University of Wisconsin-Madison
College of Education
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
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Bills is a sociologist with interests in education
and the workplace, labor markets, technological and organizational
change, educational demography, and social inequality. He
has been at the University of Iowa since 1985, and taught
for three years before that at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
He also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of
Sociology and is a faculty affiliate in the Literature, Science,
and the Arts program.
Professor Bills is collaborating on a project with the National
Center for Education Statistics and MPR Associates on the
participation of adults in work-related education. He has
served on the Technical Review Panel for the National Household
Education Survey. He recently published The Sociology
of Education and Work , as well as two edited volumes
(one on the sociology of job training and the other a Festschrift
for Archibald Haller). He is the editor of The New Modern
Times: Factors Reshaping the World of Work (State University
of New York Press, 1995.)
Bills served as the Chair of the Educational Policy and Leadership
Studies (EPLS) Department from 1994-1999. He was the Iowa
Director for the Midwest Sociological Society from 1997-1999
and chaired the Society's Publication Committee from 2003-2004.
He serves on the editorial board of The Sociological Quarterly
and Sociology of Education. He directed the
Honors Program of the American Sociological Association from
1988-1994, is the past chair of the ASA's Committee on Undergraduate
Education, and served on the ASA Task Force on Community Colleges.
He is a member of the Regional Education Policy Research Consortium
of the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory.
Bills spent the Fall, 2003 semester at the Wissenschaftszentrum
Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB) to collaborate on a
project examining trends in the hiring and training practices
of German and U.S. employers over the past twenty years.
Bills directs the EPLS
Computer Lab at the University of Iowa. His teaching
Educational Sociology, Education
and Social Change,
Demographic Techniques for Educational Research, Education
and the World of Work ,
Education, Race, and Ethnicity, Gender
and Education, and
Sociological Perspectives on ducational Policy and Reform.
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