UMass Boston

Areas of Expertise

Employment policy and practices for people with disabilities, Workforce development for people with disabilities, Transition from high school to adult life for students with disabilities 


PhD, Rehabilitation and Special Education, Boston College
MBA Business Administration/Health Care Management, Boston University
MA, Rehabilitation Counseling, Boston University

Additional Information

William E. Kiernan is the dean of the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development (SGISD). He has served as a content expert for state, federal, and international governments in the areas of employment policy and practice for people with disabilities. Kiernan is also the former director of the Institute for Community Inclusion, a research and training institute housed within SGISD.

Kiernan has more than 130 publications about employment, school inclusion, and transition from school to adult life for people with disabilities, and has been the director on over $100 million in grants. These grants have addressed research in employment policies, procedures, and practices; training in rehabilitation counseling; and vision rehabilitation.

Kiernan has served on numerous national and international panels addressing systemic change in the employment of people with disabilities. He has been a member of several national boards, serving as president of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, as well as of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.