Purdue North Central
Chancellor, Purdue University North Central
James Dworkin began his education with a bachelor's in economics (high honors) in 1970, followed by a master's in industrial relations the next year, both from the University of Cincinnati. He earned a PhD in industrial relations from the University of Minnesota in 1977.
Coming to Purdue University in 1976, Dworkin spent 23 years at Purdue's Krannert Graduate School of Management, serving as assistant professor from 1976-81, associate professor from 1981-88, and professor from 1988-99.
His administrative experience at Purdue began as director of Krannert's master's in human resource management program from 1983-89, associate dean of the Graduate School from 1987-89, and both associate dean of the Krannert Graduate School of Management and School of Management from 1989-99 and as acting dean of the schools in July 1999.
He has been chancellor and professor of management at Purdue North Central since 2000.
Dworkin has taught negotiations and dispute resolution and collective bargaining and labor relations courses at the undergraduate, master's, executive master's, and PhD levels. He has served as an arbitrator, mediator, and fact-finder for a variety of labor-management disputes in the public and private sectors of the economy.
He has published over 50 articles and two books in the field of industrial and labor relations. One of his books, Owners versus Players: Baseball and Collective Bargaining, was chosen as one of the ten best books in industrial relations and labor economics in 1981. He also serves on the editorial board of three professional journals in the field of industrial relations. He continues to be active as an arbitrator, mediator and fact-finder for a variety of disputes in the public and private sectors of the economy. Currently his research focuses on arbitration, mediation and labor relations in professional sports.
Dworkin serves as a board member for Horizon Bank, Barker Civic Center Commission, United Way of LaPorte County, the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, the Northwest Indiana Forum, the Quality of Life Council of Northwest Indiana, and the LaPorte County Economic Development Corporation. He is also a member of the Indiana Society of Chicago, the Union League Club of Chicago, and the Rotary Club of Valparaiso. In November 2000 he was inducted into the National Academy of Arbitrators. He is active in the American Association of State Colleges and Schools and serves as a member of their Commission on the Rural/Regional Agenda and Committee on the Undergraduate Experience. He is the Chicagoland Conference Representative to the Council of Presidents of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
Jim and his wife, Nancy, reside in Chesterton. They have two children: a son, David, and a daughter, Sarah. Jim is also the proud grandfather of two granddaughters, Allison and Abigail.