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School of Labor & Employment Relations mourns the loss of Stan Gully

School of Labor & Employment Relations mourns the loss of Stan Gully

Stan Gully, Professor of Human Resource Management in our School, passed away unexpectedly on October 9th, 2017. Professor Gully made a significant contribution in the three years he was a member of our faculty. He was an exceptional teacher, mentor, and colleague. He was also a well-respected scholar in the fields of human resource management and organizational behavior, having been named a fellow of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology in 2014, as well as having been ranked by the Academy of Management in 2012 in the top 50 of the most influential scholars who received their degrees since 1991. His publication record includes a range of articles in top journals including Personnel Psychology, Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. Professor Gully also co-authored several books with Professor Jean Phillips, including Strategic Staffing, Human Resource Management, and Organization Behavior: Tools for Success. He earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1997 and previously was on the faculty of the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers.

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Trisha Everhart in New Role

Trisha Everhart in New Role

This past summer Trisha Everhart assumed the role of Assistant Director of Online Programs for the School of Labor and Employment Relations. For several years Trisha has worked as our School’s Administrative Support Coordinator. In addition to those duties, she has been a member of our Online Team since joining LER and has also had administrative responsibility for the curricular consultation process, a critical role supporting faculty efforts to create and revise our courses and curricula.

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Study Tours: A New Way for LER Students to Study Abroad

Study Tours: A New Way for LER Students to Study Abroad

In today’s globalized economy, the ability to understand, and function in, different cultural settings is more of an asset than it has ever been. For that reason, in our most recent strategic plan our School made increasing the number of LER majors studying abroad a priority. Towards that end, we have been actively promoting semester-long and year-long study abroad opportunities to our students. This has resulted in a growing number of our students to universities in Spain, Ireland, France, South Africa, and Australia, among other locations. However, some of our students are not able to commit this much time to an international experience. For that reason, our faculty have added another study abroad option for our students. Study tours provide a shorter, more intense, international experience than traditional study abroad programs. In recent years our faculty have organized such tours to China, Sweden, and Ireland.

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Faculty Spotlight: Professor Sarah Damaske, University Park

Faculty Spotlight: Professor Sarah Damaske, University Park

As a School, we are fortunate to have an accomplished faculty of varied research and teaching interests, as well as extraordinary academic accomplishments. Professor Sarah Damaske is that, and more. Professor Damaske began her life in higher education as an undergraduate at Hamilton College where she received her B.A. in comparative literature, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She subsequently received her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from New York University, and spent two years at Rice University as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology. She joined the faculty at LER in 2011 as an Assistant Professor of Labor and Employment Relations and Sociology. After establishing an exceptional record of research and teaching she was promoted last spring to Associate Professor with tenure.

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Student Spotlight: World Campus Graduate Student, Carrie-Ann Barrow

Student Spotlight: World Campus Graduate Student, Carrie-Ann Barrow

In June of 2006 the Washingtonian published an article: “The list of Powerful Women to Watch”. It began: To be successful, a lot has to fall into place: brains, drive, personality, and a little luck. These ten women have all those things and more—and they haven’t reached 40 yet… The second person on the list is Carrie-Ann Barrow, now a student in our MPS program in HRER.

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75th Anniversary Gala Dinner and Celebration!

As indicated in my note above, the School of LER will mark the completion of 75 years of service with a Gala Dinner and Celebration! The event will be held Friday, April 13 at the Nittany Lion Inn. The evening will begin with a reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. and a program to begin at 8:00. The theme of the dinner and program will be the Future of Work and the Workplace. The program will draw on the expertise of our School’s faculty and will include short presentations on the future of the workforce, the human resource profession, the labor movement, and labor and employment law. The presentations will be followed by a forum during which alums can ask questions of the faculty presenters or offer their own views about what the years ahead hold for labor and employment relations and human resource practitioners.

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Director's Update - January 2018

This past year marked the 75th anniversary of our program. Completing three quarters of a century of service to the Penn State community is a significant achievement and we intend to celebrate this milestone with a Gala Dinner and Celebration in the spring! The big event will be held Friday, April 13 on campus and all alums are invited. Beaver Stadium and Bryce Jordan were booked , so we had to settle for the Ballroom at the Nittany Lion Inn. It only holds 150, so seating will be limited. Registration information will be sent by email in the next few days. If you want to be sure of a seat, please register as soon as you receive the information (more detail in the story below). 2017 was notable, not only because it was our 75th anniversary, but because it was one of the most productive, and most challenging, years in our program’s history. Among the many good things that happened was the continued enrollment growth of our residential and online undergraduate and graduate programs. In addition, a record number of our students chose to have some kind of international experience (study abroad, study tour, or international internship) in the past year, something our School has made a priority. Our students are also having great success in the job market and more and more companies are coming to our office to recruit our undergraduate and graduate students.

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Embedded course Human Resource Management in Sweden – Maymester 2017

Embedded course Human Resource Management in Sweden – Maymester 2017

In May, a group of LER students traveled to Sweden to learn about HR policies and practices. The feedback we received from students was very positive:

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Alumni Spotlight: Jim Sullivan Appointed to U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

Jim Sullivan, an LER alum (’77) and former member of the School’s Alumni (APG) Board, was appointed by President Trump to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) in May 16, 2017. He is currently awaiting U.S. Senate confirmation and hopes to be sworn in to his new position in the near future. OSHRC is an independent agency that adjudicates contested citations between employers and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration through administrative trials and appellate review. Jim, a graduate of Georgetown Law School and a current member of Cozen O’Connor’s Law Firm's Labor & Employment Section, will be one of three Commissioners.

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