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Department of Sociology

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William F. Tate IV

Title: Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs
Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Family and Preventive Medicine
Department: Sociology
College of Arts and Sciences
William Tate


William F. Tate IV is the provost and executive vice president of academic affairs at the University of South Carolina. He holds the USC Education Foundation Distinguished Professorship with appointments in Sociology and Family and Preventive Medicine (secondary appointment). Prior to joining the University of South Carolina faculty, he served as dean and vice provost for graduate education at Washington University in St. Louis, where he held the Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professorship in Arts & Sciences. Before serving at Washington University in St. Louis, he held the William and Betty Adams Chair at TCU and served on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Tate is a past president of the American Educational Research Association, where he was awarded fellow status. In addition, he was elected to the National Academy of Education. Tate earned his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he was a Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow. He continued on to the University of Wisconsin at Madison as an Anna Julia Cooper Post-doctoral fellow in social policy. He completed a second post-doctoral training program in the Department of Psychiatry—Epidemiology and Prevention Group at the Washington University School of Medicine, where he earned a master’s degree in psychiatric epidemiology (MPE).


Tate’s research concentrates in four areas: (1) human capital development in STEM fields; (2) epidemiological models and geospatial applications with a focus on adolescent and child development and health outcomes; (3) social development of youth in the context of metropolitan communities; and (4) stratification.

Selected Publications:

Hogrebe, M. & Tate, W. F. (2019). Residential segregation across metro St. Louis school districts: Examining the intersection of two spatial dimensions. AERA Open.

Purnell, J. Q., Goodman, M., Tate, W. F., Harris, K. M., Hudson, D. L., Jones, B. D…Gilbert, K. (2018). For the sake of all: Civic education on the social determinants of health and health disparities in St. Louis. Urban Education, 53(6), 711-743.

Tate, W. F. & Hogrebe, M. (2018). Show Me: Diversity and isolation indicators of spatial segregation within and across Missouri’s school districts. Peabody Journal of Education, 93, 5-22.

Tate, W. F. & Jones, B. (2017).  Anonymity no more: Seeing our neighbors in Ferguson and the implications for social policy. Educational Researcher, 46(5), 211-222.

Plunk. A.D., Agrawal, A., Harrell, P. T., Tate, W. F., Will, K. E., Mellor, J. M., & Grucza, R. A. (2016). The impact of adolescent exposure to medical marijuana laws on high school completion, college enrollment and college degree completion. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 168, 320-327.

Plunk, D. A., Agrawal, A., Tate, W. F., Cavazos-Rehg, P., Bierut, L. J., & Grucza, R. A. (2015).  Did the 18 drinking age promote underage high school drinking? Implications for current policy, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 76(5), 680-689.

Tate, W. F. [Ed.] (2012).  Research on schools, neighborhoods, and communities: Toward civic responsibility. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Frierson, H. and Tate, W. F.  (Eds.) (2011).  Beyond stock stories and folktales: African Americans paths to STEM fields.  United Kingdom: Emerald Press.

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