About SMLR

SMLR Learning Objectives


Three Core Areas for Success in SMLR

The curriculum in the programs within SMLR focus on different areas (i.e., HRM, LSER) and levels of study (ie. undergraduate, master’s, Ph.D.).  Across these programs, we strive to advance students' cognitive skills and processes, their knowledge of theory and application, and develop their professional skills. Areas include:

William S. Borden Graduate Memorial Fund

William S. "Bill" Borden, MLER ’83, was an advisor and instructor at SMLR. Bill always went above and beyond to help students at SMLR and was an inspiration for students and colleagues alike. Bill served in the U.S. Navy for two tours during World War II and the Korean War.



  • Education

    B.A. Rutgers University

    J.D. Rutgers University

  • Expertise

    - Litigation, appellate practice, arbitration, mediation, fact-finding, and collective bargaining

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  • School of Management and Labor Relations
    Rutgers University
    Labor Education Center
    50 Labor Center Way
    New Brunswick, NJ 08903




Ashley Conway is an instructor at Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations and Rutgers' Edward J. Bloustein School for Planning and Public Policy. She has had a long career in public health and public service. With a nursing specialty in HIV/AIDS and expertise in workforce issues, Ms. Conway most recently directed the New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission’s Health Care Workforce Development program. Prior to that, she served as the director of the Disease Surveillance and Response Division for Calvert County Maryland.   

  • Education

    A.S. Nursing, Washtenaw Community College
    B.A. Labor Studies/Adult Education, National Labor College
    M.A. Organizational Development and Change, American University

  • Expertise

    Special interest in workforce development, climate change, crisis communications, and online learning

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  • aconway@rutgers.edu
  • School of Management and Labor Relations
    Rutgers University
    Labor Education Center
    50 Labor Center Way
    New Brunswick, NJ 08903



All applicants to Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations must submit a formal application and fee through Rutgers University (with exception of the B.S. program in Labor and Employment Relations. Interested applicants should email bs@work.rutgers.edu). If you are interested in applying or reapplying to a SMLR program, please click on the appropriate links below:

SMLR Career Services & Opportunities

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At SMLR, students have the option of participating in programs that explore strategic Human Resource Management (HRM) as well as Labor Studies and Employment Relations (LSER). In addition to these studies, students are provided assistance in their career pursuits through our Career Services.


Human Resource Management

Len Garrison, Career Services Manager
Phone: 848-445-4629

Ildi Koczan
Career Management Specialist

Nayana Vaidya
Career Management Specialist

Ellen Weber, Administrative Assistant

Labor Studies and Employment Relations

Sattik Deb, Director of Student Services
Phone: 848-932-0303

William Dwyer, Faculty Career Services Advisor

Billy McGovern, Career Services Coordinator
Phone: 848-932-1980

Justin Vinton, Employer Relations Coordinator
Phone: 848-932-9505


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Thank you for your interest in Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations.

If you are interested in our programs or have a general inquiry, please see the contacts listed below.



Ralph Rodriguez is a professor in SMLR's Department of Human Resource Management. He has taught undergraduate courses in human resource management and organizational communication.

"I believe teaching to be a thoroughly interactive process that encourages and energizes students to engage with each other, the subject, and the 'professor',” says Rodriguez. 

  • Education

    Ph.D., Temple University

    M.B.A., Cornell University

    B.S. Philadelphia College of Bible

  • Publications

    Rodriguez, Ralph A. Challenging Demographic Reductionism: A Pilot Study Investigating Diversity in Group Composition. Small Group Research, December, 1998.

  • Expertise

    - Human Resource Management

    - Organizational communication