The School of Labor and Employment Relations at Illinois (LER) is a premier program in human resources and industrial relations. Through education, research and corporate partnerships, we are shaping the world’s workforce.
Here’s a look back at our accomplishments in
Now in its second year, the LER online master’s degree extends internationally to HR professionals and future leaders. The program has expanded to over 40 students.
22 new students enrolled this fall
7.5 average years of HR experience
LER continues to make progress on the project to transform our learning space. This year we pledged to replace the building’s air system and windows for greater energy efficiency. Architects are currently proposing final designs. We’d like to thank PepsiCo for meeting our dean’s challenge with their corporate match, and moving their naming to a larger gift: the PepsiCo Lobby.
$926,000 raised toward our $1.5M gift goal
In the 2015-2016 school year, our faulty continued to earn recognition for their achievements, from national awards to campus honors for teaching excellence.
We also welcomed three new experts to our faculty this year:
During the 2015-2016 school year, LER reworked the role of the assistant director for Career and Student Services to have a focus on our international population. Jason Boys was soon hired for the position and has hit the ground running.
- Visited Shanghai to meet with alumni and potential employers for students
- Represented LER at a career fair organized by U.S. Universities' China Officers
- Worked towards providing personalized services on campus for international students
Every year, LER faculty conducts cutting-edge research to help solve workplace issues.
- Workplace stress sparked by incivility manifested through email
- YoungAh Park
- Should the minimum wage be raised?
- Andrew Weaver
- 'Mobilization fatigue' leads to diminishing returns for labor-backed voter turnout drives
- Ryan Lamare
- Young workers hit hardest by recession
- Eliza Forsythe
- Weighing in on the NFL appeal victory
- Michael LeRoy
High Placement Rates
Illinois graduates were highly sought by employers, from high-tech firms to Fortune 100 companies.
94% of domestic grad employed full-time by July
100% of domestic intern candidates placed by July
$77,310 average salary Top employers: Amgen, Boeing, PepsiCo
Multinational corporations invested in Illinois graduates and the future of HR. Fall 2016 was our busiest recruitment season yet.
42 active employers
684 individual interviews
$105,000 given in scholarships from Boeing, BP, Eaton, Emerson, General Mills, McKesson, PepsiCo, Phillips 66, Shell and ExxonMobil Corporation
Alumni make valuable connections to bring the best students to the School of Labor and Employment Relations.
Just one example: when current LER student Amanda Robertson attended a graduate school fair as an undergraduate at Michigan, she connected with two alumnae who shared their experiences of moving to Illinois for their graduate studies. Read Amanda’s story.
Donors help LER provide an unmatched experience for students.
JR Glenn, Joe Martocchio, Joe Mies, Erin Mowery Mies and Nell Madigan are just a few who have given generously to LER this year.
Thank you to all our donors for your continued support.