Paul F. Clark, Ph.D.
Dr. Paul F. Clark is the director of and professor in the Penn State School of Labor and Employment Relations. He also holds an appointment as professor in the Department of Health Policy and Administration. His research interests include employment relations in the U.S. health care industry; the globalization of the labor market for health care professionals; union structure, government and administration; and union member commitment and participation. He has worked with numerous local and national unions on research projects and regularly serves as a speaker/workshop instructor for labor education programs.
He is the author of four books, including Building More Effective Unions, published by Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) Press in 2001. His research has also appeared in the leading scholarly journals in industrial and labor relations and applied psychology. Dr. Clark serves as the director of the M.S. and MPS in Human Resources and Employment Relations programs at Penn State and regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on industrial relations, labor law, and labor and globalization. He holds a master's degree from the Cornell ILR School and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.
Doug Allen is currently a lecturer in labor and employment relations. During his career, he served as the executive director of the Screen Actors Guild, AFL-CIO, and as the assistant executive director of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) for nearly 20 years. In that capacity, Allen was executive director Gene Upshaw's deputy. He took the lead in developing the highly successful "Players Inc." collective licensing program. Prior to his position with the NFLPA, Doug worked for the AFL-CIO's Committee on Political Education.
An alumni of Penn State, Allen played for the Nittany Lion football team and was recognized as an Academic All-American. He continued his football career in the NFL as a member of the Buffalo Bills in New York state. He now works as a consultant to labor organizations and has served as an in-residence professor of practice in the labor and employment relations school since fall 2011.
George Apaliski is an instructor of labor and employment relations for Penn State World Campus. He began his career as a teacher in the public school system in Pennsylvania for five years, spent thirty years working for the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), and five years working for the National Education Association (NEA).
Apaliski has extensive experience in contract negotiations (from both the union and management perspectives), mediation, fact-finding, grievance processing, arbitration, employee relations, management in a union environment, and fiduciary responsibilities. He has developed and delivered numerous training programs at the local, state, and national levels. He currently serves as a volunteer with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI Penn State) and as a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Education Association's Retirement Fund.
He received his B.S. degree from Mansfield University.
Carol Cameron has been a corporate leadership and organization development consultant for more than 20 years, working with a range of organizations, from Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurial start-ups in industries that include health care, financial services, high-tech, and more. She transitioned into the academic arena in 2012, joining Harvard University as an internal consultant and executive coach to its Deans and Department Heads, and to lead curriculum design and facilitation efforts for executive education in Harvard's Center for Workplace Development.
Her true passion lies in working with teams that face any number of challenges which thwart their effectiveness. She gains tremendous satisfaction from working with managers and team members to strengthen their capabilities, boost their engagement, and ultimately amplify their performance at work. Through coaching, special interventions, and training she believes she can make a powerful, positive impact, on individuals and teams alike, toward productive change and a sense of fulfillment at the workplace.
Dr. Cameron earned her Ph.D. in organization and management, with an emphasis in leadership, from Capella University, and her MBA in 2001 from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, with an emphasis in organizational behavior. She has taught and lectured at a number of universities throughout the Intermountain West and online, and co-authored a dynamic leadership book called "Play to Your Strengths: Stacking the Deck to Achieve Spectacular Results for Yourself and Others,” which was published in 2009 by Career Press.
Kevin Carroll is currently the sole proprietor of Carroll & Associates International consulting. His area of expertise is strategic human resources which is focused on creating a culture of success for an organization by aligning all the human resources processes with the organization's vision, values, and objectives.
An alumnus of Penn State, Kevin has had a 40-year career in human resources including time at several Fortune 500 companies and 35 years in various leadership roles. In addition, for 25 of the 40 years, he was employed by foreign multi-national companies.
Kathleen Conlan has worked in the labor movement all her adult life. She started in the research department of Service Employees International Union (SEIU). She retired as the education director for the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) in 2012. In that role, she was responsible for developmental classes for the union's leadership. She also served a short stint in the AFL-CIO legislative department.
Kathleen taught online and face-to-face classes at the National Labor College from 2000 until it closed its doors in 2014. In addition to teaching for Penn State, Kathleen continues face-to-face union skills classes for North America's Building Trades Unions, a trade department of the AFL-CIO.
Currently a member of two unions — LIUNA and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Kathleen also serves on the executive board of the United Association for Labor Education (UALE).
Kathleen earned an undergraduate degree in economics from Georgetown University and a master's degree in labor studies from University of the District of Columbia. She is also a Certified Employee Benefit Specialist.
Donald Cramer is a native of Hershey, Pennsylvania. He has spent 20 years of his professional life in the nonprofit sector, 14 years of which were in administrative or executive management.
He earned bachelor’s degrees in labor and industrial relations from Penn State and in philosophy from Saint Vincent College, and theology degrees in divinity and systematic theology from Saint Vincent Seminary. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, studying administration and leadership for the nonprofit and public sectors. His dissertation topic focuses on the concept of authentic leadership.
Renata Dash is an attorney who specializes in labor and employment law. She graduated with honors from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, earning her undergraduate degree in political science with a law and society minor, and her Juris Doctor from the university's College of Law. Dash first practiced labor and employment law for the private sector at a nationally recognized law firm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, later moving to a position as the associate general counsel in-house at an international labor organization.
Dash holds licenses in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Tennessee, and also before the U.S. Court of Appeals in the Sixth and Seventh Circuits. She has experience providing counsel and advice regarding labor and employment issues to international labor organizations, their local affiliates, and union members. She has practiced before state and federal courts, state and federal administrative agencies (including the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Department of Labor), and before arbitrators and mediators. Dash also has provided training and education about labor and employment issues to various professional and nonprofessional groups throughout her career.
Amy Dietz is a lecturer in the School of Labor and Employment Relations. In addition to teaching, she is the program administrator and adviser for the school's Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Human Resources and Employment Relations (HRER) online graduate program, the school's undergraduate internship coordinator, and the faculty adviser to the Society of Labor and Employment Relations (SLER), a graduate and undergraduate student organization. A graduate of the Schreyer Honors College and the LER school, Dietz has a bachelor of science in labor studies and employment relations and a master of science in industrial relations and human resources.
Michael L. Eggert is a lecturer in the School of Labor and Employment Relations. Eggert is a LSER alumni and earned an additional bachelor of arts in sociology from Penn State as well as his Juris Doctor degree with honors from the Duquesne University School of Law. He is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the HR Certification Institute, with thirty years of professional experience in the fields of labor relations, employment law, and human resources management.
Eggert began his career as a field examiner for the Pittsburgh Regional Office of the National Labor Relations Board. Subsequently, he engaged in the practice of employment and labor law as a private attorney for nearly eleven years, during which time he represented a variety of clients including employers, individual employees, and several union locals. Between 1998 and 2009, Eggert held positions as the director of human resources for the cities of Altoona, Pennsylvania and Port Orange, Florida, and for The Arc of Centre County, Inc., in Pennsylvania. His experience in both cities included serving as chief negotiator for management in collective bargaining negotiations with local unions representing police officers, firefighters, and blue and white collar employees. Currently, Eggert is working as a human resources specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau at its headquarters in Suitland, Maryland, where his work includes management of the Bureau's performance management program.
Kathleen M. Evans
Kathleen M. Evans earned her bachelor of science in English from Bloomsburg University and her master's degree in library science from Kutztown University. Evans is a fifteen-year-veteran of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), where as a field representative she gained experience in negotiating contracts, grievance processing and arbitration, training members in advocacy, expert witness testimony in fact findings, and dealing with various employment issues for teachers and school support personnel. She has also been a classroom teacher, librarian, and local union president.
Elaine Farndale is an associate professor in human resource management at Penn State and an affiliate of the Department of Human Resource Studies at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Farndale earned her doctorate in human resource management from Cranfield University School of Management in the United Kingdom. Her areas of specialization and research include international and comparative HRM; the power, professionalism, and roles of the HR department; HRM and firm performance; change management and HRM; eHRM and new HR delivery mechanisms; and HRM and employee engagement. She has presented numerous papers at international conferences and has published articles and chapters in both the practitioner and academic press, including the Journal of World Business, Human Resource Management Journal, and International Journal of Human Resource Management. Dr. Farndale has also worked as an HR specialist for several years.
