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 (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!
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.
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 organizationsis 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 isthe 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.