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Clayton State Professor and Alumnus Attend LERA PhD Consortium

Jun 04 2015

On May 29, Clayton State University Assistant Professor of Management Dr. Leon Prieto, and recent psychology graduate Xavier Smith attended the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) PhD Student Consortium in Pittsburgh.

Prieto served as a panelist for a discussion entitled “Job Market, Publishing, and Emergent Career Concerns.” Smith attended a discussion on “Fissured Work and Organizations: Reports from the Field,” led by New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse.

Serving as panelists along with Prieto were Dr. Matthew Bidwell (Associate Professor of Management at Wharton School of Business), Dr. Ryan Lamare (Assistant Professor of Labor Relations at Penn State University) and Dr. Simone Phipps (Assistant Professor of Management at Middle Georgia State College). The panel presented to an audience of 25 doctoral students mostly from Cornell, Wharton, MIT, University of Toronto and Rutgers. According to Prieto, the goal of the panel discussion was to provide the doctoral students with job search, career, and research advice as they navigate the world of academia.

Greenhouse talked about some of the challenging work experiences of immigrants in “fissured organizations.” He encouraged doctoral students to consider this important topic as part of their research agenda.

“Being able to talk with PhD. students has opened me up to a new world,” says Smith. “It has allowed me to tap into the `secret world’ of Ivy League grad schools, which has showed me the tools necessary to be a successful scholar in Human Resources and Industrial Relations and conduct cutting edge research about major HR and labor issues facing American and migrant workers.”

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