My name is Ken Weidner. I’m an assistant professor of management at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia (since 2000) . This blog will provide updates on my research into living wage policies in American higher education, and will also include resources and links to news and research on living wage policies in general.
This journey started in 2015 when I mentored Liz Sohmer for her Summer Scholars research project at SJU. Liz wanted to know whether American colleges and universities had implemented living wage policies. We were both surprised how few institutions had done so. Liz’s research led to a conference presentation of our results, which led me to conduct more research, and another conference presentation….here we are.
You can learn more about the Living Wage Policy Study; a good place to start is here. In the Project area you’ll also find a set of FAQs. I also welcome questions and inquiries about the project. You can provide feedback on the website here. Chief Human Resource Offices can indicate interest in participating in the study here. Finally, my most recent blog posts can be found just below this welcome note.
Thank you for your interest in my work.
More good news. I’ll be presenting “This Justice In: Updated Results From the Living Wage Policy Study” at the 2018 AASHE Conference & Expo in Pittsburgh October 2-4 (the presentation is Wednesday, October 3 at 11:30 am in Convention Center 317). I’m delighted because AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, aashe.org) is a rapidly growing organization centered on higher education, and brings together everyone from students to staff to academics, all acting on their commitments to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that inspired the theme to this year’s conference, “Global Goals: Rising to the Challenge.”
Additionally, AASHE informed me that my presentation proposal “A Primer on Living Wage Policies and Just Employment” has been accepted for presentation in a poster session at the same conference (Expo/poster session area 2:30-4:30 pm, also on Wednesday October 3). I’m excited because the poster session will serve as an introductory to these issues, and that means that I can begin at a more intermediate level – and provide more time to work with participants – during my session presentation.
My engagement with AASHE began in October 2016 with my first AASHE conference presentation (with Elizabeth Sohmer in Baltimore), and put me on the path toward this project.
If you’re attending AASHE, or would like to connect in Pittsburgh, please drop me a note!
Updated July 12 with presentation date and time
Today I received word that my presentation proposal “When is it Time for a Living Wage Policy?” has been accepted for presentation to the 2018 CUPA-HR Annual Conference, in Indianapolis October 7-9. I’m delighted because CUPA-HR (College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, cupahr.org) is vibrant organization drawing HR professionals from across the spectrum of public and private higher education institutions. My presentation time is 11 am on Monday October 8; if you are attending CUPA-HR, please stop by. I hope to see you there.
Thank you to everyone who participated in my AASHE webinar, Socially Sustainable: Living Wage Policies in American Higher Education, on Wednesday (Feb 21 2018), especially to AASHE for the opportunity to report some of the preliminary results from phase 1 of the Living Wage Policy Study.
While I’ve taught online graduate courses for several years, this was my first webinar – on any subject – and I enjoyed learning about the process. Special thanks to AASHE Education Programs Manager Daita Serghi who was terrific to work with and makes it look easy.
In my experience, writing and presenting material in depth helps me attain clarity about what I know and what I don’t know, and preparing for this presentation was no exception.
The webinar and presentation materials are available to AASHE members on the AASHE Campus Sustainability Hub. A video of the webinar is viewable here or click the title slide below.
I’m conducting a webinar called for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
Socially Sustainable: Living Wage Policies in American Higher Education
February 21 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST
Register at: http://www.aashe.org/calendar/living-wage-policies/
I hope to see you there.