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

Ed Hertenstein

Assistant Professor & Co-Director

Labor Education Program
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223 LER Building, 504 E. Armory Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820


PhD, Labor & Industrial Relations, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000
MA, Labor & Industrial Relations, University of Illinois, 1998
BS, Labor Studies, Indiana University – South Bend, 1996

Professor Hertenstein teaches computer use to union members across the state of Illinois. Other teaching interests include labor history and collective bargaining. His research has been published in Labor Studies Journal and Dispute Resolution Journal.

On Choosing LER

“I originally came to the school as a student because I was offered a labor fellowship. Later classes and research opportunities confirmed my original choice. My choice to remain here as a faculty member was influenced by LER’s status as a top research institution, coupled with the opportunity to teach labor union members. There aren’t very many competing facilities which offer the opportunity to both be a labor educator and do top-flight research.”

Research Interests

Distance learning technology as applied to labor education
Goal orientation as a predictor of labor education outcomes
Coalition building among labor, community and religious groups, and government bodies