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Kim Cordingly, Ph.D.

Bio for JAN staff member Kim Cordingly

Kim Cordingly

Lead Consultant – Self-Employment Team

Dr. Cordingly is a Lead Consultant with the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), a free consulting service funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. Kim began working at JAN in 1985 and currently leads the self-employment team. In this role, she provides individualized technical assistance and support to individuals with disabilities who are interested in entrepreneurial options such as self-employment, microenterprise development, home-based businesses, customized self-employment and non-profit development. In addition to providing direct services, Kim presents nationally on these topics as well as conducting research and writing publications. She also edits the JAN Blog.


Kim earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from West Virginia University. In 2007, she graduated with a Ph.D. in geography from WVU with specializations in economic restructuring and work; spatial and place-based approaches to disability and health; women and entrepreneurship; and qualitative research methods. Kim is a faculty associate with WVU's Center for Women’s and Gender Studies and participates in professional organizations in her field with a particular interest in the intersection of social identities in everyday life.