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Associate in Science in
Labor and Human Resources

Faculty

Lead Faculty

Ph.D., I/O Psychology, Graduate Center, City University of New York
M.A., I/O Psychology, New York University
B.A., Psychology, Castleton State University

Dr. Brian Redmond is an associate teacher professor in LER. He worked in several organizations (manufacturing, financial, education, management, and service) before deciding that education was his true calling. He still occasionally performs organizational consulting, specifically leadership assessment and online education. Dr. Redmond teaches and authors courses in leadership that span the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. He has been teaching online since 2004. He has published and presented research and applied solutions regarding online education since 2003.

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.

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., Duquesne University School of Law
B.A., Labor and Employment Relations, Penn State
B.A., Sociology, Penn State

Michael Eggert began his career as a field examiner for the Pittsburgh Regional Office of the National Labor Relations Board. Subsequently, he was a private attorney in employment and labor law for nearly 11 years, representing a variety of clients that included employers, individual employees, and several union locals. Between 1998 and 2009, he 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., Pennsylvania.

MPS, Human Resources and Employment Relations, Penn State
B.A., Psychology, California State University

Mathew Barkley is the human resources director for the Pepsi Beverages Company Southwest area of Arizona, New Mexico, and west Texas. He is responsible for developing the strategic people agenda for approximately 1,700 sales, manufacturing, and supply chain employees. His diverse background includes more than 11 years of experience in human resources and another 8 years of sales leadership and operational roles in the consumer electronics, telecommunications, and health care fields.

M.S., Educational Administration, Gwynedd Mercy University
B.A., Literature, Brown University

Valerie Braman is a lecturer in labor and employment relations courses and a labor educator. Previously, she was employed by the American Federation of Teachers as a staff representative and affiliate organizer. She also served as an instructional reform facilitator and bilingual English teacher at Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Philadelphia.

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.

M.A., Labor Studies, University of the District of Columbia
B.A., Economics, Georgetown University

Kathleen Conlan has worked in the labor movement all her adult life. She started in the research department of Service Employees International Union, and she retired as the education director for the Laborers' International Union of North America in 2012, where she was responsible for developmental classes for the union's leadership. She also served in the AFL-CIO legislative department. She taught online and residential classes at the National Labor College from 2000 to 2014.

J.D., University of Dayton
MBA, University of Dayton
B.A., Labor Studies, Penn State

Nicholas J. Enoch is a partner with the Phoenix/Denver/El Paso law firm of Lubin & Enoch, P.C., which focuses on the representation of labor unions throughout the Southwest. He routinely appears before arbitrators as well as all courts and administrative agencies in matters arising under traditional (e.g., National Labor Relations Act, Railway Labor Act, Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act) and non-traditional labor and employment law.

MLS, Library Science, Kutztown University
B.A., English, Bloomsburg University

Kathleen Evans is a 15-year-veteran of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, where she gained experience as a field representative 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.

M.L.A., Landscape Architecture, Penn State
B.S.L.A., Landscape Architecture, Penn State

David Goldberg is an assistant professor of landscape architecture and technology operations manager for the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He is advancing landscape architecture education and practice by developing the role of landscape architects in interdisciplinary design. From an award-winning collaborative interdisciplinary design studio, he researches building and geographic information modeling, as it relates to site design in the integrated project delivery process. He contributed to curriculum development of the online geodesign graduate program. Through this initiative and his work with the interdisciplinary studio, he is developing techniques for remote collaboration and online studio critiques, using virtual world simulators and dynamic displays.

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.

M.S., Applied I/O, Colorado State University
B.S., Labor and Industrial Relations, Penn State

Julie Hartley has served in a variety of human resource management roles for more than 20 years. She is the director of human resources at Foxdale Village, Inc., a continuing care retirement community in State College, Pennsylvania. Prior to that position, she was human resources manager at the Centre Area Transportation Association in State College. She has achieved both SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications.

Ph.D., U.S. History, University of California, Santa Barbara

Dr. Jill Jensen serves as an instructor with the School of Labor Studies and Employment Relations and as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Redlands, California. She has focused on the study of comparative labor law and social policy, human rights, and global labor markets and trade. Her academic work analyzes the history of the International Labour Organization and its attempts to formulate and monitor international labor standards in the global economy.

Ph.D., Sociology, Penn State
B.S., Labor Studies, Penn State

Dr. Tara Habasevich-Brooks' research interests include work and family, and women's employment and childcare. Previously, she worked for several years as an HR manager. In addition to teaching, she works as a research consultant for various clients and as a financial caseworker.

M.S., Industrial Health and Safety, Penn State
B.S., Safety Sciences, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Mark Linsenbigler is 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. He is also recognized as a certified safety professional by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

Ph.D., I/O Psychology, Saint Louis University
M.S., I/O Psychology, Saint Louis University
B.S., Business Administration, Fontbonne University

Dr. Allison Maurer has extensive experience in both the science and practice of management in the government (e.g., United States Secret Service and Department of Justice) and other business areas (e.g., Panera Bread, March of Dimes, and Badges for Vets). Her current research interests fall broadly into two categories: personnel selection and managerial decision-making. She has also taught a range of management courses at more than seven higher education institutions, including Penn State.

Ph.D., Instructional Systems, Penn State
M.Ed., Counselor Education, Penn State
B.A., Psychology, Indiana

Dr. Leonard Pollack has been committed to improving the performance of individuals and organizations throughout his career. He is a certified executive coach and has expertise in the areas of leadership, performance management, survey creation and administration, organizational development, group facilitation, change management, and strategic planning. Before joining Penn State's College of the Liberal Arts, Dr. Pollack served as the director of the University's Human Resource Development Center and Strategic Services.

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., 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.

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.

Ph.D., History, University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A., History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.A., Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
B.A., History and Political Science, Hamline University

Dr. Kristoffer Smemo has published and presented widely on issues related to labor history. He is a member of the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, and the Labor and Working-Class History Association. His most recent submission, scheduled for publication in 2018, is titled, "The Rise and Fall of a 'New Dealized' Liberal Republicanism," in Beyond the New Deal Order, ed. Gary Gerstle, Nelson Lichtenstein, and Alice O’Connor (University of Pennsylvania Press).

Ph.D., Business and Management, Newcastle University, Australia.
MBA, Newcastle University, Australia

Dr. Leslee Spiess' research interests include the structures and processes surrounding labor regulation, management strategy, and employee representation. She has taught comparative employment relations for several years. She served for many years in the Royal Australian Air Force as an air traffic controller and also worked in the hospital sector as a diagnostic radiographer.

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.

M.S., Human Resources and Employment Relations, Penn State
B.S., Labor Studies and Employment Relations, Penn State

Michael Wasser is the legislative and outreach director for the Department for Professional Employees (DPE) of the AFL-CIO. DPE consists of 22 unions representing nearly four million people in professional and technical occupations, ranging from NASA scientists and teachers to paramedics and actors in Hollywood and on Broadway. Prior to DPE, he was a senior policy analyst for Jobs With Justice, and he served on the labor relations staff for General Motors at one of its assembly plants.

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.

J.D., Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
B.A., Labor and Industrial Relations, Penn State
B.A., Political Science, Penn State

Justin Zartman works for the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) negotiating teachers' contracts and representing teachers at arbitration and state labor board hearings. Prior to joining CEA, he worked for the National Labor Relations Board in their Fort Worth, Texas, office.

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