Tara Habasevich-Brooks is a lecturer in the School of Labor and Employment Relations. She received a bachelor of science in labor studies, master of science in industrial relations and human resources, and a doctorate in sociology from Penn State. Her current research interests include work and family, and women's employment and child care. Previously Habasevich-Brooks worked for several years as an HR manager. In addition to teaching she currently works as a research consultant for various clients and as a financial case worker.
Thomas Hall is an adjunct instructor for Penn State and has taught courses in employment compensation for more than 10 years. He has provided human resources and management engineering consulting services to the University and state government for more than 35 years. He has also worked as a human resources manager, lead classification analyst, and employment recruiter.
In addition, Hall has worked as a management consultant, conducting activity-based costing studies, staffing analyses, productivity assessments, survey administration, and a wide-range of human resources consulting services to academic and administrative departments. He has consulted with more than 30 non- and for-profit organizations and businesses on compensation systems design and development including job evaluation programs, pay program design, and salary labor market analysis studies.
Tom C. Hogan
Dr. Hogan is a professor of human resource management in the School of Labor and Employment Relations at Penn State. He also serves as a professor-in-residence at the Penn State Sustainability Institute. Dr. Hogan's research and teaching interests include global human resources, global leadership development, business ethics, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses online and in residence.
Dr. Hogan has 30 years of experience as a practitioner and has served in leadership and management positions in higher education administration and the corporate sector. Prior to joining the School of LER, Dr. Hogan held the position of Interim Associate Provost, Office of Faculty Affairs at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). Prior to working for UMUC, he spent 23 years with AT&T in a variety of assignments including sales, sales support, business development, marketing, and human resources. In his last assignment at AT&T, Dr. Hogan served as Director of Strategic Talent Acquisition and Retention, Workforce Diversity, and EEO/AA. Prior to AT&T, he worked for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Hogan currently serves as a member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). In this role, he is involved in developing and representing the U.S. position on global HR standards to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). In November 2011, he was elected to represent ANSI as a member of the U.S. Delegation at the first ISO Technical Committee 260 Human Resource Management plenary meeting.
Dr. Hogan holds a doctor of management degree from the University of Maryland University College and two master's degrees from Penn State, in public administration and regional planning. Dr. Hogan is a faculty adviser for SHRM@PennState, the student chapter. He holds certifications from the HR Certification Institute as Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR).
Mark Linsenbigler is an adjunct lecturer for the School of Labor and Employment Relations. He is also employed as the occupational health and safety manager at Penn State. His background includes occupational safety and health experience in a variety of industries including light and heavy manufacturing, construction, and municipal environments. Mark has a bachelor’s degree in safety sciences from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in industrial health and safety from Penn State. He is also recognized as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.
Charles Lumpkins is a lecturer of labor and employment relations at Penn State. His received his doctorate in history from Penn State, his master of arts in history from the University of Maine, and his master of library science from Simmons College. He teaches History of Work in America.
Dr. Lumpkins' research focuses on the history of working-class African Americans. He is the recipient of several honors, including the Illinois State Historical Society Certificate of Merit for Scholarly Publication for his article "American Pogrom: The East St. Louis Race Riot and Black Politics." He has also written about the civil rights movement in Maine, notably in a piece reprinted in Maine's Visible Black History: The First Chronicle of Its People (2006), edited by H.H. Price and Gerald E. Talbot. Dr. Lumpkins has contributed entries to the Dictionary of American History's online version as well as encyclopedias on African American history issued by the Oxford University Press and others.
Mary MacDonald is a graduate of Penn State's Labor and Employment Relations program and received her master's degree from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She served as director of the health care division of the American Federation of Teachers, representing more than 100,000 nurses and health professionals, for 20 years. Prior to her appointment with AFT, she worked for the national AFL-CIO in their education and community services divisions and staffed the AFL-CIO labor law task force. She has taught a variety of courses as a labor educator for Cornell University. Mary frequently speaks on health care industry issues, and served as chair for the Maryland Health Care Foundation.
