Ph.D., Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Ashbel Smith Professor in Education Policy
Office & Hours
Office: O' Henry Hall 312
By appointment only.
Courses of Instruction
EDA 388L: Education Politics and Policy: This course focuses primarily on education policy and politics. Among the topics the course treats are political socialization and the formation of political identity among people and adults; how schools, school systems, and universities operate as political systems; how policymaking occurs in educational systems; and how protest movements affect political decisions. Students are expected to master a range of theories that apply to topics under discussion and to apply those theories to an analysis of practical consequences of decisions. The course relies heavily on case studies and requires high levels of participation.
EDA 381P: Quantitative Research Design and Analysis; Theory and application of quantitative research techniques in the social sciences, sampling and measurement, questionnaire construction and distribution, response effects validity and reliability, scaling data sources, and data reduction and analysis. In addition, this course covers research designs such as single-subject experimental, quasi-experimental, and nonequivalent groups and descriptive and inferential statistics, including multiple regression models. The ultimate product is an analysis of a policy issue using social science methods.
EDA 381Q: Qualitative Research Design and Analysis; This course covers the rationale and logic of grounded theory methodology. It also includes participant and non-participant observation, informant and conversational interviewing, personal documents and records, life histories, sources of error and bias, personal and ethical dilemmas, and modes of analysis. The objective of this course is to use sociological methods to generate data on a specific policy issue and to develop a policy analysis report.
EDA 395K: Policy Research in Education; This course is broadly concerned with political science research about policy processes. It will involve an exploration of the major theories of policy change, and will examine important empirical contributions to the field. The course will examine the micro-foundations of policy dynamics (models of decision-making), and explore policy agendas, the formation of public policies, and factors influencing agenda and policy change over time. It will emphasize process approaches of policy change rather than substantive issues .
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Dr. Reyes received a bachelor’s degree in American History and Education and a Ph.D. in Education Policy & Administration from The University of Wisconsin–Madison. From 1985 to 1986, Dr. Reyes served on the faculty at The University of Kansas, Lawrence, after which he returned to The University of Wisconsin–Madison as a member of its faculty, where he stayed until 1990. In 1991, Dr. Reyes joined The University of Texas at Austin, serving as a member of the faculty. Dr. Reyes was named the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Planning and Assessment for The University of Texas System in 2003, where he remained until his current appointment as Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in 2012.
Dr. Reyes is personally and professionally passionate about education research and the craft of teaching. In his writing, Dr. Reyes focuses on student success, particularly for children living in poverty, and he has had articles appear in several prestigious journals, including Educational Administration Quarterly, the High School Journal, Journal of Educational Research, and the Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Reyes has authored several books, including Resiliency and Success: Migrant children in the US (2004); Lessons from High Poverty High Performance Schools: Creating Learning Communities (1999); and Teachers and Their Workplace: Commitment, Performance, and Productivity (1990). In addition, Dr. Reyes has authored numerous scholarly articles, book chapters, and monographs, including a significant number of papers presented at national and international academic conferences, and held positions with many scholarly journals, including Editor of the book review section of Educational Researcher and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.
Dr. Reyes has raised more than 22 million dollars in research development grants from foundations including: 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.
Professional recognition for Dr. Reyes includes several notable distinctions. The National Academy of Education selected Dr. Reyes as a fellow. In 2007, Dr. Reyes received the Post President’s Award for heading the University Council for Educational Administration, a national consortium of higher education institutions dedicated to improving education administration. Dr. Reyes received the Distinguished Faculty Award from the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education. He has also been named to numerous national committees to review the quality of university programs, such as the Ohio Board of Regents Review for Education Programs.
Dr. Reyes and his wife, Gloria, have two adult sons, Pedro Jr. and Adalberto Damian. When not at work, Dr. Reyes enjoys teaching his grandchildren.
Postdoc -- University of Michigan (Summer 1986)
Institute for Social Research:
Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, Survey Research Institute
Ph.D. -- University of Wisconsin--Madison (1985)
Educational Policy & Administration, Cognate: Sociology of Education
B.A. -- University of Wisconsin--Madison (1982)
American History and Education
Research Interests and Expertise
As a social scientist, my work is focused on the subject of the conditions fostering high academic success for children of poverty and the stratification of learning opportunities for children of color. Also, I am engaged in evaluating significant policy issues at the State level. Over the years I have raised more than 22 million dollars in research and development funds 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.Pedro Reyes is the author of Resiliency and Success: Migrant children in the US (2004); Lessons From High Poverty High Performance Schools: Creating Learning Communities (1999); and Teachers and Their Workplace: Commitment, Performance, and Productivity (1990). In addition, he has authored more than 75 articles, book chapters, monographs, and reviews and has presented more than 50 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.