WHAT: The Center for Women and Work (CWW) at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and the National Partnership for Women & Families, based in Washington, D.C., will convene a conference call to discuss the new study, Pay Matters: The Positive Economic Impacts of Paid Family Leave for Families, Businesses and the Public. WHO: The call will feature the study’s authors who are experts on paid leave: Linda Houser, affiliate fellow, CWW and assistant professor at Widener University; Thomas P. Vartanian, professor at Bryn Mawr College; Karen White,... read more

Professor Dana Britton has recently been appointed as SMLR's Director of the Center for Women and Work. As Director, Professor Britton will enhance the prominence and impact of the Center in New Jersey, nationally, and internationally.   Professor Britton, who received her doctorate in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin, joins SMLR from Kansas State University (KSU), where she has been a professor of sociology since 1995. She also served as executive director of the KSU ADVANCE-Institutional Transformation Program from 2008-2011 and is now serving as executive director of... read more

When electing to take the course, Work, Society, and Quality of Life, Rutgers’ undergraduate students join a dynamic class marked by in-depth group discussions. The culmination of the course—and perhaps most entertaining portion—comes in the form of a multi-faceted final project, involving a simulated testimony to a Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security and a fictitious guest worker bill. On December 6, students in the fall 2011 semester of Work teamed to partake in their final presentation. Highlighted by vibrant, oral arguments and lively cross examinations... read more

On December 2—3,  a group of SMLR faculty from the Labor Studies and Employment Relations department presented the preliminary results of their study, “Trade Union Responses to Representing Workers in The Informal Economy,” at an American Center for International Labor Solidarity (ACILS) conference in Cape Town, South Africa. The SMLR delegation was led by Acting SMLR Dean Sue Schurman and LSER department Department Chair Adrienne Eaton, who serve as the co-principal investigators for the ACILS-sponsored study. Professors Janice Fine, Dorothy Sue Cobble and Tracy Chang were also included... read more

  On December 16, SMLR faculty and staff gathered to recognize esteemed current and/or former colleagues--former SMLR Dean David Finegold, Professor Steven Director, and Joanne Mangels--during the school's annual holiday gathering. Professor Finegold, who recently completed a five-year term as SMLR's dean and is now Rutgers' senior vice president for Lifelong Learning and Strategic Growth Initiatives. His responsibilities include overseeing all off-site, online, international continuing, and executive education programs. Working with Vice President for International and Global Affairs... read more