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Vernon Jensen (July 10, 1907 September 27, 1998) was a founding faculty member of Cornell's New York State School of Industrial
and Labor Relations.
A graduate of Brigham Young University (BS '32), Jensen worked as a substitute teacher in Salt Lake City after college before
leaving to pursue graduate study at the University of California at Berkeley (PhD '39). Shortly before completing his
degree, Jensen began teaching at the University of Colorado. He taught at UC from 1937 to 1946, during which time he also
served as a consultant to the National Defense Mediation Board (1941) and a public panel member, mediator and arbitrator
for the National War Labor Board (1942) and Wage Stabilization Director of the NWLB's Ninth Region (1942-1944).
Jensen was among the founding faculty of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, joining Cornell in 1946. Jensen became
Associate Dean of the ILR School in 1965 and was elected to Cornell's Board of Trustees in 1973. In addition to
numerous articles, Jensen wrote four books, Lumber and Labor (1945), Heritage of Conflict (1950), Collective Bargaining
in the Nonferrous Metal Industry (1955), and Hiring of Dockworkers and Employment Practices in the Ports of New York,
London, Liverpool, Rotterdam, and Marseilles (1964).
See the Cornell University Faculty Memorial Statement for Professor Vernon Jensen: http://hdl.handle.net/1813/18668