Center of Mexican American Studies
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Pedro Reyes

ProfessorPh.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professor and Ashbel Smith Chair in Education Policy
Pedro Reyes



Social Organization of Schools; Conditions Fostering High Academic Success for Children of Poverty; and the Stratification of Learning Opportunities for Children of Color.


Pedro Reyes was named Associate Vice Chancellor for Planning and Assessment effective January 15, 2003. Pedro Reyes was Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Education Policy at The University of Texas at Austin, where he also holds an appointment in the Department of Sociology. He received his Ph.D. in 1985 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been a member of the faculty at Texas since 1991. He has a combined twenty years of teaching experience in public schools and higher education and won a major award for his graduate teaching.

As a social scientist, Dr. Reyes writes on the subject of the social organization of schools, particularly about the conditions fostering high academic success for children of poverty and the stratification of learning opportunities for children of color. He has raised several million dollars in research funding from The Spencer Foundation, The Annenberg Foundation, the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Foundation, the Texas Education Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Houston Endowment, Inc., The Brown Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education, among others.

Dr. Reyes is the author of Teachers and Their Workplace: Commitment, Performance, and Productivity, and co-author of Lessons from High Poverty High Performance Schools: Creating Learning Communities. In addition, he has authored approximately seventy-five articles, book chapters, monographs, reviews, and presented more than fifty papers at national academic conferences. His research has appeared in such journals as Educational Administration Quarterly, The High School Journal, Journal of Educational Research, and the Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. He was Editor of the Book Review Section of Educational Researcher; Associate Editor of the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education; and, reviewer of many other scholarly journals.

Dr. Reyes was the 30th president of the University Council for Educational Administration, which is a national consortium of 70 major research universities in the U.S. and Canada advancing the knowledge base in educational administration. He received the prestigious National Academy of Education Spencer Fellowship. He has served on numerous national committees to review the quality of university programs, such as the Ohio Board of Regents Review for Education Programs. He has advised the Ford Foundation on program evaluation for the urban partnerships program.

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