Bio for Mary Haywood Metz



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Professor Mary Haywood Metz

Professor Emerita of Educational Policy Studies

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Department of Educational Policy Studies
208 Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53706

Doctoral Degree:

University of California at Berkeley, Ph.D. Sociology, 1971.

Academic Areas of Interest:

Sociology of Education, School Organization, Teaching as an Occupation, Ethnographic Research, Effects of Social Class Context on Schooling.

On-Campus Affiliations:

Affiliate, Institute for Research on Poverty.

Honors and Awards:

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education  Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award, 2006.
  • Spencer Foundation Mentoring Grant (unsolicated honor).
  • Kent Fellowship.
  • Woodrow Wilson Fellowship.
  • German Academic Exchange Commission Fellow.
  • Phi Beta Kappa.

Current and Recent Professional Activities:

  • EPS Department Chair, 1991-1994, 2003-2005.
  • Director, School of Education Research Training Program, 1996-2000.

Offices Held in National Professional Associations:

  • American Sociological Association 
    Chair, Willard Waller Committee, Sociology of Education Section, 1999-2000 (Appointed); 
    Nominating Committee, Sociology of Education Section, 1987-1988, 1990-1991 (Appointed);
    Chair, Sociology of Education Section, 1985-1986 (Elected).
  • American Educational Research Association
    Chair, Sociology of Education Special Interest Group, 1999-2001 (Elected);
    Member Executive Board, 1992-1994;
    Member-at-Large of the Association Council, 1991-1994 (Elected);
    Member of the Professional Development and Training Committee, 1989-1992 (Appointed).

Editorial Board Memberships:

  • Series in Sociology of Education, Teachers College Press, 1992-2005.
  • American Educational Research Journal, 1999-2002. 
  • Sociology of Education, 1998-2002. 
  • Youth & Society, 1993-1997.

Advisory Boards:

  • Spencer Foundation
    Fellowship Advisory Board, 2005-2006;
    Small Grant Advisory Board, 2001-2002;
    Participant, Workshops for Doctoral Research Training Grant Leaders, 1996-2000.

Current Research Projects:

Symbolism in the No Child Left Behind Law and its effects.

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