He holds a doctorate in counselor education and supervision, a master of arts degree in rehabilitation of persons who are blind, and a master of arts degree in speech pathology and audiology. He served for 12 years as a faculty member and later program director of blind rehabilitation at Cleveland State University, 14 years as chairperson of the Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies at Western Michigan University, two years as senior associate dean, and three years as dean of the Graduate College at Western Michigan University. His credentials include certification as an orientation and mobility specialist (COMS) and certification as a rehabilitation counselor (CRC).
Wiener is a former president of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, the national professional organization in the field of blindness.
He has served as the chairperson of the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, as a board member of the Disability Resource Center of Western Michigan, as a member of the Board of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education, as a member of the board of the Consortium for the Educational Advancement of Travel Instruction, as a member of the board of the Wisconsin Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, and as a trustee of the American Foundation for the Blind.
Dr. Wiener has served as coordinator of the Michigan Council of Graduate Deans and currently is serving as president-elect of the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools. He regularly presents at the annual and summer meetings of the Council of Graduate Schools and serves as a program reviewer for that organization as well as a consultant-evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission.
Dr. Wiener is the author of more than 50 articles, including serving as editor of the textbook used in most of the university programs in visual impairment. He has authored articles on such varied topics as independent travel for persons with disabilities, ethics, audition, distance education, and due process for graduate students. Dr. Wiener has also been active in grant writing, with awards and sub-awards from the Department of Education, the National Science Foundation and the Veterans Administration.
In 1996, he was the recipient of the Lawrence E. Blaha Award for outstanding contributions to the field of orientation and mobility for people who are blind. In 1996 and again in 2002, he was the recipient of the Newcomer-Hill Orientation and Mobility Service Award. In 2002 he was honored by the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students for his contributions to that organization. In 2003, he was awarded the Jim Neubacher Lifetime Achievement Award from the Disability Resource Center of Southwest Michigan. In 2004, Wiener earned the Ambrose Shotwell Award, the highest honor in his discipline, for contributions to the field of blindness and low vision.