PSLR Certificate Program Faculty


Public Sector Labor Relations Certificate Program classes are taught by full-time and adjunct faculty of the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, experienced legal professionals and experts, and PERC personnel.  Each instructor brings an extensive background in consulting and training for labor and management relations, in both the public and private sectors.

Don Horowitz, Esq., J.D.
Temple University School of Law
Mr. Horowitz is the Deputy General Counsel to the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commissions and Counsel to the Appeal Board, and is highly experienced in representing these agencies in court.  An accomplished speaker on pulic sector labor relations, he also is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Drexel University's Goodwin College of Professional Studies.
Joyce M. Klein, Esq., J.D.
University of Wisconsin Law School
Ms. Klein is a mediator and arbitrator, and an Adjunct Professor in Labor Studies and Employment Relations at Rutgers University School or Management and Labor Relations.  She has served as Special Counsel to the Presidential Emergency Boards, and on the National Mediation Board and New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission.
James W. Mastriani, M.S. in Labor Economics
University of Massachusetts
Mr. Mastriani has more than 20 years of arbitration and mediation experience.  He has authored articles on collective bargaining and dispute resolution, and taught graduate courses in the Rutgers University School or Management and Labor Relations.  He previously was Chairman of the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission, and also served as a Commission Mediator and Hearing Officer.
Michael Merrill, Ph.D. in History and Economics
Columbia University
Michael Merrill earned his Ph.D. in history and economics at Columbia University in 1985. He has taught at Rutgers and Princeton and been a senior administrator at the National Labor College and SUNY Empire State College. He is currently completing a history of the capitalism and inequality in the U.S.
Joan Parker, Ph.D. in Industrial and Labor Relations
Cornell University
Dr. Parker has been a sought-after arbitrator and mediator in both the public and private sectors for more than 30 years.  As a tenured Professor at Rutgers University from 1976-1990, she taught graduate courses; conducted research; and published numerous scholarly books, book chapters, and articles on labor and employment, dispute settlement, and human resource management.   
Saul A. Rubinstein, Ph.D. in Management
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Professor Rubinstein is a leading scholar on the subject of how joint labor and management collaborations acheive organizational innovations.  He teaches courses on the dynamics of work and organization, labor and corporate restructuring, and employee involvement and new work organizations in the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations.
Philip E. Stern, Esq., J.D.
Mr. Stern is a founding member of Adams Stern Gutierrez & Lattiboudere. Mr. Stern has been practicing in the areas of labor and employment and education law on behalf of employers for the past eighteen years and specializes in litigation, negotiations and counseling. As a negotiator, Mr. Stern is a recent President of the North American Association of Educational Negotiators. Mr. Stern earned his B.A. in Government at Wesleyan University and M.A. in Educational Administration and Supervision from Montclair State University. After a ten-year career in education, he attended New York Law School, where he was an editor of the New York Law School Law Review.   
Joel M. Weisblatt, Esq., J.D.
Brooklyn Law School
Mr. Weisblatt is an arbitrator, mediator, and fact finder in labor relations disputes. He has 30 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. Among his career highlights, Mr. Weisblatt worked as a staff mediator with the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission and served on the Port Authority Employment Relations Panel.
Steven Weissman, Esq., J.D.
Rutgers School of Law, Newark
Mr. Weissman, of Weissman & Mintz, LLC, specializes in employment-related matters.  A published author, he has been a bencher for the Reitman Inn of Court and is an Executive Committee member of the New Jersey State Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section.  He also serves on the State Advisory Council to the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations.