Dr. Willie Pearson, Jr. (Professor; PhD, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 1981) is a professor of sociology in the School of History and Sociology. In 1993, he received Southern Illinois University's College of Liberal Arts' Alumni Achievement Award. He specializes in the sociology of science and sociology of the family. He is the author or co-editor of eight books and monographs and numerous articles and chapters. He has held research grants from the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Sloan Foundation, and Department of Justice. He has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Educational Testing Service and the Office of Technology Assessment, U.S. Congress. He has served as a lecturer in Sigma Xi's Distinguished Lectureship Program; Chair; Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE), Executive Office, National Science Foundation and Chair, Committee for Science, Engineering and Public Policy, American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2001, he was designated a lifetime National Associate of the National Academies. Currently, he serves on advisory committees in the Education and Human Resources Directorate (National Science Foundation), the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, and the National Academy of Sciences.