Dr. Sara Haviland studies the social, policy, organizational, and individual factors that affect work and careers. She is particularly interested in how educational interventions and career development can improve individuals’ opportunities for movement into higher socioeconomic statuses. Her interests include workforce development and training, higher education, the healthcare workforce, new economy jobs, and research methods. Her work incorporates multiple methods, combining qualitative and quantitative data to produce findings that are disseminated to academic, policymaker, and practitioner audiences.
Prior to joining EERC, Dr. Haviland worked at the UNC Institute on Aging as a Project Manager for the U.S. branch of the multinational Workforce Aging in the New Economy Project (funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada). 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 Jobs to Careers Program (funded by Robert Wood Johnson and the Hitachi Foundation). Prior to these projects she served as research staff for the evaluation of a workforce development program that sought to develop the nursing assistant workforce and increase the skills of managing nurses (WIN A STEP UP).
Since arriving at EERC, Dr. Haviland has focused her research and evaluation work on efforts to create or enhance career trajectories through the community college and workforce development systems. Past projects include the Adult College Completion project (funded by the Lumina Foundation) which examined the use of One Stop centers to encourage adult college completion as a workforce development tool, and the evaluation of the pilot Community Health Worker Project (funded by the NJ Department of Labor) that sought to train unemployed workers to become community health workers. Dr. Haviland currently serves as Co-Principal Investigator on evaluations for two Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grants aimed at the expansion of the advanced manufacturing workforce, and a grant aimed at creating multistate longitudinal data exchange (funded by WICHE). She also serves on the steering committee for the Carework Network, an international organization of care work researchers, policymakers, and advocates.
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.