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Master of Professional Studies in
Human Resources and Employment Relations


Lead Faculty

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 L. 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.

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

Jeanne Charles 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.

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 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., 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., 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.

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

Barry Wolfe 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, EaglePicher Industries, and Reynolds Metals Company.

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