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William  Tyson

William Tyson

William Tyson
Associate Professor


Office: CPR 237
Fax: (813) 974 6455



Dr. Tyson’s research examines interpersonal and structural influences on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational and career pathways out of high schools, community colleges, and four-year universities. Dr. Tyson is currently Principal Investigator of the NSF ATE funded project, PathTech LIFE: A National Survey of LIFE (Learning, Interests, Family, and Employment) Experiences Influencing Pathways into Advanced Technologies (NSF #1501999, 3 years, $778,031). The goal is to conduct a national survey of community college students in advanced technology fields to better understand factors that influence matriculation and progress toward completing coursework, certificates, and degrees. The primary focus is on how traditional and non-traditional age students balance work-family-school obligations.

PathTech LIFE is a follow-up to Successful Academic and Employment Pathways in Advanced Technologies (NSF #1104214, 4 years, $1.2 million) or “PathTech.” PathTech Tampa Bay was a collaboration with Tampa Bay area high schools, community colleges, and technology small businesses to better understand high school career and technical education as well as pathways into AS degree programs and into the local manufacturing and technology workforce. In total, Dr. Tyson has been awarded $3 million in external funding as a principal investigator and co-principal investigator and an additional $3 million as senior personnel. Dr. Tyson teaches courses in race and ethnicity, sport in society, and sociology of education.


Ph.D., Duke University, 2004

Graduate Students

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