Ronald Seeber

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Ronald Seeber

Professor and Associate Dean, ILR School
Cornell University Vice Provost for Land Grant Affairs
Associate Director, Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution
Labor Relations, Law, and History

Overview

Ron Seeber is a Senior Vice Provost at Cornell University and a Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations. He received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University in 1975. He attended the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, from which he received his A.M. (1977) and Ph.D. (1981).

As Senior Vice Provost, he is responsible for the social science infrastructure units, which support social scientists across all the colleges and include the Survey Research Institute, the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research, the Institute for Social Sciences and the Institute for Advancement of Economics. He also works with the Provost to oversee and advance social science and management science initiatives across the colleges.

In 2005 Professor Seeber was appointed the Vice Provost for Land Grant Affairs. He continues in that role by serving as the coordinator of the four New York State Contract Colleges at Cornell, and represents the University in its dealing with the State University of New York and the state government. In addition, his office supports the broader land grant mission of the University in all of the colleges. The ROTC programs on campus also report directly through Dr. Seeber to the provost.

Professor Seeber was appointed to the faculty at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University in 1980, and became the Associate Dean and Director of Extension in 1987, a position in which he served until the end of 1999. He is also an Associate Director of the Martin and Laurie Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution.

Professor Seeber has taught and conducted research on a wide variety of topics related to labor-management relations, negotiations and dispute resolution. He is the author or editor of seven books and monographs on labor relations and dispute resolution, as well as numerous scholarly articles and book chapters.

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Ronald Ehrenberg, Kevin Hallock, Ronald Seeber, Kenneth T Whelan. 2012. Adverse Selection and Incentives in an Early Retirement Program, Research in Labor Economics. 36:159-190.
  • David Lipsky, Ronald Seeber, James Ryan Lamare. 2010. The Arbitration of Employment Disputes in the Securities Industry, Dispute Resolution Journal. 65(1):12; 54-61.
  • Ronald Seeber, David Lipsky. 2005. The Transformation of the Social Contract in the U.S. Workplace and the Emergence of New Strategies of Dispute Resolution, Human Resources and Employment Review.
  • Ronald Seeber, David Lipsky. 1999. What We Know and Don’t Know About Mediation, Business Law Today.
  • Ronald Seeber, Mary Lehman. 1989. The Union Response to Employer-Initiated Drug Testing Programs, Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal. 2(1).
  • Ronald Seeber, William Cooke. 1983. The Decline in Union Success in NLRB Representation Elections, Industrial Relations. 22
  • Ronald Seeber, Mollie Bowers, Lamont Stallworth. 1982. Grievance Mediation: A Route to Resolution for the Cost Conscious 1980s, Labor Law Journal. 33

Books

  • David Lipsky, Ronald Seeber, Richard D. Fincher. 2003. Emerging Systems for Managing Workplace Conflict: Lessons from American Corporations for Managers and Dispute Resolution Professionals. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2003. (406 pp.)(Published)(Book, Scholarly)
  • Lois Gray, Ronald Seeber. 1996. Under the Stars: Essays on Labor Relations in Arts and Entertainment. Ithaca NY: ILR Press, 1996. (Published)(Book, Scholarly)
  • Ronald Seeber. 1994. Restoring the Promise of American Labor Law (co-editor). Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press, 1994. Sheldon Friedman, Richard W Hurd, Rudolph A Oswald, Ronald Seeber. (Published)(Book, Scholarly)
  • Ronald Seeber. 1993. Research in the Sociology of Organizations: Special Issue on Labor Relations and Unions (co-editor). Greenwich CT: JAI Press, 1993. Samuel Bacharach, Ronald Seeber, David Walsh. (Published)(Book, Scholarly)
  • Ronald Seeber, E Edward Herman, Alfred Kuhn. 1987. Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations. Englewood Cliffs NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1987. (Published)(Book, Scholarly)

