About SMLR

The Modern Indentured Servants

June 22, 2011


06/22/2011—The US government currently provides visas for about one million high-skilled foreign workers to work temporarily in the US. These visas, a distinctive sub-category of the wide debate on US immigration policy, raise complex and difficult questions, and from all sides of the debate come strong arguments and answers.

Healthcare Reform That’s Proven To Work

June 13, 2011


06/13/2011—In the contentious Washington debates over healthcare reform, there has been far too little attention paid to what the country desperately needs: evidence-based reforms that can improve healthcare access and outcomes at an affordable cost.

A major new research project proves that such a win-win-win solution is possible. And the study design could have come straight from our own HR field, since it is based on the introduction of a pay-for-performance (P4P) scheme for healthcare professionals that aligns their interests with those of patients.

Talent A Terrible Thing to Waste

May 17, 2011


05/17/2011—Last Monday, Rutgers’ Heldrich Center for Workforce Development hosted a Workforce Diversity 2011 Summit. I chaired a panel of leading experts on building inclusive organizations: Anthony Carter, Chief Diversity Officer for J&J, Toni Riccardi, who runs the Global Diversity network for the Conference Board, and Monica Emerson, the Navy’s first Chief Diversity Officer.

The Trains Don’t Run on Time: The Hidden Costs of Failing to Invest in Infrastructure

April 21, 2011


04/21/2011—It was 9.30 pm and I had been standing on the platform at Dupont Circle for 25 minutes with my blood pressure rising. I was beginning to give up hope that the subway train, which the electronic message board had been promising for the last 15 minutes, would arrive in time for me to catch the last Amtrak train back to New Jersey. I made it with a couple of minutes to spare. As I headed back North, I reflected on what the decaying transportation infrastructure said about the dysfunctions of the government responsible for it.

Mixed Messages on Employment

April 19, 2011


04/19/2011–The Sunday New York Times “Education Life”, supplement had an interesting article, Top 10 List: Where the Jobs Are detailing the 10 US careers projected to grow the fastest between now and 2018. 

Corporate Programs Director


Connie A. Ellis is director of corporate programs at Rutgers' Institute for Women’s Leadership (IWL)/Center for Women and Work (CWW). As director of the Executive Leadership Program and one of the largest mentoring programs in the history of the Institute, she serves as communication liaison to internal and external organizations and recruits undergraduate students into leadership programs.

  • 732-932-1463 x691
  • ellisc@rci.rutgers.edu
  • Center for Women and Work
    Labor Education Center
    50 Labor Center Way
    New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8553

Misperceptions that Matter

April 4, 2011


04/03/2011—Individuals often have misperceptions. For example, when I persuaded my family to move from Southern California to New Jersey five years ago so I could accept the deanship at SMLR, I knew we’d have less sunshine, but assumed it wouldn’t still be snowing in April.

Assistant Professor / Executive Director, Education and Workforce Development Research


Dr. Terri Boyer is assistant professor at the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, and Executive Director of the Center for Women and Work, an innovative leader in research and programs that promote gender equity, a high-skill economy, and reconciliation of work and well-being for all.

  • Expertise

    - Gender equity in education and career development, including classroom interactions, Title IX, women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), nontraditional careers, sexual harassment, and gendered violence.

Income Inequality, Employment, and Injustice

February 7, 2011


02/07/2011—As the world’s attention is focused on the popular uprisings in the Middle East, many are speculating on the underlying sources of this civil unrest. Most agree that major contributing factors to destabilizing these authoritarian governments are the combination of high levels of rising prices, youth unemployment and income inequality.