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Joseph Martocchio named interim dean of labor school

7/5/2012 | Phil Ciciora, Business and Law Editor | 217-333-2177;

[ Email | Share ] CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Joseph Martocchio, a University of Illinois professor of labor and employment relations, has been named interim dean of the School of Labor and Employment Relations, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees at the July board meeting in Chicago.

Joseph Martocchio
Jospeh Martocchio | Photo courtesy School of Labor and Employment Relations

A member of the Illinois faculty since 1989, Martocchio (pronounced mar-TOTCH-ee-oh) is the author of numerous scholarly articles, and has written two textbooks in the fields of compensation and employee benefits.

Martocchio’s current research focuses on human resources issues, including compensation, training, absenteeism and generational dynamics in the workplace.

In 1996, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology honored Martocchio with the Ernest J. McCormick Award for distinguished early career contributions. He is a fellow of the society, and also of the American Psychological Association.

In addition to his teaching and research duties, Martocchio serves as a Provost Fellow, where he undertakes projects on strategic human resource issues for the campus. He previously served as the associate dean for academic affairs and director of degree programs for the School of Labor and Employment Relations.

Martocchio replaces Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, who was the dean of the School for six years. Cutcher-Gershenfeld will return to the faculty to work on a grant from the National Science Foundation on stakeholder alignment for 21st-century institutions.

“Having worked closely with him in his role as Provost Fellow, I have considerable respect for Interim Dean Martocchio, and full confidence in his ability to provide astute and strategic leadership for LER in the coming year,” said Richard Wheeler, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost of the Urbana campus.

Martocchio earned master’s and doctoral degrees in human resources management from Michigan State University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in organizational behavior from Babson College.

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