Category Archives: Research support

Special thanks to special people

I’ve been blessed to have a number of terrific SJU students assisting me with the work of wrangling all of the institutional data, databases, and contact information needed to make this project run. They work behind the scenes — and you’ll see them credited in the “People” area of the site — but today is the end of the administrative “academic year” and marks some changes in the group, so I wanted to give them each a personal thank you and a public shout-out.

Danny Phelan (’22) is leaving the project after working this year (a) developing the database of community college contacts, and (b) assisting with the search for publicly available living wage policies at four-year institutions. Thank you and good luck, Danny!

Heather L. Jones (’22) soon starts an internship for the rest of this summer and plans to rejoin the project in the fall. This year, Heather has been working on the search for publicly available living wage policies at four year institutions for the past year. Thank you, Heather, and I look forward to working with you again this fall!

Maggie Koch (’22) is continuing with the project this summer to complete the search for publicly available living wage policies at four year institutions, as she’s been doing for the past year. Thank you, Maggie, I’m delighted that you are available and able to work this summer!

This past academic year I’ve been on research sabbatical dedicated to this project, and I simply couldn’t have covered this much ground without their support. Thank you!

In addition, Vraj Thakar (’22) is working with me this summer researching living wage policies posted on publicly available websites as part of SJU’s Summer Scholar Program. While I’ve been surveying and interviewing CHROs at community colleges, Vraj has been completing the collection of publicly available policies on community college websites. Vraj is at about the halfway point of his project, and it’s been a pleasure working with him. 

Warmly, Ken

Good news

This’ll be brief, because….it’s about me (and the project).

I’m happy to report that I’ve been granted a research sabbatical for the 2019-2020 academic year by Saint Joseph’s University. My proposal sought the time and support to continue and accelerate the pace of the Living Wage Policy Study beyond that which would be possible during a regular academic year. Thank you to SJU and my colleagues there for this awesome support!

In other news, it’s conference proposal season right, which must mean spring  isn’t far away (and spring break too!). I’ll reporting on upcoming conference presentation news as I received acceptances, and other developments as they occur.