Meet the Dean

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Dean Adrienne Eaton

Adrienne Eaton is the Dean at the School of Management and Labor Relations and serves as a member of New Jersey Governor Murphy’s Task Force on the Future of Work. She has three current, long-term streams of research.

The first of those streams concerns union participation in management decision-making and the relationship of unions to direct forms of worker participation. Professor Eaton's work has been published in Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Labor Studies Journal, Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations and several book chapters. She is co-author of the 2009 book, Healing Together: The Labor-Management Partnership at Kaiser Permanente with Tom Kochan, Paul Adler and Robert McKersie, and co-editor of the 2017 book Informal Workers and Collective Action: A Global Perspective with Susan Schurman and Martha Chen. 

The second research stream concerns the negotiation, effectiveness and outcomes of neutrality and card check agreements. This research has been published in Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Perspectives on Work, in a book chapter, and in technical reports.

The third stream concerns the impact of unionization of particular groups of workers. This work includes papers on the unionization of managerial workers, including public sector supervisors and has been published in Labor Studies Journal and in book chapters. More recently, she has conducted research on the impact of unionization on graduate student employees.

Dean Eaton is the current President of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) and a member of the editorial boards for Labor Studies Journal and the Journal of Workplace Rights. She is past Editor-in-Chief of the Labor and Employment Relations Association, a position she held from 2002-2009. She served as a member of New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission from January 2010 to June 2011. She is also a past President of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT, the union of faculty and graduate student employees at Rutgers. The Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) named Adrienne Eaton a 2017 LERA Fellow in recognition of her research on union and worker participation in management decision-making; neutrality and card check agreements in union organizing; and other key labor issues.