As an interdisciplinary program, the Human Resources and Labour Relations program draws on a variety of professors and tutors from across the university.
The core human resource and labour relations faculty are:
Dr. Bob Barnetson is an professor of labour relations and also director of the Human Resources and Labour Relations program. He has taught for Athabasca University since 2004 and previously worked for a trade union, the Alberta Labour Relations Board and the Alberta Workers' Compensation Board. Bob's research interests include workplace injury and child labour.
Dr. Susan Cake is an assistant professor in human resources and labour relations. Susan has been with Athabasca University since 2020 and prior to joining AU, Susan was a worker advocate specializing in the areas of Occupational Health and Safety, Workers’ Compensation Systems, and Pensions. Susan’s current research interests include union relevance and renewal, government workplace policy and regulations, and child care.
Dr. Jason Foster is an associate professor in human resources and labour relations. He has been with Athabasca University since 2000, first as a tutor and more recently as a full-time faculty member. Formerly Jason was the Director of Policy Analysis at the Alberta Federation of Labour. Jason’s current research interests include temporary foreign workers in Canada, union renewal and revitalization, diversity in trade unions, and narrative construction of work-related issues.
Dr. Ingo Schmidt is an associate professor of labour studies.
Dr. Bruce Spencer is a professor emeritus of labour relations.
Dr. Eric Strikwerda is an associate professor of history.
Updated August 18 2021 by Students & Academic Services