2014 William A. Sandridge Lecture Announcement

ImageThe VAE Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Dr. William M. Rodgers III will give the 2014 William A. Sandridge Lecture March 20 at Roanoke College.

Currently Rodgers is a Professor at Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and Chief Economist at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development.

Rodgers’ spent time in Virginia when he was the Frances L. and Edwin L. Professor Cummings of Economics at the College of William and Mary.

The following is an excerpt from Rodgers’ profile on the Bloustein School’s webpage:

William M. Rodgers III is Professor of Public Policy and chief economist at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. He is a member of the graduate faculty of Rutgers’ School of Management and Labor Relations, and a senior research affiliate of the National Poverty Center, University of Michigan. In 2006, he was elected to the membership of the National Academy of Social Insurance. He is Co-Chair of the Academy’s 2010 Conference, “Lessons from a Bad Economy for Jobs, Retirement, and Health Security.” From November 2009 to January 2010, Rodgers served on President Obama’s Department of Labor Transition Team.

Locally, Professor Rodgers is Vice Chair of Montgomery Township’s Planning Board and Board Chair of Somerset County’s United Way. At the state level, he served on Acting Governor Codey’s pensions benefits review task force and currently is a member of Governor Corzine’s commission on government efficiency and reform. At the regional level, Rodgers is a member of the United Way of America’s Regional Operating Council.

Prior to coming to Rutgers, Rodgers served as chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor from 2000-2001, appointed to that position by Alexis Herman, U.S. Secretary of Labor. At the time of his appointment, he was the Frances L. and Edwin L. Professor Cummings of Economics at the College of William and Mary.

Professor Rodgers’ research examines issues in labor economics and the economics of social problems. Building on his edited volume, Prosperity for All (Russell Sage Foundation) and studies published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Center for American Progress, and the Upjohn Institute, he is comparing the benefits of the most recent economic expansion to previous expansions, with a particular focus on the income of minority and disadvantaged workers. Professor Rodgers’ most recent book, The Handbook on the Economics of Discrimination, published by Edgar Elgar was selected by Choice, the review journal of the American Library Association, as an “Outstanding Academic Book for 2006”. His current research on racial inequality includes a study on the economic status of the New Jersey’s minorities, and pieces in the National Urban League’s State of Black America and American Prospect’s Special Issue, The Color of Opportunity.

Rodgers’ expertise is frequently called upon by journalists for articles in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Financial Times, U.S.A. Today, Business Week, and other publications. He has been a guest on NBC’s Meet the Press, CNN’s Your Money, CNBC’s Squawk Box, and CNNfn and many radio talk shows. His policy work includes testifying before the New Jersey Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee, New Jersey State Labor Committee, Joint Economic Committee, U.S. Congress, the Joint Sub-Committee Studying the Status and Needs of African American Males in Virginia, and serving as a consultant for the state of Virginia, the Joint Center for Economic and Political Studies, and the AFL-CIO.

Rodgers serves on numerous boards. He is a Past President of the National Economic Association and is currently a member of the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Minorities in the Economics Profession, and runs the Association’s mentoring program that seeks to increase the numbers of minorities that obtain economic doctorates. Rodgers is a member of Marc Morial’s National Urban League Council of Economic Advisors and a member of the Center for American Progress’ Academic Advisory Board.

ImageIn addition to regular appearances on CNBC to discuss labor market issues, Rodgers was recently a part of a special on the “Great Divide” with CNBC’s Steve Liesman and NYU Stern School of Business’ Peter Henry. You can watch that special here.

You can find Rodgers’ blog here.

You can follow Rodgers on Twitter @WMRodgersIII

We hope that you will attend the 2014 VAE annual meeting, including the banquet in which we will hear Bill talk to us about the labor markets.

Undergraduate poster session at the 2014 meeting

The VAE is excited to announce the innaugeral undergraduate poster session at the 2014 meeting at Roanoke College.

In the past, two sessions have been reserved for undergraduate presentations. Due to the increase in applications from undergraduates, we have decided to change the format from two separate student presentations to one large poster session. This should generate more traffic to each undergraduate’s work, provide a less stressful presentation environment, and foster a greater sense community for our young presenters.

The online submission form will be modified to reflect this change. Undergraduates will only be asked to submit the title of their project.

We look forward to seeing you in Salem in March.

The VAE Board of Directors