SMLR Update May 23, 2011

 Below the end of term update.  We ended the academic year on a high note, with successful graduations, two leading articles in the same edition of Rutgers Today which featured SMLR Convocation speaker Mary Evans and Karen White, and a feature story on the investiture ceremony for the J. Robert Beyster Professor that appearedback cover of the Rutgers Impact Magazine that is sent to all Rutgers alumni. We will now shift into summer mode, with monthly updates on SMLR News. 

Rutgers News 

Leadership Transitions

It has been a momentous few weeks for Rutgers with the announcement that Executive Vice President Phil Furmanski would be stepping down at the end of June, followed by the news that 2011-12 will be President McCormick's last as Rutgers President.  Dick Edwards, the Dean of the School of Social Work, has agreed to serve as Interim EVP while the search for a new President and then a new EVP can be completed.  Dick, and a good friend of SMLR, served as Interim Provost at UNC Chapel Hill before coming to Rutgers.

Rutgers 245th Commencement

Rutgers largest ever Commencement was a great success.  The weather threatened, but didn't ruin the event as an estimated 27,000 graduates, family and friends filled the field and stands at Rutgers Stadium to hear Toni Morrison deliver a stirring commencement address. 

RU Football Ranked #2 Academically

Rutgers Football team has received the number 2 national ranking in Academic Progress Rate. For the fourth consecutive year, Rutgers Football team has ranked nationally in the top 3 for Academic Progress Rate, a tool the NCAA uses to grade the academic success of student-athletes. The article can be found in the May 24th edition of APP.COM.

SMLR News 


SMLR's 8th Convocation was held on Sunday, May 15th.  We had our largest ever attendence for the event, which featured the official launch of the Pamela Sue Schmidt Award and Scholarship and the James Chelius Teaching Award for the MHRM program, which was again given to Prof. Stan Gully.  Three outstanding SMLR students gave speeches: Zach Lerner, Susan Tsai, and Mary Evans.  Mary's inspiring journey from the refugee camps of Cambodia to receiving her Master's at SMLR was featured in Rutgers Today. For a copy of my commencement address and photos of the festivities go to SMLR's website.

Employment Law Project

Barbara Lee, newly elected to the prestigious American Law Institute, attended its annual meeting on May 15-17. She reports that the membership includes Supreme Court justices (both federal and state), distinguished law professors (including one of her own from Georgetown) and prominent practicing attorneys. The organization is responsible for developing the authoritative Restatements of Law in the areas of contracts, torts, and other areas of common law where there are few or no statutes to guide courts. She will participate in the development of the Restatement Third of Employment Law--a project which began in 2000.

Sustainable Capitalism Seminar

SMLR and Georgetown University's Kalmonovitz Center co-hosted a successful seminar that brought together leaders from academia, think tanks, unions, companies, and journalism to discuss new strategies for reducing income inequality, broadening employee ownership, and creating high quality jobs in the US.  Special thanks to Chris Mackin, the Ray Carey Fellow in Democratic Capitalism, who organized the program and Joe McCartin for hosting the event in Georgetown's historic Riggs Library.  

Keynote Speakers

Susan Jackson and Randall Schuler gave keynote talks at the 26th Strategic Human Resources Management Conference in Rejkavik, Iceland held by the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management.

Barbara Lee presented the keynote address at the Northeastern meeting of the University Risk Management and Insurance Association in Wellesley, MA on April 28th. Her topic was "Hot Topics in Higher Education Law: Risks and Challenges."

Diversity Climate Study

Patrick McKay met with Luke Visconti, Barbara Frankel, and Craig Jackson of Diversity Inc., to discuss partnering on a proposed diversity climate study that they have agreed to underwrite.  

Family Values Work Grant

Congratulations to Karen S. White, senior program administrator in the Center for Women and Work, who is the primary investigator of an award totaling $75,000. The project, titled Family Values at Work, is being supported by a multistate consortium called Family Values at Work.  This notice was also featured in Rutgers Faculty & Staff Bulletin. 

New Shared Capitalism Fellowships

We have received $10,000 from Robert W. Smiley via the Employee Ownership Foundation for the Smiley fellowship, $27,250 from Ray Carey for the Carey Fellowship, and $10,000 from the Rosen Ownership Opportunity Fund of the National Center for Employee Ownership for 2 fellowships.  These generous donations will help add to the 50 fellowships already awarded to top young scholars across the country. 

Global BioPharma Mini MBA

The Center for Management Development (CMD) received support from the state of New Jersey to run its 3rd installment of the Mini MBA in Global BioEntrepreneurship.  This course matched leaders bioscience companies in 7 countries around the world who are interested in setting up subsidiaries in NJ, with highly experienced professionals who are looking for new opportunities in the bioscience industry.

TNT Executive Program Graduation

2011 CMLD Mini MBA

CMD also graduated its second class from its most global program: the custom Mini MBA run for TNT, which flys in participants from around the world to take part in 4 intensive sessions, culminating with a convocation ceremony featuring the graduates in TNT's bright orange gowns.  Thanks to our sponsor, Joe Shaeffer, for his support, and Claudia Meer for her excellent work in managing this complex program.

ULA graduation

ULA Graduation

The always raucous Union Leadership Academy graduation was held on Friday, May 13th.  Good cheer, rather than bad luck, was had by all in a ceremony where ULA and SMLR faculty member Mark Magyar was honored as the Labor Educator of the Year.  Congratulations to Tracy Chang and Debbie McNeil on another successful year of the ULA program. 

NLRB Chairwoman Visits

Wilma Liebman stopped off at SMLR for lunch and discussions with faculty on her way to present to the NJ LERA chapter on the tumultuous last year in public sector labor relations.