Book Chapters

  • David Lipsky, Ronald Seeber, . 2009. Social Capital and the Labor Movement. in New Directions in the Study of Work and Employment: Revitalizing Industrial Relations as an Academic Enterprise. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2009. Charles J. Whalen. (89-109)(Published)(Book Chapter)
  • David Lipsky, Ronald Seeber. 2006. Managing Organizational Conflicts. in The Sage Handbrook of Conflict Communication. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2006. John G. Oetzel and Stella Ting-Toomey. (359-390)(Published)(Book Chapter)
  • David Lipsky, Ronald Seeber, Lavinia Hall. 2004. An Uncertain Destination: On the Development of Conflict Management Systems in U.S. Corporations. in Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Employment Arena. New York, NY: Kluwer Law International, 2004. Samuel Estreicher and David Sherwyn. (109-151)(Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Ronald Seeber, Kate Bronfenbrenner, Sheldon Friedman, Richard Hurd, Rudolph Oswald. 1997. The Context for Organizing Research. in Organizing to Win. Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press, 1997. Kate Bronfenbrenner, Sheldon Friedman, Richard W Hurd, Rudolph Oswald, Ronald Seeber. (Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Ronald Seeber, Lois Gray. 1995. Looking Ahead: The Future of Labor Relations. in Under the Stars: Essays on Labor Relations in Arts and Entertainment. Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press, 1995. (Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Ronald Seeber, Lois Gray. 1995. Under the Stars. in Under the Stars: Essays on Labor Relations in Arts and Entertainment. Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press, 1995. (Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Ronald Seeber, Sheldon Friedman, Richard Hurd, Rudolph Oswald. 1994. The Context for the Reform of Labor Law. in Restoring the Promise of American Labor Law. Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press, 1994. Sheldon Friedman, Richard Hurd, Rudolph Oswald, Ronald Seeber. (Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Ronald Seeber. 1991. Trade Union Growth and Decline: The Movement and the Individual. in The State of the Unions. Madison WI: Industrial Relations Research Association, 1991. George Strauss, Jack Fiorito, Dan Gallagher. (Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Ronald Seeber. 1987. Agricultural Machinery. in Collective Bargaining in American Industry: Selected Studies. Boston MA: D.C. Heath, 1987. David Lipsky, Cliff Donn. (Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Ronald Seeber. 1987. Internal Organizing for Political Action. in Union Power in the Future. Ithaca NY: ILR Labor Studies Program, 1987. Ken Gagala. (Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Ronald Seeber. 1983. Union Organizing in the Manufacturing Sector, 1973-1976. in Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations. Greenwich CT: JAI Press, 1983. David B Lipsky, Joel M Douglas. (Published)(Book Chapter)

Book Sections

  • Kate Bronfenbrenner, Sheldon Friedman, Richard Hurd, Rudolph A Oswald, Ronald Seeber. 1998. Organizing to Win: Introduction. in Organizing to win: New research on union strategies. Ithaca NY: ILR Press, 1998. K Bronfenbrenner, S Friedman, R Hurd, R Oswald, R Seeber. (1-15)(Published)(Book Section)

Conference Proceedings

  • David Lipsky, Ronald Seeber, Ariel C Avgar, Rocco M. Scanza. 2007. Managing the Politics of Evaluation: Lessons from the Evaluation of ADR Programs. in Proceedings of the Fifty-Ninth Annual Meeting. Champaign, IL: Labor and Employment Relations Association, 2007. (116-129)(Published)(Conference Proceeding)
  • David Lipsky, Ronald Seeber. 2004. Dispute Resolution in the Changing Workplace. in Proceedings of the Fifty-Sixth Annual Meeting. Champaign, IL: Industrial Relations Research Association, 2004. (Published)(Conference Proceeding)
  • Ronald Seeber, David Lipsky. 2004. The Social Contract and Dispute Resolution: The Transformation of the Social Contract in the U.S. Workplace and the Emergence of New Strategies of Dispute Resolution. in Regulation, Deregulation and Reregulation: The Scope of Employment Relations in the 21st Century, Proceedings of the 11th Annual Conference of the International Employment Relations Association. 2004. Geoff White, Susan Corby, Celia Stanworth. (Published)(Conference Proceeding)
  • David Lipsky, , Michel Picher, Ronald Seeber. 2001. The Arbitration Profession in Transition: Final Report to the National Academy of Arbitrators. in Proceedings of the Fifty-Third Annual Meeting. Washington, DC: The Bureau of National Affairs, 2001. Steven Briggs. (Published)(Conference Proceeding)
  • David Lipsky, Michel Picher, Ronald Seeber. 2000. The Arbitration Profession in Transition: Preliminary Results from a Survey of the National Academy of Arbitrators. in Arbitration 1999--Proceedings of the Fifty-Second Annual Meeting, National Academy of Arbitrators. Washington, DC: Bureau of National Affairs, 2000. Jay E. Grenig and Steven Briggs. (241-264)(Published)(Conference Proceeding)
  • David Lipsky, Ronald Seeber. 1999. The Growth of Alternative Dispute Resolution in U.S. Employment Relations: Privatizing the American System of Justice. in The Yearbook on Work and Technology 1999-2000. Bonn: Dietz, 1999. (162-167)(Published)(Conference Proceeding)
  • Ronald Seeber. 1990. The Labor Education / Industrial Relations Nexus: Challenges and Opportunities. in Proceedings of the Forty-Second Annual Meetings of the Industrial Relations Research Association. Atlanta GA: Industrial Relations Research Association, 1990. (Published)(Conference Proceeding)

Professional Activities

  • Arbitrating Employment Disputes in the Financial Services Industry: An Analysis of the Experience, 1988-2008. Presented to Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution. Ithaca, NY. 2010.