A professorship in labor relations, endowed this year by a generous gift from David M. Cohen ’73 and Abby Joseph Cohen ’73, will be held by Ariel Avgar, Ph.D. ’08.
ILR’s Senior Dean for Outreach and Sponsored Research, Avgar focuses his research on better understanding the consequences of conflict for employees and employers, and on exploring the role that employment relationship factors play in the industry. health care. Widely published, Avgar was featured in a Cornell Chronicle story about the Cornell Tech-Weill Cornell Medicine-ILR team researching how to elevate home care workers.
Cohen, a master negotiator and leading labor advisor in national and New York City roles in multiple industries, has served the school for decades as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council, guest lecturer, faculty research supporter and student mentor. , among others, the foundation said. it is an additional way of repaying his debt of gratitude to ILR.
“The school needs great faculty to teach great students,” Cohen said in April when he announced the professorship at the school’s annual alumni celebration, where he received the Judge William B. Groat Award. “This new professorship will allow the school to recruit and retain top talent and expand the size of the faculty focused around the areas in our field that have been so important in my career.”
Alexander Colvin, Ph.D. ’99, ILR’s Kenneth F. Kahn ’69 Dean and Martin F. Scheinman ’75, MS ’76 Professor of Conflict Resolution, said, “Throughout his long and distinguished career, David Cohen has exemplified relationship professionalism of work we seek to prepare our students for ILR. Professor David M. Cohen will reinforce and strengthen our continued ability to be the leading institution in the country and the world in the field of labor relations. Ariel Avgar is the ideal inaugural holder of this professor.”
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