School’s Fully Online MPS Degree in Human Resources and Employment Relations Ranked as Best in the Nation
In 2008, LER became the first academic unit in the College of the Liberal Arts, and one of the first at the University, to offer a fully online Master’s degree through Penn State’s new World Campus (WC). The Masters in Professional Studies (MPS) in Human Resources and Employment Relations (HRER), is currently the most popular MPS degree offered online through the WC.
An alum from the Class of 1952, Joseph G. Arteritano of Lower Burrell in western Pennsylvania, sent a note in response to the School’s invitation to attend last Spring’s Alumni Reception in Pittsburgh. He expressed regret at not being able to attend, but passed on some interesting information about the School’s history. Joe’s class was the program’s first. He characterized his time in the major, and that of his 21 classmates, as “an experiment in progress.” He noted that the name of the major initially was LMR for Labor-Management Relations and that Penn State then was still “Pennsylvania State College” and not yet a university. Joe recalled that he was the first president of the program’s student organization (a group that has been continuously active, with a few name changes, for 65 straight years!).
This past Spring the School held a reception for LER alums in western Pennsylvania. The Pittsburgh event was sponsored by the LER Alumni Program Group (APG) Board and hosted by Board Member Tom Giotto at the office of his law firm, Buchanan, Ingersoll, and Rooney. Thirty-five alumni attended, along with several LER faculty who traveled from University Park.
The School is sad to report the loss of long-time faculty member Richard Z. Hindle. Dick joined the then Department of Labor Studies in 1970 and retired in 1995 as Associate Professor. Primarily working in the school’s labor education program, Dick conducted programs with unions in eastern Pennsylvania as well as statewide programs at University Park and was widely known and respected by union leaders and activists across the Commonwealth. Dick also taught in the Department’s undergraduate programs and served for many years as the program’s internship coordinator. A native of Reading, Dick held degrees from Kutztown and Temple Universities. He also served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Labor Studies students fortunate enough to know Professor Hindle will remember him for his warmth and welcoming smile.
LER has a long tradition of students excelling both in the classroom and in extracurricular activities. This past semester three LER majors students received Academic All-Big Ten accolades in recognition of their excellent academic records and their performance in intercollegiate athletics.
LER School Center to Present Practitioner/Academic Seminar on International HRM in NYC, May 18, 2017
“Emerging markets are becoming the new centers of gravity for the global economy, and competition for talent is becoming fiercer almost by the day. Access to talented workers is considered by some as the top indicator of a country’s competitiveness.” (Deloitte, 2013)
If you break the speed limit in Gainesville, Florida you may meet a recent graduate of the School’s MPS in HRER program. Officer Kim Madsen is not only a full-time police officer in Gainesville, but a December 2016 graduate of our Master of Professional Studies (MPS) program in Human Resources and Employment Relations (HRER).
LER Professor’s Class Undertakes Project to Promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Through the Performing Arts
Can the performing arts play a role in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion at Penn State, in higher education more generally, in our communities, and in the global workplace? This is the action research focus of Dr. Tom C. Hogan, professor of practice in Human Resource Management, and his LER 460 HR Ethics class.
2017 is here, students have returned from the holiday break, and the Spring semester is underway. This year New Year’s has special significance for the School of Labor and Employment Relations as 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of our program. LER was founded in 1942 as part of an effort to ensure peaceful labor-management relations in Pennsylvania during World War II. Penn State was asked to provide training for union leaders and activists working in industries important to the war effort on the basis that informed union leaders would be better able to resolve disputes with management and prevent disruption of the war effort. In fact, the first such program was conducted at the Philadelphia Naval Yard, a key production facility that built battleships for the U.S. Navy.
Well, it is mid-January here in Happy Valley and winter has finally arrived. At last, there IS snow on the Lion.
Schreyer Honors Scholar Jocelin Linares graduated in December from the integrated undergraduate/graduate program, obtaining her bachelors in Labor and Employment Relations and a masters in Human Resources and Employment Relations. As a result of her strong academic and extracurricular record, she was asked by the Honors College to speak at the Fall Medal Ceremony on December 18, 2015 For the past two summers, Jocelin has been a Human Resources Summer Analyst in New York City for Morgan Stanley. She has accepted a full time position with the company upon graduation. At Penn State, Jocelin has been a Resident Assistant for first year students, a tour guide, and Vice President of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) She enjoys giving back to her community whenever possible and loves motivating others to achieve more in their academic careers. In her remarks at the Fall Medal Ceremony, Jocelin shared her journey as a Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Scholar. “The expectations and achievements of a Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Scholar never go unnoticed,” said Jocelin. “At the end of the day when college is over, I may not remember the hardest exam I had to take or the countless hours I spent writing my thesis (okay we’re all going to definitely remember that), but it’ll be the people and the opportunities I was exposed to that will stay with me for a lifetime.”
This fall LER welcomes its second class of Labor and Global Workers’ Rights (LGWR) students
In May and June dozens of LER undergrad and grad students took off to destinations from New York City to Portland, Oregon, to Taiwan to participate in internships.
