Leadership Change at SMLR


               James Hayton

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 31, 2017) – The Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) today announced that James Hayton will step down as Dean on June 30 for family reasons. Adrienne Eaton, who currently serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, will become Acting Dean on July 1.

“It has been an extremely difficult decision,” Hayton said. “I am grateful to have had an opportunity to serve as Dean at a school that I have always respected as a leading institution in our field, with so many great scholars in both departments whose work I have read, cited, and admired throughout my career.”

Arriving at SMLR in 2015, Hayton outlined a series of strategic initiatives to build on the school’s nationally recognized research power. He has focused on three main areas: research impact, internationalization, and program innovation. His accomplishments include:

  • Strengthening SMLR’s external engagement to better communicate the school’s impact on policy and practice in areas of strategic focus: shared capitalism; education; gender and diversity; global work and employment; healthcare; innovation in worker organization; and workforce development;
  • Channeling research into real world impact by investing in several key centers, including the launch of SMLR’s New Jersey – New York Center for Employee Ownership, a one-stop source of best practices and technical assistance for companies interested in employee stock ownership plans, profit sharing, and similar programs;
  • Expanding SMLR’s global reach with the development of new international joint degree programs and the creation of the Rutgers-Renmin Center for Global Work and Employment with Renmin University, China’s leading school of Labor Relations and Human Resource Management; the introduction of a new Human Resource Management certificate program for MBA students at East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST); and the arrival of Rutgers University’s first Chair of Contemporary Indian Studies, Dr. Binod Khadria, in partnership with Rutgers University-New Brunswick Chancellor Richard L. Edwards and the Consulate General of India, New York;
  • Developing SMLR’s online capabilities by expanding the range of online classes and initiating a new Online Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management (MHRM) program that is set to launch in 2018.

Hayton, a native of the United Kingdom, will be returning to the UK with his wife and two young children. He will resume his professorship at the Warwick Business School in the University of Warwick.


               Adrienne Eaton

Chancellor Edwards has appointed Eaton to a one-year term as Acting Dean of SMLR. A highly cited expert in the study of labor unions and labor-management partnerships, Eaton joined the SMLR faculty in 1987. She is a Professor and past Chair of the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, and she is currently serving her second term as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

“While I am sad that Dean Hayton is leaving us, I am very excited about the opportunity to provide new leadership to the school at which I have spent my academic career,” Eaton said. “We are proud of our two excellent departments and our many dynamic extension and research centers. SMLR is sometimes referred to as a ‘hidden gem’ and I want to continue the work of raising our profile so we are hidden no longer.”

Eaton, who received her Ph.D. in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin, has edited several special issues of academic journals, authored countless articles, co-authored a book on labor-management partnership, and co-edited two books including one just published on collective action by informal workers around the world.

She served as Editor for the Labor and Employment Relations Association from 2002 to 2009, and served as a member of New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission from January 2010 to June 2011. She is a past President of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT, the union of faculty and graduate student employees.