SMLR Update November 17, 2010


Pairs of free basketball tickets are available for the women’s game on 11/18 vs. Princeton, and for three more men’s and women’s games during the Thanksgiving week.  Please contact Linda Post if you are interested. 

Good jobs, good apparel – SMLR was proud to host a panel discussion last Monday at the Labor Education Center featuring Joe Bozick, CEO of Knights Apparel, Scott Nova, Executive Director of the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), and Rachel Weeks CEO of School House Apparel.  Alta Gracia, a subsidiary of Knights Apparel,  and School House are initiatives in which workers in the Dominican Republic Sri Lanka are paid a living wage and working conditions that are humane and in compliance with university codes of conduct. The WRC publicly monitors and verifies working conditions at the factory.  Many thanks to SMLR alum Marybeth Schmutz, who took the lead in organizing and publicizing the event, and to Kevin Kolben, who had invited them to present to his class in Newark earlier that day.  See Daily Targum article for more details on the event:

Sloan-Consortium Conference – Mary Murphree and Heather McKay received a Best in Track award spoke for their presentation on “Delivery Mechanisms for Online Learning in the Workforce Development System” at the 16th Annual Sloan-Consortium Conference on Wednesday November 3rd

Human Resource Management Major Moves Ahead The BA in Human Resource Management proposal is moving forward on schedule.  Bill Castellano completed an extensive cost-benefit analysis for the proposal, which received a glowing recommendation from the outside consultant, Murray Barrick, Department Head of Management at Mays Business School at Texas A&M.  The degree proposal is now with SAS for faculty review. The plan is to complete the Board of Governors and NJ President's Council review process in Spring 2011 and begin offering the HRM major during the Fall 2011 semester.

Disability Article Released – Doug Kruse, Lisa Schur, and Mohammad Aliauthored an article on “Disability and Occupational Projections” in the October issue of the Monthly Labor Review, published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Using disability data combined with BLS occupational projections to 2018, they find that people with disabilities tend to be underrepresented in the fastest-growing occupations, lowering their projected overall employment growth, but analysis of occupational ability requirements shows significant potential for increased employment growth of people with disabilities.

Invited Presenter for the DOL -On October 19thDoug Kruse was one of four researchers invited to give presentations at a webinar sponsored by the DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy to stimulate discussion among disability researchers on what topics and questions should go into a special disability supplement for the Current Population Survey in May 2012.  The survey has a sample of 60,000 U.S. households, and the supplement will be designed to broadly assess barriers and facilitators to employment among people with disabilities.  John Burton was one of the disability researchers who joined the discussion. 

Labor Studies Job Talks – The first two candidates visited for the joint LSER-CWW assistant professor position.  Debra Ackerman, who is currently at Rutgers Graduate School of Education, presented on her work on the pre-school workforce, and Mary Gatta shared insights from her ethnographic research on the public workforce development system.

Research Seminar – Jose Labianca, the Gatton Endowed Associate Professor of Management at the University of Kentucky, visited SMLR on Thursday and gave a stimulating talk on the importance of interpersonal networks in organizations ranging from a church to a pharmaceutical company.

NCRC Advisory Committee – The Fall meeting for the Non-traditional Career Resource Center discussed plans for the upcoming year’s activities, including a new peer-mentoring program and the summer school, as well as preparing to bid next year when the NCRC is due to be reauthorized.

New Publication on Global Employment Brands – Paula Caligiuri, Saba Colakoglu, Cerdin, J-L., & Kim, M.S. (2010), “Examining Cross-Cultural and Individual Differences in Predicting Employer Reputation as a Driver of Employer Attraction,” International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management, 10: 137-151. 

Racial and Ethnic Differences - Niki Dickerson vonLockette's article with Kris Marsh (UMD), "Racial and Ethnic Differences in Women’s Marriage, Household Composition and Class Status", has been accepted for publication in the journal Race, Gender, and Class. This paper offers a trend analysis to examine racial/ethnic variations in the gender literature’s presumption of marriage as a route to the middle class for women in general. We find important racial/ethnic differences, chiefly that black female single and childless middle-class households comprise a higher percentage of the black middle-class than does the same for other racial/ethnic groups; using synthetic cohort analysis we find that they are maintaining this status over time. These findings raise important questions about the role of marriage as a salient economic context for and predictor of all women’s class status.

Prof. Dickerson vonLockette also is the principal investigator of a RUFair Advance mini-grant titled, The Gaining Ground Initiative held it's kickoff event and will hold it's first workshop in November.

John Burton appeared at a hearing today, November 17th in Washington, DC to present his statment on Workers’ Compensation: Recent Developments and The Relationship with Social Security Disability Insurance to the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, The Committee on Education and Labor, U.S. House of Representative.


SMLR in the News

Center for Women and Work – A new report on college affordability has been posted to PubHub by Karen White, Mary Gatta, and Heather McKay.  It examines: barriers faced by low-income, working-adult students in gaining access to Education Opportunity Fund and Tuition Aid Grants; challenges such as childcare needs; lack of data for tracking the state's progress in making college affordable.  For a copy of the report click below.  Paying for College: Availability of Need-Based Financial Aid for New Jersey's Working Adults

Jeff Keefe’s study, along with Sylvia A. Allegretto, a UC Berkeley economist and deputy chair of the Center on Wages and Employment Dynamics, The Truth about Public Employees in California: They Are Neither Overpaid Nor Overcompensated, is cited in Franklin, MA School Committee blog.

