Monte Piliawsky

Monte  Piliawsky
Senior Lecturer - Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
325 Education Bldg.

Office Hours: Mondays & Tuesdays, 2:00-4:15 - Call (313) 577-1613 for an appointment.

(313) 577-1725
(313) 577-5235

  • 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


My dissertation service work includes having chaired 7 doctoral committees, been the cognate advisor on 10 committees, and the general reader on 30 others.

  • 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


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.

Courses Taught

  • EHP 3600 - Philosophy of Education (Undergraduate)
  • EHP 7600 - Philosophy of Education (Masters)
  • EDA 7600 - The Structure of American Education (Online, Masters)
  • EDS 9620 - Doctoral Seminar in Sociology

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 11 2005 The Oral History Association, Providence, RI

Academic Achievement among Urban At-Risk Adolescents: Investigation of Social Support , Personal Control, and Persistence"
C. Sommers, J. Yoon, & *M. Piliawsky 4 2004 Society for Research on Adolescence, Baltimore, MD

Social Support, Personal Control, and Persistence: Predictors of Urban Adolescent Achievement
C. Sommers, J. Yoon, & *M. Piliawsky 4 2004 National Association of School Psychologists, Dallas, TX

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 4 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 4 2003 National Association of School Psychologists, Dallas, TX

Drop-out Prevention among Urban, African-American Ninth Grade Students
C, Somers & *M. Piliawsky 4 2002 American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA

Educational Reform or Corporate Agenda? State Takeover of Detroit's Public Schools
*M. Piliawsky 10 1999 Association for the Study of African-American Life and History, Detroit, MI

State Takeover of Public Schools in Hartford and Detroit: Educational Reform or Managerial Reshuffle?
*M. Piliawsky 10 1999 American Educational Studies Association, Detroit, MI

Inner-City School Privatization: The Case of Hartford
*M. Piliawsky 10 1998 American Educational Studies Association, Philadephia, PA

Voluntary School Choice As a Remedy to De Facto School Segregation
*M. Piliawsky 10 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)

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

Individual and Social Factors Related to Urban African American Adolescents' School Performance
C.L. Somers, D.Owens, & *M. Piliawsky 7 2008 The High School Journal

Drop-out Prevention among Urban, African-American, Ninth Grade Adolsecents: Program Evaluation and Practical Implications
C.L. Somers & *M. Piliawsky 4 2004 Preventing School Failure 48

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)

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 9 1999 SER in Action 10

Remedies to De Facto School Segregation
*M. Piliawsky 7 1998 The Black Scholar 28

Exit 13: Oppression and Racism in Academia
*M. Piliawsky 1982 (Boston: South End Press)

150 years in the heart of Detroit