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Will Tyson, Ph.D. - PathTech PI

Dr. Will Tyson

Dr. William Tyson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of South Florida. 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 course taking and achievement, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degree attainment. Dr. Tyson is principal investigator of “Successful Academic and Employment Pathways in Advanced Technologies” (NSF #1104214) or PathTech. PathTech is a collaboration with Tampa Bay area high schools, community colleges, and local businesses in the technology sector to better understand pathways from high schools and the workforce into AS degree programs and into the local workforce.

PathTech is a 4 year, $1.2 million grant, the largest NSF grant awarded to USF in 2011. PathTech was one of eight NSF grants over $1 million awarded to Florida universities, and the only $1 million NSF 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 serves on the editorial board of Sociology of Education and has published and reviewed for several international sociology and education journals. Dr. Tyson teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in race and ethnicity, sport in society, sociology of education, and sociology of higher education.


Kathryn Borman, Ph.D. - Former PathTech Co-PI

Kathryn Borman, Ph.D.

Dr. Kathryn Borman is a Professor Emerita, Anthropology, University of South Florida. Dr. Borman has extensive experience in educational reform and policy as well as evaluation studies. Dr. Borman’s program of research focused on including groups that are underrepresented in science, mathematics, engineering and technology, namely minority students, females, and urban populations, implementing a science professional development program for elementary teachers to increase science achievement, and understanding STEM pathways to post-secondary education. She conducted a replication and efficacy randomized control trial of a professional development program that focused on science inquiry practice and equity, empowerment, and exploration for the students that changed how teachers teach and how students learn science. Dr. Borman also trained graduate students in mixed method designs and analysis.


Edward Fletcher, Ph.D. - PathTech Quantitative Researcher

Edward Fletcher, Ph.D.

Dr. Edward Fletcher is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Adult, Career and Higher Education, College of Education at the University of South Florida. His research agenda focuses on understanding the role and impact of career and technical education programs at all levels: high school, undergraduate, and graduate level. Accordingly, his research agenda is divided into three distinct, yet interrelated, domains: 1. High School Reform - studying the impact of participation in high school career and technical education reform initiatives on schooling experiences and outcomes in adulthood; 2.Uundergraduate Teacher Education - examining the influence of career and technical education (specifically business education) undergraduate teacher preparation programs at equipping teacher candidates with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to be effective teachers; and, 3. Graduate Education - exploring the status, structure, and curricula of career and technical education graduate programs and related student outcomes.


Chrystal A.S. Smith, Ph.D. - PathTech Project Manager

Chrystal A.S. Smith, Ph.D.

Chrystal A. S. Smith, Ph.D. holds the position of Postdoctoral Scholar. She received her doctorate in Applied Anthropology from the University of South Florida. She also has an M.A.A. in Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland, College Park and M.P.H. with an emphasis on Epidemiology from the University of South Florida. Her research interests include social influences on education pathways of minority students and factors influencing the advancement of STEM women faculty. She is also interested in links between education and health among minority, immigrant, and low income communities in the United States.