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William  Tyson

William Tyson

William Tyson
Associate Professor


Office: CPR 223
Phone: (813) 974 4778
Fax: (813) 974 6455



Dr. Tyson’s research focuses on gender and racial disparities in education with a focus on student- and institutional-level influences on high school and college science and math coursetaking and achievement, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degree attainment. Dr. Tyson has worked on several grants funded by the National Science Foundation. He is currently principal investigator of “Successful Academic and Employment Pathways in Advanced Technologies” ($1.2 million over 4 years). PathTech (for short) is a collaboration with Tampa Bay area high schools, community colleges, and technology small businesses to better understand pathways into AS degree programs and into the local workforce. This grant was the largest NSF grant awarded to USF in 2011, one of eight NSF grants over $1 million awarded to Florida universities, and the only $1 million grant awarded to an assistant professor at a Florida university. In total, Dr. Tyson has been awarded $2.2 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