Weiland is a professor in the graduate program in Higher,
Adult, and Lifelong Education (in the College of Education)
of the Jewish Studies Program (in the College
of Arts and Letters) at Michigan State University. He
has degrees from Brooklyn College of the City University
of New York (B.A. in English, 1964) and the University of
Chicago (PhD in English, 1968).
to his appointment at Michigan State, he held faculty and
administrative positions at the University of Michigan,
the University of Cincinnati, the University of Iowa, and
the University of Minnesota. For much of his career, Professor
Weiland taught in departments of English and American Studies.
At the University of Minnesota, where he taught courses
in literature and the history of psychology (at the Institute
for Child Development) he was Director of the Department
of Professional Development Programs. He also spent nine
years as Executive Director of the National Federation of
State Humanities Councils, a non-profit organization serving
the state programs of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Weiland primary interests are in the intersections of the
humanities and the social and behavioral sciences in the
subjects of adult development and aging, biography and other
forms of narrative inquiry, and in research methods, rhetoric,
and writing. He teaches courses in adult learning (EAD
861 and EAD 961), adult career development (EAD
864), and qualitative research methods (TE
931). He is planning new courses in life history and
biography in education, and in rhetoric and writing. His
course in careers will also be offered (beginning in Spring
2002) as part of the College's
online MA Program. Beginning in August 2002 Professor
Weiland will coordinate activities of the College's research
training project funded (through 2007) by the Spencer Foundation.
He serves on the College's committees focusing on the online
MA program and on the Center for the Scholarship of Teaching.
Weiland is the author of Intellectual Craftsmen: Ways and
Works in American Scholarship and of many essays on subjects
in the humanities and education, and he is the co-author
of Keywords of Social Gerontology and co-editor of Jazz
in Mind. He is at work on The Scholar's Tale: Life Stories
and Intellectual Identities and Heritage and Task: Jewish-American