Cornell University

August 5 2005

ILR Announces New Associate Dean of Outreach

Susanne BruyereITHACA, NY - Susanne M. Bruyère, Director of the Employment and Disability Institute (EDI) at Cornell University in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR), Extension Division, has been named Associate Dean of Outreach, Dean Harry Katz has announced. Bruyère's three-year term began August 1.

"I am pleased to announce that Susanne Bruyère has become the ILR Associate Dean of Outreach," Dean Katz said.  "In this capacity, Susanne will provide strategic guidance to the ILR's Extension Division, marketing and communication efforts, and other ILR outreach activities."

Katz added, "Susanne has done a marvelous job building a dynamic program through EDI, which she founded.  I look forward to drawing on Susanne's many talents to expand and improve the ILR School's activities in the arenas of policy and practice."

As Associate Dean of Outreach, Bruyère is responsible for, in collaboration with the dean, the strategic direction and programming efforts of the school's many outreach activities.  These activities include programs, centers, and institutes that provide training, research, technical assistance, and consulting for employers and employees around New York State, the nation, and the world. 

The ILR School, established in 1944 by the New York State Legislature, is devoted entirely to the study of workplace issues and has approximately 50 resident faculty members.  In addition, more than 50 extension faculty members annually serve over 30,000 workers, managers, union officials, and government and labor relations professionals throughout New York State and beyond.  ILR's Extension offices are located in New York City, Buffalo, Rochester, Albany, as well as on the main campus in Ithaca.

"This is a very exciting time for ILR, and I am delighted and honored to be able to work with Dean Katz and the School's many outstanding faculty and staff to contribute our expertise and resources to addressing contemporary workplace issues in the U.S. and globally,"  said Bruyère.

Bruyère is currently is Director of EDI, which advances knowledge, policies, and practices that enhance the opportunities of people with disabilities in all aspects of life through projects, educational activities, research, publications, and technical assistance. She is also Project Director and a Co-Principal Investigator (PI) of numerous research efforts in EDI. (Bruyère will continue as Director of EDI, dividing her time between Associate Dean and EDI Director responsibilities.  This will enable her to maintain her role as a principal investigator on a number of employment and workplace policy research projects.)

Two of her current projects include Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (RRTC) funded by the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), the RRTC for Economic Research on Employment Policy for Persons with Disabilities and the RRTC on Disability Statistics and Demographics.  She also served as Project Director and PI of several employment disability nondiscrimination studies -- a four-year Research and Demonstration project in collaboration with the Society for Human Resource Management on ways to improve the employment practices covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); a Mary E. Switzer Distinguished Research Fellowship to conduct a comparative study of employer practices under the ADA and the Disability Discrimination Act in Britain; and a study of federal agency equal employment and human resource practices for people with disabilities funded by the Presidential Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities (U.S. Department of Labor). 

Bruyère holds a doctoral degree in Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Masters degrees in: Rehabilitation Counseling, University of Southern California; Public Administration, Seattle University; and Adult Education, Seattle University.  She is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association, and Past President of the Division (22) of Rehabilitation Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA), the National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE), and the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA). Susanne currently serves as a Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) Representative to the American Psychological Association Council of Representatives, the current Chair of GLADNET (the Global Applied Disability Research and Information Network on Employment and Training), and on the CARF (an international rehabilitation facility accreditation organization) Board of Trustees.

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