Dr. Richard Wellen

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Contact: rwellen@yorku.ca





Associate Professor
Business and Society Program / Department of Social Science
York University, Toronto, Ontario
Ph.D. Social and Political Thought, York University, Toronto 1993
M.A. Social and Political Thought, York University, Toronto 1984
B.A. Philosophy, Tufts University, Medford, MA, USA,1980
About my work:
I have a long history at York University where I earned my PhD and taught in several different departments, learning first-hand why York has often prided itself on being the "interdisciplinary university." Above all, I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to link my research and policy interests to my teaching in a way that I hope has been inspirational and helpful to students.

Since 2001 I have been a faculty member in York's Business and Society program in the Department of Social Science. Our program specializes in the critical interdisciplinary study of business. My earlier research as a social and political theorist and my later engagement as a higher education union activist have combined to shape my current interests in the area of critical policy studies.

In recent years I have written on a number of topics related to higher education, including student finance, student consumerism, university policy-making and governance, intellectual integrity, and changing models of scholarly communication. My current research deals with the regulatory and policy dilemmas of the digital economy.

I have an extensive background in academic union work, including service on numerous Executive and bargaining commitees representing teaching assistants, contract faculty, "regular" faculty and librarians at York University. I am currently a member of the University Governance Committee of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) which has produced several reports and organized conferences on the challenges of preserving collegiality and a meaningful level of faculty participation in Ontario's university governance institutions.