SMLR Update January 2011

Rutgers News

Governor's Task Force on Higher Education

The much anticipated report by former Gov. Tom Kean, who chaired the task force on NJ higher education, was released this month.  In the Governor's news conference following the report's release, Gov. Chris Christie gives some frank answers regarding the implementation of the report. While much of the attention has focused on the call to reunite Rutgers and the RWJ Medical School in New Brunswick, there are a number of other encouraging recommendations for Rutgers, including providing annual capital funding and removing any tuition caps. Perhaps the most relevant recommendation for SMLR is that Rutgers should focus its resources on key centers of excellence and eliminate redundancies across campuses. 

SMLR News 

Executive Master's Graduation 
On Thursday January 20th, we had a successful graduation for the 2011 Global Executive Master's in HR Leadership program in New York City.  Several of the participants, who came from 4 continents and leading companies around the world, have already been promoted. 

Executive Master's January 2011 graduation

New Endowment Campaign to Celebrate Career of Dick Beatty
I was pleased to announce at the graduation the launch of a campaign to create a permanent endowment to honor Prof. Dick Beatty, who has devoted his entire career to transforming the role of HR in organizations and, through the EMHRL program, to developing the next generation of HR leaders to carry on this mission.  We want to thank David Nurenberg, a loyal supporter of the program who has just stepped down as SVP of HR at Boeringer Ingleheim, for providing a leadership to launch this effort, as well as Marcia Avedon and the Ingersoll Rand Foundation, John Lucas of Lockheed Martin, and Craig Schneier of Biogen who have already pledged their support.  Together we have already raised over $100,000 toward this effort.  We hope that all of the companies and graduates who have benefitted from this program will join us in this effort. 

Honor for Barbara Lee
Professor Barbara Lee has been elected to membership in the American Law Institute. According to its website, "The American Law Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law...  By participating in the Institute's work, its distinguished members have the opportunity to influence the development of the law in both existing and emerging areas, to work with other eminent lawyers, judges, and academics, to give back to a profession to which they are deeply dedicated, and to contribute to the public good." 

CWW Director Candidates
Two very impressive finalists for the position of Director of the Center for Women and Work visited over the last two weeks: David Maume, a sociologist, heads the Center for Research on Work, Family, & Gender at the University of Cincinnati, and Stephanie Seguino, of the University of Vermont, is the President of the International Association for Feminist Economists.   

Congratulations to Mohammad (Abbas) Ali
Abbas, who is completing his PhD this semester, has just accepted a job offer to become an assistant professor at New York Institute of Technology, where he will be joining SMLR graduate Maya Kroumova, who chairs the Human Resource Management & Law Department.  We're delighted that he has accepted a position in the New York area which will facilitate collaboration with his colleagues at SMLR faculty.

New Book Release
Stan Gully and Jean Phillips’ latest book was just released: Phillips, J.M., & Gully, S.M. (2012). Organizational Behavior. Mason, OH: South-Western/Cengage Learning.

Labor Relations: English-Speaking Universities
The journal Revista Critica de Historia de las Relaciones Laborales y de la Politica Social LABOUR RELATIONS published a useful listing of Labor Relations programs around the world which features SMLR. 

Silver Anniversary
Congratulations to Ellen Weber.  This month marks her 25th anniversary of working at Rutgers. 

Correction:  An Item from John Burton in the last Update should have read as follows:
"Department of Delayed Gratification.  “My first published article was “The Uniform Commercial Code and Conflict of Laws,” published in 1960 in The American Journal of Comparative Law.  I wrote the article as a senior in law school and the acceptance was a major factor in my decision to obtain a Ph.D. and to pursue an academic career.  However, the topic of the article was relatively obscure (to say the least) and I assumed that no one had ever read this trenchant analysis, other than the editor and me.  (There was not a great demand for the 20 reprints I received from the Journal: one or two are still in my possession, but the rest were discarded decades ago.) But here is the reward for patience: in a forthcoming article by Associate Professor Kenneth Kettering in the Gonzaga Law Review, footnote 38 includes inter alia this insightful and compelling commentary: “An extensive polemical literature on successive versions of Section 1-105 appeared in the 1950s and early 1960s.  For relatively nonpolemical reviews, see Professor Leflar’s article [with citation], John F. Burton, Jr. [with citation to my article], and Hawland [with citation].”  I am surely not going to receive tenure on the basis of that footnote, but still – a favorable mention for the first time after 50 years?  How much delayed gratification can one Emeritus Professor endure?”

SMLR and Rutgers in the News

Eric LeGrand Profile on ESPN
SMLR student and Rutgers defensive lineman Eric LeGrand describes his injury and recovery in a moving interview with ESPN on Sportscenter that first aired on Friday, January 7th. Go to to sign up for upcoming benefits to aid him and his family during the long rehabilitation process.

Healthy Work-Life Balance
Karen White was quoted in an article in The Home News Tribune on Thursday, December 9th.  The article, "Healthy Work-Life Balance More Difficult During the Holidays," was written by Joe Schur and Rohan Mathew from The Intersect Fund.  

