Dean James W. Hughes has announced the promotion of two Bloustein School faculty by the Rutgers University Board of Governors.
Carl Van Horn, Professor of Public Policy and Director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development has been promoted to the rank of Distinguished Professor, while assistant professor Andrea Hetling has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure.
“These promotions reflect years of stellar scholarship, teaching, and service to the Bloustein School, Rutgers, and the world outside the university,” said Dean Hughes. “Both of these promotions are well deserved and these two scholars reflect the high standards of research for which the Bloustein School is world renowned.”
Van Horn is a widely recognized expert on workforce development, human resources, and employment policy issues with extensive experience in public and private sector policymaking. He is also the founding director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, one of the nation’s leading academic centers on workforce policy and practice. A member of the Rutgers faculty since 1978, he is a member of the university’s graduate faculties of planning and public policy, management and labor relations, education, and political science. He has written over 90 articles and 15 books, including Working Scared (Or Not at All): The Lost Decade, Great Recession, and Restoring the Shattered American Dream and the fourth edition of Politics and Public Policy: Strategic Actors and Policy Domains. He is frequently sought by national media for his views on labor, workforce, and economic issues.
Van Horn has also held several senior level policymaking positions in government and universities. He has been Director of Policy for the State of New Jersey, Senior Economist at the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, and Chair of the Public Policy Department at Rutgers. Past board memberships include the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology, New Jersey Transit, the Amtrak Reform Commission of the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Special Arbitration Committee on Labor Protection for Amtrak Employees.
Hetling has been a member of the Bloustein School faculty since 2007. Her research interests are in the area of domestic social policies that target disadvantaged or marginalized groups. She is particularly interested in evaluating the implementation and outcomes of social programs designed to reduce poverty, inequality, and family violence. She has conducted quantitative and qualitative research on TANF (temporary assistance for needy families) time limits and diversion programs, the Family Violence Option, public opinion of welfare reform, and permanent supportive housing programs. Her work has appeared in various journals including Housing Policy Debate, the Journal of Social Policy, Social Science Quarterly, Social Service Review, and Violence Against Women. Dr. Hetling holds a number of leadership positions in the field of poverty research including appointments as an Editorial Advisory Board Member of the Journal of Children & Poverty and a Research Affiliate of the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan.