The online courses in the International HRER graduate certificate are taught by Penn State School of Labor and Employment Relations leading faculty who have extensive experience teaching in online educational environments for professional-level students.

Lead Faculty

Paul F. Clark, MS, PhD

Dr. Clark is head and professor in the Department of Labor Studies 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 several major American industries: collective bargaining, the American labor movement, and the globalization of the labor market. He has worked with numerous local and national unions on research projects and regularly serves as a speaker/workshop instructor for professional development programs for unions and employers.

Clark is an internationally recognized scholar in his field. He is the author of four books, including Building More Effective Unions, published by Cornell ILR Press in 2001. His research has also appeared in the leading scholarly journals in industrial and labor relations and applied psychology. Clark serves as the director of the master's degree program in human resources and employment relations 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 doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh.

International HRER Faculty

Akram Al Ariss, PhD

Akram Al Ariss earned his PhD from Norwich Business School–University of East Anglia, UK and 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. Akram has also served as co-editor of special issues of the Journal of Management Development and International Journal of Business and Globalisation on themes in IHRM. He presently serves as an editorial board member for Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion and Journal of World Business.

Jackie Brova, MBA

Jackie Brova is executive vice president, human resources at Church & Dwight, Co. Inc., a $2.5 billion consumer products company headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey. Jackie’s more than 30-year career spans three industries (mining, steel, and consumer products) and she has worked in both union (UMWA, USWA, Teamsters, IAM) and non-union settings. Her experience includes support of acquisitions, divestitures, shutdowns, and start-ups and encompasses all aspects of the human resource function. In her current role at Church & Dwight, she has corporate-wide responsibility for global HR matters. Jackie received her BA in labor studies from Penn State and her MBA from Moravian College, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Elaine Farndale, PhD

Elaine Farndale is an associate professor in human resource management 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.

Taesung Kim, PhD

Taesung Kim earned his Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Development with an emphasis in Human Resources and Organization Development at The Pennsylvania State University. He received both his B.A. in Education and M.Ed. in HRD at Yonsei University in South Korea.

He has over ten years of extensive experience in the field of Human Resource Development and Management as an internal manager and an external consultant. Most recently 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 Learning and Development Center, serving simultaneously on the HR Steering Group, the Labor-Management Council, and the Promotion and Communication Steering Group. His academic and professional expertise is in strategic human resource management and development, training and leadership development, and organization development and change. He is currently teaching as a faculty member in Human Resources and Employment Relations and in the Department of Asian Studies at Penn State as well.

Robert Ostrov, MBA, JD

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 JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law in Illinois.

Paul Whitehead, MS, JD

Paul Whitehead is a professor of practice specializing in labor and employment law. He earned his BS in labor studies and MS 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 almost 30 years for the United Steelworkers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, serving as general counsel from 2001–09. 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 Studies and Employment Relations as well as the Penn State Dickinson School of Law.