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Master of Professional Studies in
Human Resources and Employment Relations


Lead Faculty

Ph.D., Labor and Industrial Relations/Public Administration, University of Pittsburgh
M.S., Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University

Dr. Paul F. Clark is director and professor of the School of Labor and Employment Relations. His research interests include employment relations in the U.S. health care industry; union structure, government, and administration; union member commitment and participation; and new union member orientation and socialization. He is the author of four books, including Building More Effective Unions, first published by Cornell ILR Press in 2001, second edition 2009. His research has appeared in the leading scholarly journals in industrial and labor relations and applied psychology.


Ph.D., Collective Bargaining, Labor Law, and Labor History, Cornell University
M.A., Government, Cornell University

Dr. Antone Aboud is a professor of practice and director of online programs for the School of Labor and Employment Relations. From 1985 through 2012, he was a full-time consultant, developing risk management and investigatory policies and practices as well as management, leadership, and supervisory training. He has authored training programs taught in more than 40 states and the District of Columbia.

J.D., Dickinson School of Law
B.A., Political Science and History, Juniata College

David Andrews' experience includes labor and employment law on behalf of employers and their insurance carriers, and education law on behalf of school districts and their insurance carriers. He has represented employers in employment discrimination cases in various federal and state courts for more than 34 years. He currently serves as in-house counsel for Mount Aloysius College.

Ph.D., Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia
B.S., Engineering, Lebanese American University

Dr. Akram Al Ariss lectures at Champagne School of Management, ESC Troyes in France. His research focuses on international human resource management (IHRM). He has written several book chapters, book reviews, and journal articles—in English, French, and Arabic—on interdisciplinary issues related to IHRM, including articles in British Journal of Management; Thunderbird International Business Review; Career Development International; Work, Employment and Society; and Personnel Review.

J.D., Michigan State University College of Law
B.A., Journalism, Wayne State University

Roland Bessette spent 34 years with the federal government as a senior executive (SES) with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of General Counsel, in the position of Regional Counsel (Michigan and Wisconsin), plus a 25-year collateral assignment as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. He was on active duty with the U.S. Navy for eight years. He has provided representation in hundreds of proceedings before the Federal Labor Relations Authority, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Merit Systems Protection Board, arbitrators, and various courts.

Ph.D., Organization and Management, Capella University
MBA, Organizational Behavior, Westminster College

Dr. 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 to the academic arena in 2012, joining Harvard University as an internal consultant and executive coach to its deans and department administrators, and leading curriculum design and facilitation efforts for executive education in Harvard's Center for Workplace Development.

Ph.D., Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University
J.D., Dickinson School of Law, Penn State

Dr. Jerry Carbo, an associate professor of management at the Grove College of Business at Shippensburg University, teaches courses in business and society, labor relations, and employment law. Dr. Carbo has been an adjunct professor in the Master's in HRER program since 2009. His research interests include socially sustainable business systems, workplace bullying, and union revitalization, and he has published articles in several academic journals, including Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Journal of Workplace Rights, and WorkingUSA.

Ph.D., Industrial Psychology, Graduate Center of the City University of New York
B.S., Mathematics and Psychology, Fairfield University

Dr. Corrine Donovan is assistant dean of research and evaluation in the School of Education at Adelphi University. Prior to assuming that role in 2010, she served as the senior manager of leadership and management development at MetLife, Inc. She also worked at Starwood Hotels and Resorts as manager of organizational culture and effectiveness, with responsibility for addressing global talent management issues, including the development of more than 20 mentoring programs worldwide.

Ph.D., Cranfield University of Management, United Kingdom
M.A., Personnel Management, Kingston University, United Kingdom
B.A., French and Modern Dutch Studies, University of Hull, United Kingdom

Dr. Elaine Farndale ​is associate director of the School of Labor and Employment Relations and professor of human resource management. Dr. Farndale's areas of specialization and research include international and comparative human resource management (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. Dr. Farndale has also worked as an HR specialist for several years.

J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law
MBA, Business Administration, Fontbonne University
B.A., Labor and Industrial Relations, Penn State

John Gerak is a shareholder/attorney with the law firm of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., and has represented employers nationally in a broad range of labor and employment issues. He has litigated single-plaintiff employment cases, as well as class action discrimination and wage and hour cases. He has extensive experience presenting seminars and highly focused custom training in all major areas of labor and employment law. He spent time on loan as in-house counsel for a national transportation and logistics company.

LP.D., Law and Policy, Northeastern University
M.S., Leadership (HR Concentration), Northeastern University

Dr. Art Graziano is division manager of human resources and technology at Braintree Electric Light Department in Braintree, Massachusetts. His career spans more than 25 years of human resource and labor relations management experience in union and non-union settings, with particular emphasis on human resource planning and staffing, job analysis, compensation modeling, training and development, organizational design and development, and leadership training. He has also negotiated many collective bargaining agreements in the public and private sectors.

J.D., New York Law School
Master's Degree in Labor Law, New York University School of Law
B.A., Political Science, Brooklyn College

Steve Greenblatt has spent than 30 years of practice in human resources. At Downstate Medical Center (SUNY) he served as director of labor relations and director of workforce training and development. He also served as ethics officer and acting affirmative action officer. Prior to working with SUNY, he served as assistant district attorney in Bronx County and deputy inspector general for the New York City Department of Sanitation. He also trained attorneys, investigators, and human resource professionals in investigative, arbitration, and trial techniques.

Doctor of Management, University of Maryland University College
M.A., Public Administration, Penn State
M.A., Regional Planning, Penn State

Dr. Tom Hogan is a professor of practice in LER. He has more than 30 years of experience as a practitioner, serving 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.

Ph.D., Workforce Education and Development, Penn State
M.Ed., HRD, Yonsei University, South Korea
B.A, Education, Yonsei University, South Korea

Dr. Taesung Kim has more than 10 years of experience as an internal manager and external consultant in the field of human resource development and management. He worked for KPMG Korea, a Korean member firm of the KPMG global network that provides audit and business advisory services, as a senior manager in the Learning and Development Center. He served simultaneously on the HR Steering Group, the Labor-Management Council, and the Promotion and Communication Steering Group.

J.D., University of Michigan Law School
B.A., History, University of Michigan

Renate Klass has practiced law in California and Michigan, and for the past 30 years has devoted her practice to public and private sector labor, employment, discrimination, and benefit law. She is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court as well as numerous other federal and state courts and has lectured at conferences sponsored by the Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference, AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, the Michigan Employment Relations Commission, and the Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education.

Ph.D., Economics, University of Maryland
B.A., Economics, Wittenberg University

Dr. James Lakso was a member of the faculty at Juniata College from 1970¬ to 1997. While at Juniata, he taught a wide variety of courses and held several part-time administrative positions, including department chair, assistant dean for the Social Sciences, and assistant academic dean. He served as provost and EVP for student development at Juniata from 1997 to 2013 and was named the Chief Academic Officer of the Year by the Council of Independent Colleges in 2012. Dr. Lakso retired from full-time service at Juniata in May 2013.

J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law
MBA, Finance and Strategic Planning, Roosevelt University
B.S., Labor and Industrial Relations, Cornell University

Robert Ostrov's most recent position was senior vice president of human resources for Central Parking System, Inc. He previously served as senior vice president, chief human resources officer at the former ArvinMeritor, Inc.; vice president of human resources and labor relations, FedEx Corporation; senior vice president of human resources for True Value Company; and senior vice president of human resources at GE.

J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., Political Science and History, Duke University

Roger Pao is assistant provost at the New England College of Business and Finance. Prior to becoming a full-time administrator and faculty member with the College, he worked as a practicing lawyer in Boston, addressing such issues as employment law, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and corporate governance in a global context. He is a member in good standing with the Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Ph.D., Psychology and Education, Washington University in St. Louis
M.A., Psychology and Education, Washington University in St. Louis
B.S., Business and Marketing, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Dr. Michael Pepe is a senior partner and an executive coach in Meaningful Growth Associates, Inc. Previously, he served in a variety of high-level roles in the areas of human resources, staffing, and development. Among other positions that he has held, Dr. Pepe was the chief human resources officer for Virtua, Inc., and vice president and executive director for the Yale New Haven Health System.

Ph.D., Business Management and Organizational Behavior, Michigan State University

Dr. Jean Phillips is a professor of human resource management in the School of Labor and Employment Relations. Her interests focus on recruitment and staffing, motivation, effective teamwork, and the processes that lead to employee retention, wellness, and performance. Dr. Phillips was among the top 5 percent of published authors in Journal of Applied Psychology and Personnel Psychology during the 1990s. She received the 2004 Cummings Scholar Award from the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management, and she is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Ph.D., Agricultural and International Economics, Michigan State University
M.A., Communication, Michigan State University
M.A., Agricultural Economics and Anthropology, University of Arizona
B.A., Economics, University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Refugio Rochin has advanced to full professor in three disciplines: agricultural economics, sociology, and Chicano/Latino studies. In addition to teaching and doing research, he co-developed new academic programs and curricula at several institutions. While working in academia, Dr. Rochin also became the founding director of the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives, where he worked to increase the representation and recognition of Latinos nationwide.

