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398: The Path to Equity: Inclusion in the Kingdom of Liberal Arts with Dr. Bill Coplin

Dr. Bill Coplin is an award-winning professor and founder of the undergraduate Policy Studies major at the top ranked Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. As a social innovator, Coplin is committed to transforming high school and college education into a well-rounded experience that promotes professional skill development for real-world application.

Throughout his tenure, Coplin has dedicated his 65-year career to education reform across academia and for the public through teaching, advising and consulting. He is the J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence at the Maxwell School and College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University. He advises nearly a million undergraduates and alumni and brings his experience as a consultant for local government agencies to his mentees. In addition, Coplin has received grants from the Sloan Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, and the National Science Foundation in support of his research and educational programs.

Coplin started his career as a full-time professor at Wayne State University in 1964, and quickly became Associate Professor three years later to then be tenured the following year in 1968. Prior to becoming a full time-professor at Syracuse University at 36-years-old, Coplin focused on academic research and publications. He has since released 110 books and articles across varying fields from education to geo-political international relations to corporate citizenship such as ‘doing good.’ He has written articles on education in USA Today, the Albany Times Union and for Knight-Ridder publications, as well as educational websites for Newsweek magazine and the Wall Street Journal.


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