The School of Labor &
The School and its faculty engage in teaching, research, and outreach on all aspects of work and the employment relationship. Our students go on to careers in human resource management, labor relations, union organizing and representation, employment law, and government. Over the last decade the School has increased its focus on international labor and human resource issues. LER now offers undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University Park campus and online through PSU's World Campus..
LER MAJORS AND MINORS: GET INVOLVED!!!
Whatever your interests, LER has a student organization for you! Getting involved with one of the School's four student organizations
is a great way to enrich your experience in the major, prepare for a career, network with other students and alums, and have some fun.
--SLER--The Society for Labor and Employment Relations is the longest-standing student group in the School. It offers students interested in LER a way to connect with peers, faculty, and professionals working in various labor and employment relations careers. Most of all, it is a way for students to meet in a relaxed atmosphere with the added benefit of career networking through activities such as guest speakers, alumni site visits, and student/faculty lunches. SLER meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7 pm. For more info contact Megan Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
--SHRM--The Society of Human Resource Management is the national professional organization for the field of human resource management. The Penn State Chapter of SHRM welcomes students of any major and focuses on professional development and career growth issues in the human resource management field. It provides students with opportunities to network with practitioners and the chance to compete in regional and national HR case competitions. For more info contact Samantha Krone at email@example.com.
--USAS--United Students Against Sweatshops is a social justice organization that is committed, through direct action, to holding Penn State, and the brands that produce our university logo apparel, responsible for ethical business practices. We advocate for workers’ rights in the global economy, particularly in regards to workers’ rights to form unions, bargain and receive proper benefits and a living wage, and to be free from sweatshop working conditions. USAS meets every Monday at 7pm in 218 Willard. For more information, contact Shelby Mastovich firstname.lastname@example.org.
--SWAPS - Student Works at Penn State brings together students interested in getting involved with the labor movement. Students work with local unions and the local and state AFL-CIO to help bring about positive change for workers in the local community. SWAPS offers great opportunities to network with union activists and officials here in Pennsylvania and has a number of internship opportunities exclusively available to our members. If you would like to get involved please e-mail Carmine Solimini at CDS5370@PSU.edu. SWAPS meets every Tuesday in 123 Keller building at 5:30.
Spring 2013 World Campus, MPS Reception
A group picture with Dr. Clark, Dr Hogan, Amy Dietz, Paul Whitehead,
& Trisha Everhart with some of our World Campus
LER, OLEAD, and MPS spring 2013 graduates.
LSER Celebrates 70th Anniversary with Gala Dinner and Professional Symposium
On April 12, 150 LSER alumni, students, faculty, staff, former faculty, and friends of the Department gathered on campus at the Nittany Lion Inn to celebrate LSER’s 70th Anniversary. Following remarks by the Department Head Paul Clark and LSER’s Alumni Program Group Co-Presidents Jackie Brova and Rex Simpson, the Annual Phillip Murray Memorial Lecture was delivered by Bob King, International President of the United Auto Workers. The Dinner also featured the debut of a short film titled “Then and Now: The School of Labor and Employment Relations, 70 Years of Service” that commemorates the Department’s past and present contributions (click here to view the film). The event continued with a professional symposium on April 13 that featured sessions on employment law, cutting edge issues in HR, the future of the labor movement, and other issues. Lunch featured a keynote talk on workplace violence by Dennis Davis, Ogletree Deakins’ National Director of Client Training. The symposium concluded with an interactive workshop conducted by alum John Gerak.
Join scholars from around the world at the forthcoming Global Conference on International Human Resource Management to be held at University Park, PA,
on May 9-10, 2013
Each Spring SHRM presents the Northeast Regional Student Conferences & Case Competition. The two-day conference is packed with keynote speakers, educational sessions, career development opportunities, networking and a Regional Case Competition, where teams of graduate and undergraduate students compete separately.
The SHRM Case Competition consists of a one day event where teams of up to six undergraduate or graduate students from various colleges and universities compete in both oral and written presentations. The case is created specifically for the SHRM Case Competition and can focus on any number of HR issues (i.e., Management Practices; Selection & Recruitment; Training & Development; Compensation & Benefits; Employee/Labor Relations; and Health, Safety & Security or a combination). This year the Penn State Graduate team took 2nd place in the graduate division.
Below is a short description of her forthcoming article:
The impact of impression management on Indian call center agents’ identities
Sumita Raghuram, Forthcoming in Human Relations
How do work practices impact the identities of its employees and their societal culture? In a study of call center agents located in India, Prof. Sumita Raghuram finds that because of the intense cognitive demands of their work, the agents reassessed their work and non-work identities. Cognitive demands come from using Western names, foreign accents, and scripts that convey a Western self to the Western customers over a telephone medium. For some agents, the boundaries between the work and non-work identities start to break down as they incorporate parts of their work identities into their non-work contexts, thereby creating hybrid identities of Indian-Americans.
Check out our video (below) on the LER major and learn more about the many career options available in human resources, law, goverment, and the labor movement to LER graduates!