Sean Moeller is Director of Administrative Services for the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State, where he oversees human resources operations for the College. He is originally from Lower Bucks County, Pennsylvania, but spent a number of years serving overseas while in the United States Marine Corps. He completed a master's degree in human resources and employment relations from Penn State and has held a variety of managerial positions across the University.
Jane Moyer is the former global head of HR, Operations, for Maersk Line in Copenhagen, Denmark. Maersk Line is the largest shipping and transport company in the world, and one of the largest employers in Scandinavia. In this role Jane is responsible for all HR activities worldwide related to Maersk Line’s ports, vessels, supply chain, and sustainability and reliability teams.
Prior to Maersk, Jane worked at Starbucks in Seattle, Washington, and Canada, including roles in organizational development, strategic HR planning for more than 20,000 employees and the administration of savings, stock and pension plans. She was also the vice president, HR and Shared Services, of Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates and Jackson Family Farms in California and was responsible for all their HR functions. She has experience in organization design and compensation from her time at iQuantic in San Francisco, California, and has also worked in HR roles for Xerox Business Services. She completed her graduate work at Hewlett-Packard, helping to design organizational structures and systems to enable effective change management.
Jane has degrees from Penn State (including studies at the University of Cologne, Germany) and Cornell and has presented and lectured nationally on issues of compensation, equity and stock, turnover and retention, organizational agility, and justice in the workplace. She has been a featured executive in numerous publications including The Advocate, Fast Company, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Jane is a member of the International Guild of Sommeliers and serves on several non-profit boards.
Robert Ostrov is currently the senior vice president of human resources for Central Parking System, Inc. Mr. Ostrov has previously served as senior vice president, chief human resources officer at the former ArvinMeritor, Inc.; vice president, human resources and labor relations of FedEx Corporation; senior vice president, human resources of True Value Company; and senior vice president of human resources at GE. Ostrov most recently served in a senior HR role with the United States Coast Guard/Department of Homeland Security. He has a bachelor of science in labor and industrial relations from Cornell University, New York; an MBA in finance and strategic planning from Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois; and a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law in Illinois.
Mark Price earned his doctorate in economics from the University of Utah. His dissertation, "State Prevailing Wage Laws and Construction Labor Markets," was recognized in January 2006 with an honorable mention in the Thomas A. Kochan and Stephen R. Sleigh Best Dissertation Awards Competition sponsored by the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA).
Dr. Price's research interests include income inequality, trends in employment and compensation, the construction industry, and low-wage labor markets. He is also a labor economist at the Keystone Research Center (KRC) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. His work at KRC has included reports profiling the state of women in the Pennsylvania workforce, and a nationally-recognized report tracking the educational qualifications of the early childhood workforce in the United States.
Sumita Raghuram received her doctorate in human resource management from the University of Minnesota and went on to join the faculty in the business school at Fordham University, New York from 1993 to 2005. Her research interests focus on virtual organizations and international human resource management. Her international HR research has been published as book chapters and in the International Journal of Human Resource Management and she has been quoted in the New York Times, Economic Times, and the book Work Naked: Eight Essential Principles for Peak Performance in the Virtual Workplace. Her research on virtual work, published in journals such as Journal of Management and Organization Science, examines outcomes such as productivity, organizational commitment, and identity.
Dr. Raghuram is currently engaged in two research projects: one examining the impact of human resource practices on globally dispersed virtual organizations and the other project examining the impact of call center work on the identification of call agents. She occasionally provides HR consulting to IT companies in India. Dr. Raghuram is also the area editor for OB/HRM in the Journal of Asia Business Studies.
Julie Sadler is assistant professor in the School of Labor and Employment Relations. She received both her master's degree and doctorate in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University. Prior to joining the LSER faculty, she was a faculty member in the Leadership Program in the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Delaware from 2006 to 2008. Her current research interests focus on the dynamic linkages between perceptions of union leadership, union attitudes (e.g. union commitment, union satisfaction, and union instrumentality), workplace characteristics (e.g. job satisfaction), and members' voluntary participation in union activities. Specific areas of emphasis include research on industrial relations and leadership development in the health care and education arenas. More broadly, her teaching and research interests include leadership and leadership development in volunteer-based, social justice-oriented contexts including labor unions, community-based organizations, and other non-profit entities.
