participation in management decision-making; neutrality and card check agreements in union organizing; and other key labor issues.