Profile: Sara Haviland

Senior Research Analyst


Dr. Sara Haviland is a Senior Research Analyst at the Education and Employment Research Center, Rutgers University. Her research focuses on the social, policy, organizational, and individual factors that affect work and careers. Her interests include workforce development and training, the healthcare workforce, low wage work, workforce aging, new economy jobs, risk in the new economy, and research methods. She has presented both nationally and internationally on these topics.

Prior to joining EERC, Dr. Haviland worked at the UNC Institute on Aging as a Project Manager for the U.S. branch of the Workforce Aging in the New Economy Project, a multinational project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada through its Initiative on the New Economy Program. This program investigated the changing dynamics of aging and its effects on the job experiences of workers in the IT sector. She also served as an early Program Manager for the UNC evaluation of the Robert Wood Johnson and Hitachi Foundation’s Jobs to Careers program. Prior to these projects she served as research staff for the evaluation of the WIN A STEP UP program (Workforce Improvement for Nursing Assistants: Supporting Training, Education, and Payment for Upgrading Performance), a workforce development program funded through the state of North Carolina that sought to develop the nursing assistant workforce and increase the skills of managing nurses.

At EERC, Dr. Haviland serves on two projects that evaluate workforce development policies and programs. In this role, she studies policy and adult learner access issues, working on an interdisciplinary team that includes policy, political science, and public health scholars. The Adult College Completion project (funded by the Lumina Foundation) examines the use of Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds to encourage adult college completion as a workforce development tool. The Community Health Worker Project evaluation (funded by the NJ Department of Labor) examines a pilot program to train unemployed workers to become community health workers and place them in community health jobs.

Dr. Haviland holds both a Doctorate and Masters in Sociology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Theory and Ethics from Oglethorpe University.

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