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School Welcomes Six New Faculty

The School of Labor and Employment Relations is pleased to welcome six new faculty to its ranks this fall semester. This is the largest group of new faculty in the School’s history.

Kameron Carter, Michael Maffie, Katherine Maich and Dorothea Roumpi will primarily teach in our undergraduate and graduate degree programs at the University Park campus. Zachary Zobrist will primarily provide training programs for union leaders and activists through our Labor Education Program and also teach in our undergraduate program. Michael Pepe will administer and teach training programs for the human resource community in Pennsylvania and beyond and also teach regularly in our World Campus degree programs.   

“Everyone at the School is excited about this influx of talented new faculty,” said Paul Clark, director of the School of Labor and Employment Relations. “Adding faculty not only increases our faculty capacity, but also expands our faculty’s expertise and brings new energy to our program.”

Below we introduce our School’s new faculty members:

Kameron Carter is a new Assistant Professor of Human Resource Management. She received her Ph.D. in Human Resources and Organizational Behavior from the University of Iowa’s Business School in the summer of 2018.  Professor Carter does research on the different roles and relationships and interpersonal interactions within groups and teams and on the impact of work design on contextual characteristics.  Her teaching interests include performance management and rewards systems, strategic human resource management, and research methods.  She has already published her work in top journals and has several articles under review.

Michael Maffie joined our School in August as an Assistant Professor in Labor and Employment Relations.  He also holds an Affiliate Faculty appointment in the School of Information Sciences and Technology.  He received his Ph.D. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations this past summer.  His dissertation research focused  on workplace conflict between rideshare drivers and platforms (Uber, Lyft, etc.), including such issues as wage reductions, passenger arguments, or de-activations.  He also conducts research on conflict management, mandatory arbitration, worker voice and social networks in the Gig economy and has already published some of his work. 

Katherine Maich has joined our faculty as an Assistant Professor in Labor and Employment Relations.  She also holds an Affiliate Faculty appointment in Latin American Studies. Professor Maich completed her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2017. She then came to our School for the 2016-2017 academic year as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in our Center for Global Workers Rights. Her research interests include the relationships between labor and work and gender and race, labor law, feminist theory and workers’ rights in developing countries. Her teaching interests include globalization, international labor and employment law, research methods, and international and comparative labor and employment relations. She has already published two articles and several book chapters.  

Dorothea Roumpi joined the School in August as an Assistant Professor of Human Resource Management.  The University of Arkansas Business School awarded her a Ph.D. in Management this past summer. Professor Roumpi’s research interests include strategic human resource management, human capital and inclusive human resource practices. She has presented her work at numerous professional and scholarly conferences and has already published some of her research. She will be teaching an undergraduate course in international human resource management, as well as other HR-related courses for our School. Professor Roumpi is originally from Greece. 

Michael Pepe started with our School in August and will serve as a Professor of Practice in Human Resource Management. In addition to regularly teaching in our online MPS in HRER program, Michael will serve as the Co-Director of the Academy for Human Capital Development, the School’s outreach program for the human resource community. Michael previously operated his own consulting business, Meaningful Growth Associates, in Richboro, Pennsylvania. Prior to that, he served as a human resources executive for Virtua Health, Aria Health, and the Yale Health system. Michael earned a Ph.D. in Instructional Process/Learning and an M.A. in Educational Psychology from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.

Zach Zobrist joined our School in August as Labor Education Coordinator and Lecturer of Labor and Employment Relations. Zach’s primary role will be to organize and teach labor education workshops and seminars for our School’s labor education program. He will also teach occasional credit courses in residence and online on collective bargaining, unions and the labor movement. Zach comes to us from the SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, the largest healthcare union in the state, where he served as an organizer and in leadership positions, including Secretary-Treasurer, since 2008.  Zach holds a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh. He will work out of the School’s University Park office.