Rutgers, National and International News

Peace Corps and Rutgers – Fifty years ago, Rutgers played host to the first set of Peace Corps volunteers, who had heeded President Kennedy’s call to service.  This month, 37 of the 62 volunteers who made up Columbia 1 returned to “the place where it all started” to celebrate this special anniversary.  Rutgers has continued to play a special part in the history of the Peace Corps, supplying over 600 of the more than 200,000 Peace Corps volunteers who have served in 108 countries around the world, and starting the first Master’s degree, an MPA at Camden with a specialization on international development, designed specifically for the Peace Corps.  The members of Columbia 1 had fond memories of their time at Rutgers, except for the absence of air-conditioning during their hot 3 months of training.

Carrie Hessler-Radelet, the Deputy Director of the Peace Corps, gave a wonderful historical overview of what has been described as one of.“America’s finest institutions.”  She shared some of the innovations that Peace Corps volunteers have developed, including a fog harvester, used to capture drinking water in the dry climate of Cape Verde, and a school in Guatemala constructed entirely from recycled coke bottles.  The volunteers, from fresh-faced new graduates to an 86 year-old woman, share a core commitment to “be present for those in need.”  Along the way, they are building valuable skills, and she cited the research of SMLR Professor Paula Caligiuri, whose research has shown that having an international volunteer experience is one of the best forms of preparation for leadership roles in global corporations.

New Leader for IWL – Prof. Alison R. Bernsteinhas been chosen as the new Director of the Institute for Women's Leadership (IWL), effective July 1, 2011. She will also serve as Professor of History in the School of Arts and Sciences.  Dr. Bernstein is currently the William H. and Camille Cosby Endowed Chair and Professor of Humanities and Women's Studies at Spelman College, after serving for over a decade as a Vice President at the Ford Foundation.  Congratulations to Barbara Lee, who chaired the successful search which brought this exciting new leader to Rutgers.

Europe Delegation - Susanna Treesh, The Center for European Studies, is happy to report that the Delegation of the EU announced the awards for Getting to Know Europe and they were successful. They received the notice that they had been preliminarily approved for the award.

PhD News

Sean Rogers is scheduled to defend his thesis, "YOU’VE GOT TO PLAY TO WIN: CONVERSATIONS ON RACE AND WORK WITH 12 BLACK MALE PROFESSIONALS," during the Pro-Seminar on Tuesday, December 7th at 1l:00AM in Levin Room 106.  Sean's thesis committee consists of Patrick McKay, Niki Dickerson, and Dorothy Sue Cobble. Faculty and students are invited to attend.

Highlights of the Dean’s Activities

Digital Taylorism – Attended a very stimulating talk by Aneesh Aneesh, a Rutgers PhD who is now a professor at Penn State, who shared findings from his new book, Virtual Migration, concerning the global movement of computer work.

Marshall Practice Interview – Enjoyed meeting Ed Lochocki, a finalist for the Marshall Scholarship, who has had an outstanding undergraduate career at Rutgers, combining a passion for condensed matter physics, which has application for the design of new solar cells, with the study of philosophy.

Rutgers Entrepreneurship Day – The 2nd Annual Entrepreneurship Day was a big success, featuring presentations and posters from faculty and student entrepreneurs to a wide range of investors.

Diversity Inc. – I was delighted to be asked to give a keynote speech on “The Skills of the 21st Century Workforce” at the Diversity Inc. national conference in Washington, DC last week. The event featured award presentations to corporations that have been leaders in building inclusive organizations, and moving talks by Chelsy Wright, one of the first major female country music singer to come out, and Kevin Jennings, the Assistant Secretary at the US Department of Education responsible for safe and supportive schools. He described his personal journey as a gay activist who founded GLISTEN, the influential support organization for gay and lesbian students. He is organizing a White House summit in January on the issue of school bullying, sparked in part by the national debate triggered by Tyler Clementi’s suicide. Diversity Inc. founder, Luke Visconti, has generously agreed to support SMLR research led by Patrick McKay and to give exposure to our research in his magazine.

Master of Business and Science – Deborah Silver and I had a very productive discussion with the leaders of the Douglass Project about ways of partnering to attract the young women studying in its science enrichment program into the MBS degree. I also enjoyed guest-lecturing in the original MBS course on Drug Discovery and Development which I had helped to design a few years ago, and interacting with our first cohort of students.

Video Interviews – We taped another round of interviews with faculty – this time Jeff Keefe, Tracy Chang, and Barbara Lee – sharing insights from their latest research for the digital talk show “Workplace.

Possible Nursing School Partnership – Edna Cadmus, who is directing the Nursing School’s new professional doctorate degree, visited with Peggy Grant and me to explore the possibility ofhaving SMLR deliver its course on Managing Human Capital.