John C. Weidman is Professor of Education and Sociology, University of Pittsburgh, USA. He was Chair, Department of Administrative and Policy Studies, 1986-93 and 2007-10; and Director, Institute for International Studies in Education (IISE), 2004-07. His visiting appointments include Guest Professor at Beijing Normal University in China (2007-12), UNESCO Chair of Higher Education Research at Maseno University in Kenya (1993), and Fulbright Professor of the Sociology of Education at Augsburg University in Germany (1986-87). He has worked on comparative education management, finance, reform, strategic planning and policy analysis projects in Indonesia, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Mongolia, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and Uzbekistan. Results from this work have been published in journals, edited books, and research monographs. He is co-editor of the Pittsburgh Series in Comparative and International Education (PSCIE) from Sense Publishers and the electronic journal, Excellence in Higher Education, launched in 2010 in cooperation with the Consortium of Indonesian Universities-Pittsburgh (KPTIP).


Selected Projects of Note

  • Decentralized Basic Education 2 Project (DBE2), funded by USAID, 1 August 2006-30 September 2010 (with Clementina Acedo, Maureen McClure, and W. James Jacob, $794,316).
  • Team Leader, Assessment of Pre-University Education in Kosovo (funded by USAID), May-June 2009.
  • Assistance to Basic Education Project (ABE-BE), funded by USAID, 1 October 2006-30 September 2008 ($525,000).
  • Educational Quality Improvement Project 2 (EQUIP2), funded by USAID, 1 July 2004-31 March 2006 ($433,118)
    “Management Capacity Development in Natural Resources and Environmental Programs at Moi University in Kenya,” funded by USAID, 4/03-9/04 (with Macrina C. Lelei, $124,000).
  • Institutional Strategic Planning Expert, Pennsylvania Consortium (University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania State University, Lincoln University), Tertiary Education Linkages Project (TELP IIa and IIb), funded by USAID, 1999-2002.

Recent Publications

  • Adiya, Enkhjargal and John C. Weidman. “Gender Equity in Higher Education in Mongolia.” Chapter in John C. Weidman and W. James Jacob (Eds.), Beyond the Comparative: Festschrift in Honor of Rolland Paulston. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers, forthcoming, 2011.
  • Lelei, Macrina C. and Weidman, John C. “Education Development in Kenya: Enhancing Access, Equity, Quality and Relevance.” Chapter in Clementina Acedo (Ed.), “Quality” in Education Reforms. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers, forthcoming, 2011.
  • Weidman, John C. “Doctoral Student Socialization for Research.” Pp. 45-55 in Susan K. Gardner and Pilar Mendoza (Eds.), On Becoming a Scholar: Socialization and Development in Doctoral Education. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, 2010.
  • Weidman, John C. and Yoder, Brian. “Policy and Practice in Education Reform in Mongolia and Uzbekistan during the First Two Decades of the Post-Soviet Era.” Excellence in Higher Education, 1 (2010): 57-68. Available  Click Here.
  • Lee, Eun Kyung and Weidman, John C. “Finance of Public Community Colleges in U.S. Higher Education: The Case of CCAC.” Higher Education, 154 (2008): 99-103 (Korean language).
  • Weidman, John C. and Adiya Enkhjargal. “Corruption in Higher Education.” Pp. 63-88 in David P. Baker and Alexander W. Wiseman (Eds.), The Worldwide Transformation of Higher Education. International Perspectives on Education and Society, Volume 9. Bingley, UK: JAI Press, Emerald Group Publishing, Ltd., 2008. This volume received the “Best Book Award for 2010” from the Comparative and International Education Society’s Higher Education Special Interest Group (HEDSIG).
  • Weidman, John C. “Globalization of Korean Higher Education.” Pp. 222-228 in Insight into Korea, edited by The Korea Herald. Seoul, Korea: Herald Media, 2007 (originally published in The Korea Herald, 30 July 2007, p. 4).
  • Weidman, John C., Regsuren Bat-Erdene, and Erika Bat-Erdene. “Schooling in Mongolia.” Pp. 233-257 in Gerard A. Postiglione and Jason Tan (Eds.), Going to School in East Asia, Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007.

Substantive Areas

  • Capacity Building and Public Sector Reform


  • Asia (Southeast, China, India)

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