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Willis D. Hawley

Former Dean of the School of Education, University of Maryland, Professor Emeritus of Education & Public Affairs, University of Maryland

Beloved husband, father, activist, and ERS board member Willis D. Hawley (Bill) passed away on Wednesday, November 17th of natural causes, at his home in Bethesda, Maryland, surrounded in love. Read more about Bill’s life and legacy here.  


Donate to the Willis Hawley Education Excellence & Equity Fund  

Contributions in celebration of Dr. Hawley’s memory can be made here.  


Dr. Hawley joined the faculty at the University of Maryland in 1993 and his research and teaching interests include education policy, professional development, school improvement, and intergroup relations. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, he served as a Scholar in Residence at the American Association of School Administrators and Executive Director of the National Partnership for Excellence and Accountability in Teaching. Dr. Hawley has also served as Dean of the College of Education at the University of Maryland, Professor of Education and Political Science at Vanderbilt University, and Dean of Peabody College at Vanderbilt.

Dr. Hawley holds his Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley and has published a number of books, articles, and reports.  He is currently working on book with Corwin Press entitled First Things First: Quality Teaching in Your School.

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