Tate named AERA fellow

William F. Tate, PhD, the Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor in Arts & Sciences and chair of the Department of Education in Arts & Sciences, has been named a fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in Washington, D.C.

Tate is one of 31 scholars named by the AERA for 2011 “in recognition for their exceptional scientific or scholarly contributions to education research or significant contributions to the field through the development of research opportunities and settings,” the organization says.

Tate was inducted April 9, at the AERA annual conference in New Orleans. He presented a paper to the conference titled Epidemiology and Education Research: Dialoging about Social Disparities.

“It is a tremendous honor to be selected by your colleagues as an important contributor to research in the field,” Tate says. “I am motivated to continue my scholarship as well as working to build the capacity of others interested in doing research.

“I feel a real obligation to support the advancement of social science as part of efforts to better understand education and human development broadly defined.” 

His research and development efforts focus on social determinants of mathematics, engineering, technology and science attainment and disparities; and adolescent development and health. His investigations have explored how the geographic contours and sociological dimensions of community influence opportunity and access.