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Graduate Certificate in
International Human Resources and Employment Relations


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.

  • Akram Al Ariss
    • Degree
      Ph.D., Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia
    • Degree
      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.

  • 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 it encompasses all aspects of the human resource function. In her role at Church & Dwight, she has corporate-wide responsibility for global HR matters. Jackie received her B.A. in labor studies from Penn State and her MBA from Moravian College, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

  • Paul F. Clark
    • Degree
      Ph.D., Labor and Industrial Relations/Public Administration, University of Pittsburgh
    • Degree
      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.

  • Elaine Farndale
    • Degree
      Ph.D., Cranfield University of Management, United Kingdom
    • Degree
      M.A., Personnel Management, Kingston University, United Kingdom
    • Degree
      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.

  • Taesung Kim
    • Degree
      Ph.D., Workforce Education and Development, Penn State
    • Degree
      M.Ed., HRD, Yonsei University, South Korea
    • Degree
      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.

  • Robert Ostrov
    • Degree
      J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law
    • Degree
      MBA, Finance and Strategic Planning, Roosevelt University
    • Degree
      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.

  • Paul Whitehead
    • Degree
      J.D., Harvard Law School
    • Degree
      M.S., Industrial Relations, University of Wisconsin
    • Degree
      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.

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