Joe Santamaria is a Senior Research Programs Coordinator at the Center for Talented Youth at John Hopkins University. Joe received his bachelor of arts in psychology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master of science in psychology and a from Penn State.
Dr. Maja Vidović is a lecturer at Rochester Institute of Technology Croatia, and an instructor of online courses at Penn State. Maja obtained her B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Zagreb, Croatia — all three in human resource management. She held faculty positions with three different colleges for the past 13 years, teaching courses in the fields of management and human resource management. For her classes, Maja focuses on motivating students to enhance their learning experience, focusing on developing critical thinking and understanding by encouraging students to re-think the concepts they encounter through her courses.
Besides teaching, Maja engages in various research-related activities. She has served on the organizing committees for several scientific conferences both in Croatia as well as in the United States, with content focused on knowledge management, contemporary roles of trade unions, and international human resource management. She was the Academy of Management’s Human Resources Division Ambassador for Croatia.
Maja is the author of several book chapters and many scientific papers, predominantly in the area of human resource management. She is currently a guest editor for a special issue in the Current Contents-listed journal, The International Journal of Human Resource Management.
Michael Wasser works full time as a senior policy analyst for Jobs With Justice, a Washington, D.C.–based policy and advocacy organization focused on workers’ rights, particularly the right to form unions and engage in collective bargaining. He earned a B.S. in Labor Studies and Employment Relations and an M.S. in Human Resources and Employment Relations as part of an integrated undergraduate/graduate program.
Paul Whitehead is a professor of practice specializing in labor and employment law. He teaches the law of employee benefits. He earned both his bachelor of science in labor studies and master of science in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin. He is also an honors graduate of Harvard Law School. Whitehead practiced labor, bankruptcy, and benefits law for more than thirty years for the United Steelworkers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, serving as general counsel from 2001 to 2009. His career has included, in addition to years of collective bargaining, the representation of workers and retirees affected by corporate restructurings, foreign trade disputes, and the design of benefit programs. He joined the Penn State faculty in early 2009 and offers courses in both the School of Labor and Employment Relations as well as The Dickinson School of Law.
Whitehead serves as one of five trustees to the AFL-CIO Mutual Benefit Fund, which offers a variety of insurance and other services to the fourteen million members of unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO. He frequently speaks on the subjects of employee and retiree benefit programs.
Jennifer Wilkes is the director of human resources for auxiliary and business services; she has been with Penn State for ten years. Prior to coming to auxiliary and business services she was a manager of employee relations. Jennifer earned her bachelor's degree in hotel, restaurant and institutional management and a master's degree in labor studies and industrial relations, both from Penn State. Prior to joining Penn State she worked with the Walt Disney World Company and The Shaner Hotel Group. She teaches human resource classes with the labor and employment relations school, located in the College of the Liberal Arts.
Dr. Billie S. Willits holds faculty appointments in the School of Labor and Employment Relations and in the Smeal College of Business. Before retiring from Penn State, she was responsible for management of all aspects of human resources, including training and development, employment and compensation, benefits, wellness, workers' compensation, occupational medicine, and labor relations at all Penn State campuses. She has developed and conducted seminars in strategic planning, leadership, and numerous other human resources areas.
She has served as director of affirmative action and as the director of the Academic Collective Bargaining Information Service, Project on Educational Employment Relations, Washington, D.C., and as special fact finder and hearing officer at the University of the District of Columbia.
Prior to her career at Penn State, Dr. Willits served as associate and assistant vice president for human resources at the University of Massachusetts, and director, Office of Employee and Labor Relations, at the University of Cincinnati.
Dr. Willits holds both a master's degree and a doctorate from the University of Iowa.
Justin Zartman is an instructor in the School of Labor and Employment Relations. He is a Penn State graduate with degrees in labor and employment relations and political science, received his Juris Doctor from the Texas Wesleyan School of Law, and has been admitted to the Connecticut bar. In addition to being a World Campus instructor, Zartman works for the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) negotiating teachers' contracts and representing teachers at arbitration and state labor board hearings, and is an adjunct professor for Labor Negotiation Skills Workshop at Texas A&M University School of Law. Prior to joining CEA, Zartman worked for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in their Fort Worth, Texas office.