The Academy of Human Capital Development: Providing Professional Development Opportunities for HR Practitioners
Human resource (HR) practitioners seeking professional development opportunities and HR executives seeking HR consulting services can now find such services at the LER’s Academy of Human Capital Development. The Academy is the School’s HR management outreach arm and provides webinars, workshops, onsite programs, and consulting services. Led by Professor’s Tom Hogan and Antone Aboud, the Academy’s mission is to promote and advance the HR profession by utilizing the talent and expertise of the School of LER’s distinguished faculty. The Academy provides an opportunity for the School to reconnect with LER alum/practitioners.
Professor Howard Klein, Professor of Management and Human Resources, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University, will deliver a talk titled “Contemporary Workplace Commitments” on Friday, October 16 from 2-4 p.m. in Keller Building, Room 502.
LER Associate Professor Niki Dickerson vonLockette recently appeared on two national media outlets speaking about key issues facing various segments of the workforce.
Penn State hosted nearly 150 women from unions and worker centers throughout the northeastern U.S in July as part of the 40th UALE Northeast Summer School for Union Women.
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten delivers 24th Annual Philip Murray Lecture
A team of LER/HRER students are getting ready for the 2015 Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Northeast Regional Student Conference and Case Competition, March 20 and 21 in Baltimore. The Penn State team is the defending Northeast Regional Champions and will defend their title against 27 teams from other universities. Penn State’s victory last year was no accident, as the team spent countless hours preparing for the competition, including a number of practice sessions where LER faculty played the roles of judges and provided feedback to the team members.
Entering its third year of operation, the Center for International Human Resource Studies (CIHRS) continues to develop a strong community of academics and practitioners passionate about international human resource management (IHRM). The Center, under the direction of Professor Elaine Farndale, is now preparing for its second Global IHRM Conference, May 14-15 at University Park. At the first conference in 2013, more than eighty scholars and graduate students from twenty-three countries gathered to discuss IHRM topics. A similar gathering is expected again this year, largely attracted by renowned keynote speakers: Professor Xiaoping Chen (Foster School of Business, University of Washington) and Professor Michael Morley (Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Ireland).
Tom Hogan, LER Professor of Practice, recently appeared on an episode of “Higher Education in Focus” with Penn State President Eric Barron to discuss civility and ethics in the classroom, the workplace, and society. During the half-hour program, hosted by WPSU’s Patty Satalia, Hogan discussed the recent call for civility from University leadership and the reactions of the Penn State community to the request.
Three LER majors were among the 72 Penn State student-athletes named to Academic All-Big Ten teams this fall.
Adam Taliaferro, the School’s 2014 Outstanding Alumni Lecturer and former Penn State football player, was chosen by New Jersey Democratic Party leaders to represent the state’s Third District in the State Assembly. Taliaferro was sworn in by State Senate President Steve Sweeney in January and quickly became the leading candidate for election to the position.
A recently released report by Mark Anner, Associate Professor of Labor and Employment Relations and Director of the Center for Global Workers’ Rights, sheds new light on violations of basic rights of thousands of garment industry workers in El Salvador by some of the United States largest clothing companies. "The nature of the violations of workers' rights and the number of violations are extreme," said Anner. "The violence that is directed at workers is bad and getting worse."
On February 11, LER welcomed Ai-Jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Alliance (NDWA) and Co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign, to campus for a presentation titled “The Future of Care: What We Need for a Changing America”. The talk was part of a tour to promote her book, “Aging with Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America.” Poo’s inspirational talk was hosted by the LER’s Center for Global Workers’ Rights, and co-sponsored by the Department of Women’s Studies, the Department of Asian Studies., the Center for Global Studies, and the Central Pennsylvania Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO.
At the 2015 College of the Liberal Arts Staff Appreciation Ceremony, held at the Nittany Lion Inn on February 24, Trish Everhart, Administrative Coordinator for LER, was recognized with two awards.
Supporting the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, two LER-sponsored student groups, the Society for Labor and Employment Relations (SLER) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), volunteers partnered with LER alums and faculty to raise a record $6,655 for the Four Diamonds Fund. The 2015 total was more than three times the amount raised in 2014.
On Sunday, June 22, twenty five of our on line instructors got together at the Atherton Hotel in town to discuss on line teaching techniques. Instructors from both our undergraduate and graduate programs attended, with many traveling long distances (California, Florida and even Denmark!) to attend. This was the first of what we hope will be an annual faculty workshop where our faculty can learn some new teaching techniques, exchange best practices and just have the opportunity to "talk shop" with other members of our geographically diverse teaching staff.
Once more the School of Labor and Employment Relations offered summer hybrid classes for HRER students pursuing the Masters in Professional Studies degree. Fifty students attended one of the following three offerings.
Ian is the son of Jerome and Deborah Dowling of Titusville, Pennsylvania. An active student in the School of Labor and Employment Relations integrated undergraduate/graduate program, Ian will graduate with three degrees: a M.S. in Human Resources and Employment Relations and undergraduate degrees in Labor Studies and Employment Relations and History. During summers he completed HR internships at Air Liquide in Houston, TX and Alcoa in Lancaster, PA.
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!
Paul Clark, professor and director of the School of Labor and Employment Relations, has been awarded the 2014 President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration. The award is given to a full-time faculty member who has exhibited extraordinary achievement in the integration of teaching, research or creative accomplishment and service.
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.