Ph.D., Organizational Behavior and Employment Relations, Cornell University
MILR, Organizational Behavior and Employment Relations, Cornell University
B.S. and B.A., Business Administration, Psychology, West Virginia University

Dr. Julie Sadler 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 prior to becoming a lecturer in LER. Her 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.

M.A., Industrial and Labor Relations, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
B.S., Human Resource Management, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Timothy Shick has been in the field of human resources for more than 10 years, working in health care, service, and manufacturing settings. He is a part-time consultant and a lecturer. He has been a part-time faculty member at Penn State for several years. His major areas of interest are staffing, training, labor and employee relations, and policy.

Ph.D., Training and Organizational Development, Penn State
B.S., Human Resource Management, Juniata College

Dr. Pat Shope, in addition to teaching in higher education, has held human resources and training positions in health care, manufacturing, community development, and secondary education. She is also a self-employed consultant specializing in organizational leadership, human resources, and customer service training. Dr. Shope has entrepreneurial experience as owner/vice president of a franchise operation and economic development consulting.

J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law
B.S., Labor Studies, Penn State

Rex Simpson is a professor of practice in LER. He worked in human resources and employee relations in the retail industry (JCPenney and Macy's), the automotive industry (Honda), and tire manufacturing (Yokohama). He worked in all of the core areas of HR and eventually had responsibility for directing the entire HR operation. Along the way, he also worked as an in-house labor counsel. Prior to his time in private industry, he spent almost five years as a field attorney with the National Labor Relations Board at its Pittsburgh Regional Office.

J.D., University of Maryland School of Law
M.A., English, Old Dominion University
B.A., English, Metropolitan State College of Denver

Banci Tewolde is an associate director for the Department of Planning and Budget in Virginia. Before joining the Office of the Governor, she was an Assistant Attorney General, where she represented officials and state employees and agencies sued in state and federal courts for alleged constitutional violations in the course of their employment. Prior to returning to Virginia in 2005, she was the manager of the immigration unit at Penn State within the Department of Human Resources.

Ph.D., Human Resource Management, University of Zagreb, Croatia
M.S., Human Resource Management, University of Zagreb, Croatia
B.S., Human Resource Management, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Dr. Maja Vidovic has been a member of the organizing committees for several scientific conferences, focused on knowledge management, the contemporary role of trade unions, and international human resource management — in both Croatia and the United States. She was the Academy of Management's Human Resources Division's ambassador for Croatia, and she is the author of several book chapters and many scientific papers, predominantly focusing on human resource management.

J.D., Harvard Law School
M.S., Industrial Relations, University of Wisconsin
B.S., Labor Studies, University of Wisconsin

Paul Whitehead is a professor of practice specializing in labor and employment law. He practiced labor, bankruptcy, and benefits law for more than 30 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.

Ph.D., University of Iowa
M.S., University of Iowa
B.A., English, University of Iowa

Dr. Billie Willits formerly served as associate vice president for human resources at Penn State. She has been responsible for the management of all aspects of human resources, including training and development, employment and compensation, benefits, wellness, workers' compensation, occupational medicine, and labor relations. She has developed and conducted seminars in strategic planning, leadership, and numerous other human resources areas. Earlier in her career, she worked in human resources for universities of the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, and Cincinnati.

J.D., University of Pittsburgh Law School
M.S., Industrial Relations, Marshall University
B.A., Political Science and English, West Virginia Wesleyan College

Barry Wolfe currently serves as senior director of labor/employee relations at Dean Foods. He previously was director of labor/employee relations with ARAMARK Uniform Services. He has more than 25 years of labor/employee relations experience at such companies as Exel Logistics, National Linen Service, Corporate Express, FoxMeyer Drug Company, James River Corporation, Eagle-Picher Industries, and Reynolds Metals Company.

J.D., DePaul University School of Law
B.S., Business, Northern Illinois University

Jeanne Charles Wood has a multi-state Alternative Dispute Resolution practice with offices in the Chicago and Fort Lauderdale areas. Her practice includes both arbitration and mediation services. She serves as a labor arbitrator on permanent panels for the State of Illinois and AFSCME Council 31; the State of Florida and AFSCME Council 79; the Miami Dade County and IAFF Local 1403; the National Treasury Employees Union and IRS; and the United States Postal Service. She has been admitted into the National Academy of Arbitrators.

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