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Personal Profile of Professor William Tate IV

Professor William Tate IV
Dean and Vice Provost

Home Page: https://education.wustl.edu/people/william-f-tate
William F. Tate IV is the Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. He currently serves as Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education. Tate’s research program has focused on the social determinants of mathematics attainment and social stratification. He served on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he was a senior researcher at the NSF funded National Institute for Science Education working in the area of systemic reform and policy studies. He served as a member of Mathematical Sciences Education Board at the National Research Council. His co-edited book project titled, Research and Practice Pathways in Mathematics Education: Disrupting Tradition captures his interest in connecting researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to improve opportunity to learn in mathematics education. Tate has a particular interest in STEM attainment. Ongoing research projects include understanding the distal and social factors that predict STEM doctoral degree attainment defined broadly to include highly quantitative social sciences disciplines (e.g., economics). His co-edited book titled, Beyond Stock Stories and Folktales: African Americans’ Paths to STEM Fields captures the direction of this research program. For over a decade, his research has focused on the development of epidemiological and geospatial models to explain the social determinants of educational attainment as well as health and developmental outcomes. He served as a member of For the Sake of All research team, a multi-disciplinary group that is studying the health, development, and well-being of African Americans in the St. Louis region. His book project titled, Research on Schools, Neighborhoods, and Communities: Toward Civic Responsibility reflects his interest in the geography of opportunity in metropolitan America. Tate is an elected member of the National Academy of Education and Sigma Xi, and is past president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), where he was awarded fellow status. In 2017, Insight Into Diversity Magazine presented him with its Inspiring Leader in STEM Award. In 2020, an Education Week study ranked him one of the ten most influential sociologists in the field of education. He earned his Ph.D. in mathematics education with a cognate in human development at the University of Maryland, College Park. He completed the post-doctoral training program in the Department of Psychiatry at the Washington University School of Medicine, where he earned a master’s degree in psychiatric epidemiology.
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Educational Advisory Committee Apr 01, 2020 Jun 01, 2021