SUU Business Professor to Sit at the Oxford Round Table

Published: November 26, 2003 | Author: Renee Ballenger | Read Time: 2 minutes

Dr. Gerald Calvasina, associate professor of management at Southern Utah University, has been invited to sit at the esteemed Oxford Round Table of the University of Oxford in England. Only 35 individuals from across the globe are chosen for this high honor each year.

The 2004 Round Table, commencing March 14-April 19, will be devoted to the contemplation of employment rights and duties of both the employer and the employee, including issues like affirmative action, health insurance, privacy in the workplace, paid family leave, discipline and dismissal, and, sexual harassment. Discussions will make specific references to American and European legislation and court decisions.

Calvasina, who has been teaching at SUU for the past four years, is an expert in human resources management. He has also taught at the Universities of North Carolina and Mississippi, and consulted with numerous professional organizations. He has written countless authoritative papers dealing with issues of the field; he has won the International Conference Distinguished Research Award from Allied Academies, twice.

Invitations to the Round Table are sent to selected persons throughout the world. These individuals are identified through several screening processes, by nomination, and recognized leadership and scholarly qualities. Past membership to the Round Table has included members of Parliament, governors of states in America, and CEOs of international corporations.

The Oxford Round Table convened for the first time in August 1989 to consider major issues in contemporary educational policy with the objective of promoting human advancement and understanding through the improvement of education. Calvasina will be presenting a paper at the Round Table, titled, “Title VII and Third Party Sexual Harassment: The Customer s Not Always Right." He explains that this subject is one of the emerging areas of liability for employers, and one that law journals have been addressing to some extent. “Litigation in this area is on the increase,” Calvasina states. “I try as much as possible to focus my research on issues that I can use in the classroom so that I can keep my students as current as possible on the issues.”

Calvasina’s participation in the Oxford Round Table will span a week, March 14-19, 2004.

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