6th Annual Woman in Science Symposium

The Center for Women and Work played a key role in supporting the Gender Parity Council's 6th annual Women in Science Symposium for female scientists and engineers across the state at Mercer County College.  

State Advisory Council

We had a strong turnout for our Spring Advisory Council meeting which featured research presentations from SMLR professors Jessica Methot on friendships in the workplace and Jeff Keefe on research on salaries between the public and private sectors.

Labor Conferences

Adrienne Eaton presented at the conference titled  “Can Unions Change: The Case of SEIU, 1996-2008”, UALE Annual Meeting, New Orleans, March 2011.  Adrienne also presented "Moving Labor-Management Partnership to the Front Line: Unit-Based Teams at Kaiser Permanente" at the International Labor Process Conference, Leeds, England, April 2011. 

Sean Rogers presented at the 38th Annual Conference of the National Center for Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education, New York City, April 2011, “Consequences of Union Representation of Graduate Student Employees.” Adrienne Eaton was on hand as a backup.

Sue Schurman, Adrienne Eaton, Tracy Chang and Charles Heckscher from the LSER department just returned from a brief trip to Stockholm, Sweden where they participated in a seminar held by SPARC – the Swedish Participation Action Research group – and a second seminar held with faculty from Uppsala University and several representatives from the Swedish labor movement.  The primary purpose of the trip was to develop an international labor education program with Runo, the education wing of the Swedish labor federation LO, and IFWEA (International Federation of Worker Education Association).   An agreement was reached to begin developing joint, non-credit courses on-line over the next year with the goal of eventually offering a credit-bearing degree program.

SMLR In The News

NJ HIA / Paid Sick Days

Karen White from the Center for Woman and Work is happy to announce that a new report on NJ HIA (New Jersey Heath Impact Assessment) can be found on CWW's website.  The title of the report is A Health Impact Assessment of Paid Sick Days Policies in New Jersey.  Articles on Karen's report on "Paid Sick Days" were featured in Rutgers Today, the Asbury Park Press, Home News Tribune, Bergen Record, and the Star Ledger.  The AP story was picked up by over 20 news outlets throughout the country.

Will They Return?

The recent report Will They Return, about the willingness of potential faculty to return to India by David Finegold and B. Venkatesh Kumar from Tata Institute, was featured in the seventh edition of Connect, a newsletter of IUSSTF (Indo-US Science & Technology Forum) in May. They also wrote an article summarizing the study findings, along with Anne-Laure Winkler and Vikas Agrod, in the May 27 issue of Economic & Political Weekly.

Big Pharma Partnerships

David Finegold is quoted in an article on "Collaboration key for Merck, others in new landscape" in the May 24th issue of NJBiz: "The increase in partnering is an industry-wide trend.  The shift has been particularly pronounced for Merck, because among all of pharma, they had one of the strong traditions of in-house development."  With the collaboration of Merck and Roche indicates the wider approach that's engaging partners large and small, and changing the way medicines and cures end up in the nation's health care system.

Dean's Highlights

Workforce Diversity 2011

I was pleased to take part in a panel at the Heldrich Center's annual Workforce Diversity Summit, which featured the chief diversity officers from J&J and the US Navy, as well as the head of the Global Diversity practice for the Conference Board.  The Heldrich Center has asked us to partner with them on next year's event.

Skills and Jobs NJ

Thanks to the hard work of a large team, we were able to submit 3 proposals on Thursday to the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development to create statewide talent networks for the healthcare, finance, and technology sectors that would seek to replicate the lessons we learned from Bio-1.  If funded, these would operate cooperatively along with our partners in 4 other sectoral talent networks, under a new public-private partnership: Skills and Jobs NJ.  Our goal is to begin the process of re-inventing the public workforce development system to better meet the needs of NJ's workers and employers.  For coverage of the initiative see the article on; N.J. sets up 'talent networks' to ramp up employment.

Veteran Students Services 

Deborah Silver, Bill Castellano and I met with Col. Steve Abel, who has joined Rutgers to head the new office devoted to better serving veterans on campus.  Rutgers already ranks 21st nationally among universities in providing education to the military and under Col. Abel's leadership, looks likely to move forward in the rankings.  We discussed a variety of ways to make our course offerings more accessible to veterans and active-service members of the Armed Forces.

Academically Adrift

NYU Professor Richard Arum, one of my oldest friends and the author of the high profile new study documenting the limited learning of core skills -- such as critical thinking and writing -- taking among a sample of 2300 students spread across US colleges and universities, was kind enough to come to Rutgers last week to discuss the implications of his research in workshops with the SMLR faculty and the University's academic leadership. 

Yonsei University

Prof. Donghoon Kim, Vice President for International Affairs at Yonsei University, one of Korea's top academic institutions visited Rutgers to explore potential partnerships with a variety of units, including the MBS program and SMLR. 

Improving Global Health Decision-Making Conference

Rutgers and J&J co-hosted an invitation-only conference sponsored by the European Academy for Business in Society (EABIS) for many of the world's leading experts on global health issues.  It was Camden's Dr. Jeff Brenner, however, who stole the show with his compelling presentation on the efforts he's leading to both improve the care and lower treatment costs for some of the poorest individuals in one of America's most impoverished cities.  Thanks to SCI Professor Mark Aakhus who played the lead role in organizing the conference for Rutgers.   

HR SVP Roundtable in Silicon Valley

I was invited to present to a roundtable of 25 HR leaders in Silicon Valley about our School and my own research on the rapidly changing skills of the workforce in China and India and its implications for US firms and workers.