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

Becky Barker

Assistant Dean

149B LER 504 E. Armory Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820


MS, Leisure Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998
BS, Program Management/Leisure Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996


Responsible for all aspects of Student Services at the school, including but not limited to: marketing and recruitment of students, coordinating the LER Open House and developing program brochure content. Becky is also responsible for the admissions process, new student orientation and graduations for both MHRIR and PhD students, academic monitoring, creating the LER course schedule, and assigning research assistants and LER committee members. She is the advisor for Labor and Industrial Relations Association (LIRA) and the LIRA Minority Students Association student groups.


Employed at Illinois since 1996
1998-1999—Retail Supervisor–Joint Venture with IUB and DIA to handle all althletic merchandising at U of I Athletic events
1996-1998 Graduate Assistant in Department of Leisure Studies, College of Applied Life Studies
10 years in the service industry prior to joining the university full-time which included managing the Illini Inn for three years

Personal Interests

Avid sports watcher, especially Illini basketball (from C section seats) with husband and son, and Cubs baseball at Wrigley