John P. Beck

John P. Beck
  • Associate Professor
  • M.A., University of Michigan, Adult and Continuing Education with Certificate in Industrial Relations
  • B.A., Michigan State University, Humanities - Literary Studies
  • South Kedzie Hall
  • 368 Farm Lane, Room S432
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • (517) 432-3982



Union movement, union leadership, interest-based negotiations, joint union-management relations and processes, training and development, workforce development, and labor history.


John P. Beck is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources & Labor Relations at Michigan State University. He previously served as associate director of the School, primarily in charge of two of the School's outreach units, the Labor Education Program and Union Management Initiatives. He also co-directs a project (with Karen Klomparens, the Dean of the MSU Graduate School), "Building Mutual Expectations and Resolving Conflicts in Graduate Education," on the use of interest-based conflict resolution approaches for graduate students and their faculty mentors. John holds degrees from Michigan State University and the University of Michigan. He worked for five years on the staff of the University of Michigan Labor Studies Center. He has taught labor studies on the community college level in both Oklahoma and Michigan and has taught history and education courses at the university level.