About SMLR

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.

  • 848-445-9438
  • ellisc@rci.rutgers.edu
  • School of Management and Labor Relations
    Janice H. Levin Building
    94 Rockafeller Road
    Piscataway, NJ 08854

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 Research 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.

Sputnik II or A Nation at Risk Again: China’s Rapid Educational Progress and the Implications for the U.S.

December 14, 2010


12/14/10—At this busy time of year, some may have missed the startling findings of the latest international comparison of 15-year-olds’ examination results that appeared on the front page of Tuesday’s New York Times. The results released by the OECD’s PISA (Program for International Student Achievement) showed that 15-year-olds in Shanghai, which was taking part in PISA for the first time, finished first relative to their peers in 65 countries in every subject – reading, science, and math. The US was respectively 17th, 23rd and 31st (see Table below).

The Power of Zee

November 12, 2010


11/12/2010—Zee Yoong Kang, or “Zee” as he’s known to his friends and colleagues, is the dynamic young CEO of NTUC LearningHub, the training and development subsidiary of Singapore’s National Trade Union Congress. We met last week in Singapore (where I was giving a keynote speech at the 3rd Annual Adult Learning Symposium) to discuss the vital role that skill development can play in helping to build the strength of unions in today’s knowledge economy.