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"The Most Dangerous Woman in America" to appear in Mid-Michigan with two free performances

Karen Vuranch as Mother Jones

Mother Jones (as portrayed by West Virginian Karen Vuranch) will come alive in two performances on March 13 and 14. On March 13th, she will appear on the Michigan State University campus at the Residential College for Arts and Humanities (RCAH) Theatre in Snyder-Phillips Hall at 7 PM. On March 14th, she will appear in Lansing at UAW Local 602, 2510 W. Michigan Avenue in Lansing at 7 PM. Both of these performances are FREE and open to the public.

Both events are co-sponsored by Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives; the MSU Poetry Center at the Residential College for Arts and Humanities, and the MSU Department of Theatre.

Learn more about these events


SHRLR successfully hosts women's labor leadership workshop

Women's labor leadership workshop attendees
Photo credit: Dan Hamilton

Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
East Lansing, Michigan
Friday, February 10, 9:00am - 5:00pm and
Saturday, February 11, 9:00am - 3:00pm

This workshop focused on how women develop as leaders in the labor movement, and on one set of goals that leadership can be applied to: maintaining strong unions in the Right to Work environment (RTW).

Learn more about this important workshop


2017 SHRM Conference: Driving Business Value from HR Analytics

Kick Off Event
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

Main Event
Friday, February 17, 2017 8:00AM-3:30PM
East Lansing Marriott

Learn more about the SHRM Conference


SHRLR Lifelong Network News

November 2016 - Highlighting our recent annual Advisory Board meeting, scholarships awarded to incoming students, kudos to several of our faculty, and a request to alumni to help us with our growing social media presence.

Read the latest Lifelong Network News


SHRLR faculty participating in latest Sharper Focus/Wider Lens program

Dr. John Beck Dr. Angela Hall

Tuesday, September 27
7:00pm - 8:30pm
MSU Library, Green Room (4 West)

In Brave New Workplace: The Next Careers? the Sharper Focus/Wider Lens faculty panel will explore the emerging field of neuroscience, how supercomputers are changing the day, the perspective of an entrepreneur, creativity in the workplace and how employees hold themselves accountable at work.

Featuring audience Q&A and TED-style talks by the following MSU faculty:

  • Kenneth Merz, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Chemistry and Director, Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research
  • Cheryl Sisk, Ph.D., Professor, Neuroscience Program
  • Karl Gude, Director, Media Sandbox in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences
  • Kenneth Szymusiak, Director, Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Eli Broad College of Business
  • Angela Hall, J.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Human Resources and Labor Relations

Moderated by John Beck, Associate Professor, School of Human Resources and Labor Relations and Honors Professor for Sharper Focus/Wider Lens.

For parking information, please visit The Main Library is wheelchair accessible via the South entrance. Persons with disabilities may request accommodations by calling Lisa Denison at (517) 884-6454 one week before an event. Requests received after that time will be met when possible.

This event will also be livestreamed courtesy of the MSU Alumni Association


Jason Huang receives the 2016 William A. Owens Scholarly Achievement Award

Dr. Jason Huang

Please join us in congratulating Jason for receiving the 2016 William A. Owens Scholarly Achievement Award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology for the best refereed journal article in IO psychology: “Effectiveness of Job Search Interventions: A Meta-Analytic Review,” Psychological Bulletin, 140(4), 1009–1041.

Congratulations Jason!


Joseph Guzman named Interim Director of the Chicano/Latino Studies Program

Dr. Joseph Guzman

The Chicano/Latino Studies (CLS) Program promotes research and education across disciplines on the histories and the cultures of Chicanas/Chicanos and Latinas/Latinos.

It focuses on the historical, cultural, and social contributions of the diverse indo-afro-hispano citizens of the United States over the last 500 years as well as the status and conditions of ethnic minorities and emerging populations in the United States.

Congratulations Joseph!

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Jeff Ericksen named Director of the Center for Integrative Studies in Social Science

Dr. Jeff Ericksen

The Center for Integrative Studies (CIS) administers the integrative studies core curriculum in social science (ISS) as well undergraduate majors in Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) and Global and Area Studies (GLAS). In 2015, CIS faculty taught ISS courses to over 13,000 MSU students and Interdisciplinary Studies represented the fourth largest major in the College of Social Science with 565 students.

Congratulations Jeff!

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Mevan Jayasinghe to receive the 2015 Academy of Management "International HRM Scholarly Research Award"

Dr. Mevan Jayasinghe

This prestigious award is given to the author of the "most significant article in international HRM" published in the past year in recognized journals and research annuals. Mevan is receiving this award in recognition of his article "A meta-analysis of country differences in the high-performance work system-business performance relationship: The roles of national culture and managerial discretion", which was published in the Journal of Applied Psychology.


Peter Berg elected President of Industry Studies Association (ISA)

Dr. Peter Berg

Our very own Peter Berg was elected as the President of the prestigious Industry Studies Association (ISA) at the annual ISA meeting and conference in Kansas City, MO last week. The president serves a 2 year term and is elected by the Board of Directors of the ISA.

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Dale Belman awarded Princeton University's William G. Bowen Award for the Outstanding Book on Labor and Public Policy for 2014

Dr. Dale Belman

This award winning book, "What Does the Minimum Wage Do?" co-authored by our very own, Dale Belman, recently received the William G. Bowen Award for the Outstanding Book on Labor & Public Policy. We congratulate him and his co-author Paul J. Wolfson on this honor.

Notable mentions


Distinguished alum, Shaun Pichler, receives California State University Fullerton's Mihaylo College of Business's top faculty honor

Mihaylo Management Professor Shaun Pichler

Shaun Pichler (PhD, 2009), a distinguished graduate of our doctoral program, has further distinguished himself. He just received California State University Fullerton's top honor for faculty in their college of business, the Mihaylo College of Business Distinguished Faculty award.

Shaun also recently received a university-level service award for outstanding service to students, the university, or the external community.

Congratulations Shaun!

Learn about Shaun's distinguished faculty award » | Learn about Shaun's service award »


SHRLR alumnus Kevin Cox to receive Academy of Management HR Division Distinguished HR Executive Award

L. Kevin Cox

The award is given to executives who have distinguished themselves throughout their careers in the field of human resources management. This year, the award winner is L. Kevin Cox, Chief Human Resources Officer, American Express Company. He is the primary architect of American Express' human capital plan and related strategies that focus on making American Express one of the most financially successful and respected companies in the world. Kevin is a frequent speaker on strategy, building organizational capability and increasing the role and influence of Human Resources in global business. He is active in a number of professional HR organizations, serving on the boards of the Human Resources Policy Association and the National Academy of Human Resources and is also one of a small number of CHROs serving on the Board of Directors of a public company.

We are also honored to have Mr. Cox as the keynote speaker at this year's graduation brunch.


The School is pleased to announce the Donna and Marvin Zischke Endowed Professorship in SHRLR and the Donna and Marvin Zischke Scholarship in SHRLR

The Zischke family with Dr. Bill Cooke

After a distinguished career at MSU, Donna Zischke and her husband Marvin are providing the means for the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations' (SHRLR) to attract prominent faculty and outstanding students equipped for innovation and leadership in the human resources profession. Through a combination of their philanthropic vision for MSU and their comprehensive estate planning, the Zischkes have pledged a significant future gift to fund the Donna and Marvin Zischke Endowed Professorship in SHRLR which will enable the recruitment and perpetual funding of a faculty member who is prominent in the human resources discipline with an exceptional record of achievements.

In addition, Donna and Marvin pledged annual cash contributions to establish the Donna and Marvin Zischke Scholarship in SHRLR. Both the professorship and scholarship are endowed funds that will provide valuable long-term stability in the school. The couple sees the two gifts as interrelated.

Learn more about the Zischkes and others making a difference at MSU »


Maite Tapia featured on Jobs with Justice with co-author Tashlin Lakhani regarding the latest ruling on franchisees

Dr. Maite Tapia

Franchisees are different than mom-and-pop stores. Why does this matter you ask? SHRLR professor Maite Tapia lays out the latest ruling and its implications in this article she co-authored.

Read the story at Jobs with Justice »


Maite Tapia's article "Mapping the frontier of theory in industrial relations: the contested role of worker representation" featured in current issue of Socio-Economic Review

Dr. Maite Tapia

In this article, we examine how well industrial relations meta-theories, when combined with efforts to build middle-range theories, provide distinctive explanations and different predictions for the alternatives that have emerged to date to fill the void.

Read the article at the Socio-Economic Review »

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