The School of Labor & Employment Relations

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..


Check out our video (above) 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!


Congratulations to Our 2014 Student Marshall, Ian Dowling!

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On April 12 members of Penn State’s Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Chapter travelled to Rhode Island to compete in SHRM’s Annual Northeast Region Case Competition.  The competition involves a team of student’s analyzing human resource management case studies and presenting their analysis and recommendations to a panel of SHRM judges.  Penn State’s team prevailed over undergraduate teams from ten other universities including Cornell, Rutgers, and Villanova!  As a result they brought back a four foot long check for $2,500 (now on display in the LER Office) that will help pay their expenses to the national SHRM Conference in Orlando in June to which all the regional winners were invited. 

The members of Team Penn State worked very hard in preparation for the event, spending parts of several weekends honing their skills.  And their hard work paid off.
Congratulations to team members Christen Sheroff, Olivia Washington, Brandon Kreider, Jocelin Linares, Malory Sanchez, and Josh Loder and our alternates Julia McClarnon, Megan Flaherty, and Porche Maloney. And thanks to Tom Hogan and Greg Loviscky who coached the team to victory!2014 SHRM WIN


LER Staff Member Jessica Steele Receives College Award

Jessica Steele, staff member in LER, was presented with the College of the Liberal Arts Rising Star Award at the College’s Annual Awards reception on February 25 at the Nittany Lion Inn.  The award is presented annually to a staff member whose “performance on the job is exceptional and best exemplifies professionalism and dedication to the mission of the College and the University.” Jessica was nominated by Professor Elaine Farndale for her initiative and energy in helping to improve the School’s career services.  Her work has resulted in several job placements and internships for LER students. Jessica received an engraved Nittany Lion statue and a one-time monetary award. 


Professor Dennis Gouran to be Inducted into Central States Communication Association’s Hall of Fame

LER Professor Dennis Gouran will be inducted into Central States Communication Association’s Hall of Fame in April.  The CSCA Hall of Fame recognizes the highest level of service to the association through mentoring of fellow members, fulfilling the responsibilities of various offices at the interest group and/or association level, regular participation on conference panels as a presenter or respondent, and/or advancing the mission of the association through other means, such as committee service, journal editorship, etc. Inductees must have shown a strong pattern of dedicated and continued service to the association over time.