Susan J. Schurman

Susan J. Schurman

BIOGRAPHY:
For 24 years, Susan J. Schurman is Distinguished Professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations and Dean of the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey. From 1997-2007 she served as the founding president of the National Labor College. She received BA and MA degrees from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan where she served as Director of the Labor Studies Center and Research Investigator in the School of Public Health. She is a past president of the United Association for Labor Education and was recently re-elected to a second term as president of the International Federation of Workers’ Education Associations. She is also a board member of the Labor and Employment Research Association. Her research and teaching focus on workers’ rights, collective representation and quality of life.
STATEMENT:
I have been an active member of IFWEA’s Executive since 1992 (with a term off between 1997 and 2001) and a Vice President. Since 2007 I have served as President. During my presidency we have successfully sought to expand IFWEA’s membership among the most active worker education organizations in the Global South while retaining the support of major Trade Unions’ and Worker Education Associations in the Global North to develop the solidarity and education programs required to support workers’ efforts to organize globally in the face of the neoliberal economic and political program. The important ground work for this effort has been laid. I would like to serve another term as president to help guide the work further. I am stepping down as Dean of the School of Management and Labor Relations and as Dean of the University College Community as of August 1, 2015. After a year’s sabbatical during which I will devote considerable effort to IFWEA, I will return to the Labor Studies faculty and continue this work. I ask for your vote for the next term of office