Rutgers Professor Named Losey Award Winner

By Kathy Gurchiek Nov 20, 2015
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Susan E. Jackson, professor of management and labor relations at Rutgers University, is the winner of the Michael R. Losey Human Resource Research Award. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation announced the award recipient on Nov. 20, 2015, at SHRM’s annual Volunteer Leaders’ Summit in Washington, D.C.

The $50,000 award is named in honor of Losey, who served the HR profession for more than 45 years. He was president and CEO of SHRM from 1990 until his retirement in 2000. The award recognizes HR academics or experts whose research significantly advances the field of HR management. Losey was in attendance for the presentation.

Jackson is a Distinguished Professor of Human Resource Management at Rutgers and has master’s and doctorate degrees in organizational and social psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from the University of Minnesota.

During her nearly 30-year career, she has conducted research on various HR issues and has been published in more than 150 scholarly articles. Her primary areas of expertise for teaching and scholarship include managing for environmental sustainability, work-team diversity and strategic HR management systems.

She is the co-author or editor of a number of books, including Managing Human Resources for Environmental Sustainability (Jossey-Bass, 2012), Managing Human Resources (South-Western College Pub, 2011) and Managing: A Competency-Based Approach (Cengage Learning, 2007).

Before joining the Rutgers faculty, Jackson was at New York University, the University of Michigan and the University of Maryland, where she taught courses related to the challenge of effective workplace management.

Her work has been cited more than 43,000 times, said Elissa O’Brien, SHR-SCP, SHRM’s vice president of membership, during her introduction of Jackson.

“None of my work would have been possible without the full engagement and support of dozens of seasoned HR professionals who understood and appreciated the inherent value of empirical research,” Jackson said in a news release.

During the awards ceremony, Jackson talked briefly about a strategic HRM model that she and a colleague developed. She urged HR professionals to use research consortia to answer big HR questions and to partner with local academics, and advised SHRM chapter leaders to help their members identify research needs “and facilitate the formation of a research consortia” made up of local academics.

“We’re cheap, compared to consultants,” she joked.

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