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School of Labor & Employment Relations University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Teresa Cardador

Associate Professor

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243 LER Building, 504 E. Armory Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820


PhD, Organizational Behavior, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MPH, Health Policy and Administration, University of California at Berkeley
BA, Psychology, University of California at Berkeley (Phi Beta Kappa)

Research Interests

“What makes work worth doing? Under what conditions do workers come to experience a sense of significance and purpose in their work? What role does personal and collective identity play in this process? These questions are fundamental to my program of research.

Grounded in theories of meaningful work, identity and identification, my research centers on how individuals make sense of, and experience meaningfulness in, the work that they do. I am particularly interested in the role that professions, occupations and organizations, as well as internalized orientations towards work (e.g., callings), play in the experience of meaningful work. I also examine how individuals construct meaning in relationship to helping others through their work. In examining these issues, I investigate the correlates and potential outcomes of meaningful work.”


LER 591 Employment Relations Systems
LER 567 Negotiations in HR Decisions
BADM 313 Human Resource Management
BADM 310 Management and Organizational Behavior