Monte Piliawsky

Senior Lecturer College of Education
Phone: (313) 577-1725

Areas of expertise

achievement gap
Charter Schools
School Choice
School Desegregation
School Funding



1999-         Associate Professor (until 2006), then Senior Lecturer, Wayne State University , Detroit, MI
1995-1999 Associate Professor, Trinity College, Hartford, CT
1994-1995 Instructor, Asnuntuck Community-Technical College, Enfield, CT
1998-1994 Instructor, Penn Valley Community College, Kansas City, MO
1990-1994 Visiting Professor, University of Missouri, Kansas City
1974-1987 Professor (all ranks), Dillard University, New Orleans, LA
1984-1985 Visiting Associate Professor, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
1970-1972 Assistant Professor, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
1970          Instructor, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
1969          Special Lecturer, University of New Orleans
1968          Instructor, Xavier University, New Orleans, LA


I teach EHP360: Philosophy of Education (undergraduate); EHP7600: Philosophy of Education (masters); EDA7600: The Structure of American Education (online, masters); EDS9620: Doctoral Seminar in Sociology.  My dissertaton service work includes having chaired 7 doctoral committes, been the cognate advisor on10 comittees, and the general reader on 30 others.

Academic Interests

History and Philosophy of American Education; Sociology of Education; Public Policy in Education

Area of Expertise

Remedies to School Segregation;  School Tutoring Programs; Mayoral Takeover of School Districts; Charter Schools 

Research Interests

My research focuses on designing, implementing and evaluating school dropout prevention programs that provide academic tutoring and supplemental enrichment to high school students.

Community Engagement Activities

2003-   Board Member, The Dearborn Academy (a K-8 charter school)

2006    Workshop on "Reducing the High Schol Dropout Rate," The  Skillman Foundation 

2006    Consultant to "Good Schools Making the Grade" program, The Skilman Foundation


Ninth Grade In-School Academy
2000 - 2003

Awards & Honors

United Negro College Fund's Strengthening the Humanities Fellowship
National Defense Education Act Fellowship


An Invisible Voice of the New Left: Life Cycle Political Socializationof a White, Working-Class Radical Woman
*M. Piliawsky 2005   The Oral History Association, Providence, RI
Social Support, Personal Control, and Persistence: Predictors of Urban Adolescent Achievement 
C. Sommers, J. Yoon, & *M. Piliawsky 2004   National Association of School Psychologists, Dallas, TX
Academic Achievement among Urban At-Risk Adolescents: Investigation of Social Support , Personal Control, and Persistence" 
C. Sommers, J. Yoon, & *M. Piliawsky 2004   Society for Research on Adolescence, Baltimore, MD
A Study of High School Drop Out Prevention and At-Risk Ninth Graders' Role Models and Motivations for School Completion
C. Somers, *M. Piliawsky, & J.Tynan 2003   National Association of School Psychologists. Toronto, Canada 
Individual and School Factors Related to Urban At-Risk Adolescents' School Performance
C. Somers, *M. Piliawsky, & J.Tynan 2003   National Association of School Psychologists, Dallas, TX
Drop-out Prevention among Urban, African-American Ninth Grade Students
C, Somers & *M. Piliawsky 2002   American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA
State Takeover of Public Schools in Hartford and Detroit: Educational Reform or Managerial Reshuffle?
*M. Piliawsky 1999   American Educational Studies Association, Detroit, MI
Educational Reform or Corporate Agenda? State Takeover of Detroit's Public Schools 
*M. Piliawsky 1999   Association for the Study of African-American Life and History, Detroit, MI
Inner-City School Privatization: The Case of Hartford
*M. Piliawsky 1998   American Educational Studies Association, Philadephia, PA 
Voluntary School Choice As a Remedy to De Facto School Segregation
*M. Piliawsky 1997   American Educational Studies Association, San Antonio, TX


A Study of High School Dropout Prevention and At-Risk Ninth Graders
C. Somers, D. Owens, & *M. Piliawsky   2009 Educaton 130 (2) 348-356
Individual and Social Factors Related to Urban African American Adolescents' School Performance
C.L. Somers, D.Owens, & *M. Piliawsky   2008 The High School Journal 1-11.
Book review of Let the People Decide: Black Freedom and White Resistance Movements in Sunflower County, Mississippi, 1945-1986 by J. Todd Moye
*M. Piliawsky   2008 The Oral History Review 35 93-95
Drop-out Prevention among Urban, African-American, Ninth Grade Adolsecents: Program Evaluation and Practical Implications
C.L. Somers & *M. Piliawsky   2004 Preventing School Failure 48 17-22
Educational Reform or Corporate Agenda? State Takeover of Detroit's Public Schools
*M. Piliawsky   2003 G. Noblit & B. Hatt-Echeverria (eds),The Future of Educational Studies (New York: Peter Lang) 265-283
Monte Piliawsky, interview 
*M. Piliawsky   2003 eds. Cooper Thompson, Emmett Schaefer, & Harry Brod, White Men Challenging Racism: 35 Personal Stories (Durham: Duke University 
The Perils of Inner-City School Privatization
*M. Piliawsky   1999 SER in Action 10 9-10+
Remedies to De Facto School Segregation
*M. Piliawsky   1998 The Black Scholar 28 29-35
Exit 13: Oppression and Racism in Academia
*M. Piliawsky   1982 (Boston: South End Press) 252


1970 Tulane University, Ph.D., Political Science
1968 Tulane University, Ph.D.  Political Science
1965 University of New Orleans, B.A. (cum laude), Political Science