UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Paul Clark, director of the School of Labor and Employment Relations within the College of the Liberal Arts, was lately elected nationwide president of the Labor and Employment Relations Affiliation (LERA). Clark will function president-elect in 2021–22 and president in 2022–23.
LERA is knowledgeable affiliation that brings collectively native, nationwide and worldwide teachers and practitioners who’re focused on all features of labor and employment relations. Members share concepts and study new developments, points and practices within the discipline. LERA’s membership contains college college in labor and employment relations, sociology, human useful resource administration, historical past, economics, regulation and public coverage in addition to practitioners from unions, administration, authorities, regulation, mediation and arbitration.
An extended-time LERA member, Clark has served in management positions on the native and nationwide ranges. He was president of the Western Pennsylvania and Nittany native chapters and served two phrases as chair of Nationwide LERA’s Council of Deans and Administrators and two phrases on the Nationwide Government Board and as chair of the Nationwide Awards Committee.
Clark, who can also be a professor of labor and employment, is the primary Penn State college member to function president of the affiliation in its 72-year historical past.
Talking of his election, Clark mentioned, “Work, employment and employment relations are a central a part of the human expertise. LERA brings collectively teachers and practitioners with a dedication to creating employment experiences and employment relations higher for employees and organizations. It additionally performs a precious function by creating communities the place those that follow, research and educate about employment relations can come collectively to study from, and help, one another.”
Clark has been the director of the Faculty of LER on the College for 20 years. His analysis pursuits embrace employment relations within the U.S. healthcare trade, comparative union construction, authorities and administration, and union member dedication and participation. His analysis has appeared within the main scholarly journals in labor and employment relations and utilized psychology. He is also the creator or editor of 5 books, together with “Constructing Extra Efficient Unions,” first printed by Cornell ILR Press in 2001, with a second version in 2009.
Clark usually teaches undergraduate and graduate programs on employment relations, together with LHR 100, the introductory course to the labor and human resources main.
He holds a grasp’s diploma from the Cornell ILR Faculty and a doctorate from the College of Pittsburgh. He has served as a visiting professor on the College of St. Andrews, Scotland, U.Okay.; the College of Strathclyde, Scotland, U.Okay.; the Royal Melbourne Institute of Expertise, Australia; Monash College, Australia; the College of Melbourne, Australia; Victoria College of Wellington, New Zealand; and the College of Arizona.
All through his profession, Clark has served as a guide to quite a few unions and labor federations in Pennsylvania and across the nation.