Professional Science Master's
The article written by Joseph Rosenbloom, “A Master’s for Science Professionals Sweeps U.S. Schools,” published in The New York Times, discusses the continued emergence of the PSM as a national fixture at many universities. Please follow this link to read the full article.

Aloha from Paula Caligiuri
Paula Caligiuri was interviewed on a Hawaian News show regarding her book Get a Life, Not a Job.  They talk about the feedback on the book and how it has helped people gain income as well as personal satisfaction. 

NJ Pharmaceuticals Industry
David Finegold is quoted in a blog on NJ Pharmaceutical Companies, and the restructuring underway in the industry.    

Rutgers, Union Leadership Academy offers certicate programs for union officers, members
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The Union Leadership Academy programs, and public sector labor-management programs were discussed in an Asbury Park Press article on  The article discusses the certificate programs being offered this spring by the Union Leadership Academy for union officials and members, and members of the public sector. These programs will be offered at 4 locations as well as live online.   

Highlights of Dean's Activities 

SMLR had a great turnout of faculty, staff, and doctoral students at the annual Labor and Employment Relations Association meeting in Denver earlier this month. Anne-Laure Winkler and Mohammad Ali were finalists in the competition for Best Student paper award given by the consortium of IR schools.    Among the highlights of the meeting were Eileen Appelbaum's address as the outgoing LERA President, a lifetime achievement award for Fran Benson, who has published so many of the key books in our field at the ILR Press, and the launch of the Employment Policy Research Network (  This effort is being funded by the Rockefeller and Sloan Foundations and spearheaded by MIT's Tom Kochan. LERA is hosting it to bring together the latest research from across the US and around the world to try to enhance policies that promote better jobs.  Tom has asked me to coordinate the skills and workforce development section of the site.  See my latest blog for some of the research presented on the impact of financialization of the economy on US workers.   

Rutgers India Strategy
As part of our efforts to develop an India strategy for Rutgers, Shino John and I met with the leadership team for University admissions to get the data on Indian stuent enrollments at Rutgers and to discuss expanding our already strong recruitment of Indian students going forward.  Last year there were 754 undergraduate and graduate students at Rutgers from India.  In addition, there were nearly 10,000 (9,914) American students of Asian origin at Rutgers, and the best estimate from the head of Admissions is that 33-40% of these are South Asian (approximately 3,500). Rutgers is located in one of the greatest and most rapidly growing Indian communities in the US. It is centered on Edison.  NJ’s Indian population grew 123% from 79,400 to 180,000 between the 1990 and 2000 census, and similar rapid growth is expected when the final 2010 census numbers are released.

Executive Teaching
I had the opportunity to lead a session with our EMHRL students, discussing the rapidly evolving education and training system in India and China, and one with the Rutgers Executive MBA students, that focused on the major trends that are reshaping the biopharma industry globally and here in New Jersey.

NSF Ethics Proposal
I'm working with a group led by Eileen Kowler of the Graduate School to put together a cross-RU proposal to NSF to enhance ethics education and applied research by creating interdisciplinary and international communities of practice focused on some key areas of activity at Rutgers -- e.g. biodiversity, privacy in the Internet age, genetics, and technology commercialization.

Athletic Director
I had a  lunch meeting with Tim Pernetti to discuss ways that we may be able to work together to reach out to the 10 former SMLR students who are currently playing in the NFL as the league heads into what is likely to be the highest-profile labor dispute in the country in the months ahead. 

MBS Industry Advisory Board
We had a well-attended meeting of the Industrial Advisory Board for the Master of Business and Science program that provided an update on the growth of the program: it now has over 100 students, and plans for further global expansion in the year ahead. 


Chasing Miracles: The Crowley Family’s Journey of Strength, Hope and Joy that Inspired the Major Motion Picture Extraordinary Measures—Monday, Jan 24, 6 PM, Core Bldg., 1st FL Auditorium, BC
Come hear John F. Crowley, Chairman & CEO of Amicus Therapeutics, speak in the MBS's monthly "Building Innovation Ecosystems" Lecture Series. 

Muller v. Oregon: Over a Century Later, with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:  Celebrating the 19th Amendment: Ninety Years
In the historic case of Muller v. Oregon, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of a 1903 Oregon statute prohibiting the employment of women in industrial jobs for more than ten hours per day. Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg delivers an insightful lecture on Muller, its origins, and its legacy, focusing on changing views of women's rights and needs in the eyes of the Court, legislatures, and the public. Date: 01/27/2011 06:30 PM, Full Price Ticket (Non-Members): $20.00, Member Cost: $10.00. To order by phone please call SmartTix at 212-868-4444.

Mini-MBA Strategic Marketing in Jersey City
The Rutgers Center for Management Development (CMD) is offering a Mini-MBA Strategic Marketing Program in Jersey City that prepares marketing managers and financial professionals for careers in demand. This Executive Education Program has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Labor for workforce training grants. Funding may be available for those receiving unemployment benefits.

ILPC April 2011 Conference at the University of Leeds
Registration and a call for papers is now open for the 29th International Labour Process Conference at University of Leeds. An early-bird conference fee is available until 15th Feb 2011, and special rates for PhD students can be found on the site. If you have any questions regarding registration please contact Details about how to travel to the conference can be found at the University of Leeds website