Paul F. Gerhart is a Professor of Labor and Human Resource Policy in the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He teaches human resources management and courses in general negotiation and alternative dispute resolution. His previous positions include Assistant Professor at the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana; and Visiting positions at Zhejiang University, Singapore Institute of Management, University of Glasgow, Cornell University, University of Chicago, Catholic University (Leuven), Arbetslivcentrum (Stockholm), and University of Otago. Publications include two books, two edited volumes on arbitration and a number of articles in scholarly and practitioner journals.
Gerhart is an active labor arbitrator and member of the National Academy of Arbitrators of the U.S. and Canada. He is past Chair of the NAA Research Committee, the Ohio-Kentucky Region and International Studies Committee when he edited a study of employee privacy rights published in the Comparative Labor Law Journal (Fall 1995). Gerhart has served as arbitrator for Coal Industry labor disputes in Alabama, Ohio, West Virginia, Illinois, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico. In addition he has served as permanent impartial arbitrator in a variety of industries, and as employment arbitrator for the University of Minnesota.
He is also on the national labor panels of the U. S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and the American Arbitration Association, and in that capacity has been appointed to over 1100 labor disputes as a neutral arbitrator. He currently hears and decides 20 - 25 labor disputes per year. Gerhart has held industrial relations staff positions at Texas Instruments (Dallas); the Pennsylvania Railroad (Philadelphia) and the Lebanon Steel Foundry (Lebanon, PA), and before completing his studies worked as an underground iron ore miner (Bethlehem Steel, Morgantown, PA), assembler in a boiler factory (Cleaver-Brooks, Lebanon, PA) and as a construction laborer (Princeton, NJ).
His hometown is Lebanon, PA in the heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Gerhart has been awarded the PhD in Business from the University of Chicago, Booth Graduate School of Business; MBA from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School; and AB in Economics from Princeton University.