Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Dean and Professor, School of Labor & Employment Relations

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld is the Dean of the School of Labor and Employment Relations.  He has edited the annotated edition of the Douglas McGregor’s 1960 management classic, The Human Side of Enterprise (McGraw-Hill, 2006). Co-authored books include: Valuable Disconnects in Organizational Learning Systems (with Kevin Ford, Oxford University Press, 2005), Lean Enterprise Value (with a team of 13 MIT colleagues, Palgrave, 2002), Knowledge-Driven Work (with a team of 14 MSU colleagues, Oxford University Press, 1998), Strategic Negotiations (with Richard Walton and Robert McKersie, Harvard Business School Press, 1994), and additional books on workplace training and negotiations.  Over eighty articles, book chapters and policy monographs address new work systems, labor-management relations, negotiations, conflict resolution, organizational learning and change, public policy, economic development, and engineering systems.

“Learning and creation of knowledge are very special processes – helping people connect ideas in new, more constructive ways is one of the most rewarding things we can do.  I work hard to match the teaching methods to the material and the audience – with highly interactive methods in the teaching of negotiations, for example, and more of a self-directed, coaching approach to the teaching of doctoral students.”

 Gentz Franz, PhD Candidate

MHRIR, University of Illinois, School of Labor and Employment Relations. 
BA in Psychology, Murray State University

Gentz drives all alumni-related activities and coordinates all advancement initiatives at LER. In addition to securing philanthropic support to enhance the LER’s strategic vision, he also regularly assists alumni with networking, recruiting, and alumni relations opportunities.  He serves as the liaison between LER and the alumni base, ensuring that communication is open and that the association made as students is maintained as those students enter the workforce and become alumni.

 Cindy Guthrie, MS, SPHR

Cindy Guthrie is a professional development coach and consultant with thirty years experience in the Human Resources field.  She earned a bachelors and masters degree from Eastern Illinois University and has been certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources for ten years.  Ms. Guthrie has expertise in every aspect of HR, including policy development, writing handbooks, developing and implementing recruiting plans, creating compensation programs, and developing and delivering management development programs for both small- and large-sized companies.


Jenny Hoobler, Associate Professor, University of Illinois Chicago

Jenny Hoobler, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Managerial Studies at the University of Illinois Chicago.  She received her PhD from the University of Kentucky. She teaches Organizational Behavior at UIC and her areas of interest are human resource management, organizational behavior and women’s studies.  Her research is specialized in dysfunctional organizational behavior, family and work intersections, and gender and diversity in organizations.

Aparna Joshi, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Joshi has published in several leading journals including the Academy of Management Review, Personnel Psychology, and Journal of Organizational Behavior and is the co-recipient of the 2004 Ulrich-Lake Award for outstanding contribution to the Human Resource Management Journal.  Professor Joshi conducts research on work team diversity, gender issues at work, leadership and collaboration in global and distributed teams, generational issues in the workplace, and international and cross-cultural issues in HR.  A major focus of her research has been on identifying the boundary conditions shaping the relationship between team diversity and performance in organizational settings.

Michael LeRoy, JD, Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations and College of Law

Professor LeRoy’s recent research publications have focused on ADR topics such as cost allocation in mandatory arbitration awards.  In the labor field, he has examined the role of Taft-Hartley injunctions on national emergency disputes.  During the 2002 West Coast longshore labor dispute, he advised the President’s council on Economic Advisors. More generally, his empirical research has focused on permanent replacement strikes, expansion of the lockout doctrine, presidential regulations of private sector employment relationships, and nonunion employee representation groups.  His research has been cited by the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources (Senate Rep’t 105-12); U.S. Eighth circuit Court of Appeals; Minnesota Supreme court; Wall Street journal and New York Times.  Professor LeRoy’s most recent research interest is terrorism in the workplace.

Darren Lubotsky, Associate professor of Economics & IGPA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Darren Lubotsky has been a faculty member at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus since 2002, holding appointments in the Department of Economics and the School of Labor and Employment Relations.  In August 2008, he joined the IGPA faculty.  Dr. Lubotsky’s research is on the economic impact of social policy issues, particularly education and immigration.  He received his BA from Washington university in St. Louis and his PhD from the University of California-Berkeley in 2000.

Greg Puchalski, Vice president of Human Resources (Retired)

Gregory S. Puchalski, retired Vice president, Human Resources – Building Systems, USG Corporation was born in Chicago, Illinois.  He graduated from Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Geography.  He has also attended a number of Executive Education programs at Northwestern University.

Greg joined USG as a Compensation Analyst in the Corporate Office located in Chicago, Illinois.  In subsequent years, he was promoted to a series of increasingly responsible HR manufacturing assignments in a variety of USG’s field locations.

After transferring back to USG’s Chicago headquarters, Mr. Puchalski has held a number of Human Resources management and executive positions, both within the corporation and various subsidiary companies.  These assignments spanned several functional HR areas including Compensation, Employee Relations, Employment and Talent management.  he also played a leading role in a number of key USG acquisitions, beginning in the middle 1980’s.

In January 2008, Greg was promoted to a generalist assignment. In that role, he was accountable for providing HR guidance and counsel throughout the corporation.  He also leads the implementation of a wide variety of Human Resource programs, policies and procedures at USG’s field manufacturing and sales facilities located throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as staff departments in Chicago.

Outside USG, Mr. Puchalski is co-director for the University of Illinois Center for Human Resources Management.  He also serves on the Board of Advisors for a non-profit organization devoted to enhancing the lives of teenagers through disciplined martial arts training, academic tutoring and community service.

Greg resides in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Peter Thompson, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, Lecturer, Management Studies

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Peter Thompson is a Lecturer in the Department of managerial Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  His research interests include leadership, organizational culture, human resource practices and organizational psychology- especially as they apply to employee ownership.  He has taught a wide varietyof course at the university level, including human resource management, compensation, and organizational behavior, as well as finance, accounting, and strategy.  Prior to his academic career, Dr. Thompson worked in the financial service industry for 12 years as a financial analyst, corporate finance officer, and loan officer.

Mike Vescuso, PhD in Psychology

Mike Vescuso is a psychologist, HR executive & management consultant with more than 30 years of corporate and consulting experience helping organizations effectively manage the strategic, structural and cultural issues associated with large-scale organizational change.

Mike has led the design, planning, and implementation of corporate restructuring/downsizing, and corporate-wide WorkOut productivity & culture change initiatives for many companies including GE, MetLife, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Frito-lay, Kellogg Company, PG&E, Portal Software, Dell Computer, Brocade Communications, BMC Software, America West Airlines, Mobil Petro-Chemical, and Yellow Freight Corporation.
Mike holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.  He is an active member of American Psychological Association: Division 13 Consulting Psychology; Division 14 Industrial & Organizational Psychology.
Sandy J. Wayne, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, Professor & Director of the Center for Human Resource Management

Sandy J. Wayne is Professor of Management in the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and Director of the Center for Human Resource Management (CHRM).  Dr. Wayne received her Ph.D. in Management from Texas A&M University, and M.B.A. and B. S. Degrees from Illinois State University.  In addition to teaching human resource management courses at the undergraduate and graudate level, she has conducted projects for Allstate Insurance, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Caterpillar, FMC, Motorola, OSRAM Sylvania, and W.W. Grainger on a broad range of human resource management topics including performance mangegment, careers, leardership, sleection, empoyee commitment, and employee retention.


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