January 2018 Faculty Notes

Faculty Notes


Bora Kwon joined our School as a Post-Doctoral Scholar for our Center for International Human Resource Studies in August.  She earned her Ph.D. from Penn State’s Workforce Education Program.

Kate Maich came to LER in August as a Post-Doctoral Scholar for our Center for Global Workers Rights.  Kate holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Hee Man Park joined the LER faculty in August as an Assistant Professor of Human Resource Management.  Professor Park received his Ph.D. from the College of Business at Ohio State University.  He also holds a Masters of Industrial and Labor Relations from the Cornell ILR School.  His research interest include the role that the social environment (especially leader behavior, interpersonal relationships, and social networks) plays in explaining the performance and well-being of organizational members.  He is currently teaching compensation as well as the capstone course for the MS in HRER Program.

Kim Trahan also joined our faculty in August as an Assistant Teaching Professor of Organizational Leadership.  Professor Trahan holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Systems from Saybrook University. She teaches courses in Organizational Leadership for our School’s World Campus Program.

Paul Humphries assumed the role of Administrative Support Coordinator in May.  He is responsible for the overall administration of the School’s office and finances, duties previously performed by Trisha Everhart.  Paul comes to LER from the Department of Mechanical Engineering.  Paul is retired from the U.S. Coast Guard where he served for many years as a helicopter pilot.


Alan Derickson retired as Professor of Labor and Employment Relations and History in May after 29 years of service.  LER students may remember Professor Derickson as their instructor in LER 458—The History of Work in America.


Sarah Damaske was promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor of Labor and Employment Relations and Sociology and granted tenure last spring.  More on Professor Damaske in the article below.

Trisha Everhart was promoted from office administrator to Assistant Director of Online Programs within our School in May.  She served in her previous position for five years.  In her new role she will help direct our World Campus programs while also serving as an academic advisor for our MPS in HRER students.  More on Trisha in the article below.

--Notable Achievements

Valerie Braman, Lecturer in LER, was selected to participate in the 2017-2018 Glass Leadership Institute sponsored by the Philadelphia Chapter of the Anti-Defamation League. The Glass Leadership Institute is a nationally recognized leadership development program designed to give a select group of young professionals an up-close and personal view into the Anti-Defamation League, one of the nation's premier civil rights and human relations organization

Mark Gough, Assistant Professor of LER, had his research cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in two recent amicus briefs. The most research occurrence cited his article with Alexander J.S. Colvin, “Individual Employment Rights Arbitration in the United States: Actors and Outcomes” (68 ILR Rev. 1010, 2015).

Steve Greenblatt, a member of the School’s World Campus Graduate Faculty, published an article in the Employee Relations Journal titled “Why I feel Like a Fish Out of Water, or, Monachopsis – Part 1” (Vol. 43, No. 3 Winter 2017). As the title suggests, stay tuned for another installment!

Rex Simpson ‘70--The LER Alumni Board (APG) named Rex Simpson the Outstanding Alumni Award for 2017. On October 19 he presented his Outstanding Alumni Lecture titled, “Patient and Persistence Fueled with Perspiration – an Unbeatable Formula.”  In 2013, after a long and distinguished career as a practitioner, Rex joined the School’s faculty as a Professor of Practice.  Since then he has served as an instructor and administrator in our online programs.

Niki Dickerson VonLockette--On September 26-27, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors held a conference exploring, “Disparities in the Labor Market: What Are We Missing?”  Nikki was one of only 15 invited speakers.