Professional

William Lyons

Date and Place of Birth:

  • Plainfield, New Jersey, May 26, 1948


Education:

  • Ph.D University of Oklahoma 1974 (Political Science)
  • M.A. University of Oklahoma, 1972 (Political Science)
  • B.A. (with distinction) Rhodes College 1970 (Political Science)
  • ....... attended Memphis City Schools and graduated : Memphis Central High School, June, 1966


Teaching Fields:

  • Campaigns and Elections, Urban Politics and Policy, Public Administration, Research Design and Data Analysis


Special Training and Skills:

  • Statistics, Research Design, Multivariate Methods, Questionnaire Design and Survey Analysis, Computer Programming (FORTRAN and Basic), Microcomputer Applications (Spreadsheets, Simulations, Database Mgt.)


Professional Experience at the City of Knoxville:

  • Deputy to the Mayor, Chief Policy Officer, 2011 -
  • Senior Director of Policy and Communications, 2007 - 2011
  • Senior Director of Policy Development, 2005 - 2007
  • Senior Director of Economic Development, 2003 - 2005
  • Knoxville's Community Development Corporation, 1999 - 2003 (Board Chair 2001 - 2003)


Professional Experience at the University of Tennessee:

  • Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Tennessee, 1983- (on leave)
  • Head, Department of Political Science, University of Tennessee, 1995-1996
  • Director, Social Science Research Institute , University of Tennessee, 1991- 1995
  • Director of Survey Research, Social Science Research Institute & Center for Assessment Research and Development, University of Tennessee, 1988-1990
  • Fellow, Social Science Research Institute, University of Tennessee, 1988-1991
  • Associate Director, Office of Institutional Research, University of Tennessee, 1987-1989
  • Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Tennessee, 1978-1983
  • Associate Director, Bureau of Public Administration, University of Tennessee, 1977-1981
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Tennessee, 1975-1978
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Oklahoma State University, 1974-75
  • (Joint Appointment with Statistics Department)
  • Instructor (Social Statistics), Department of Sociology, University of Oklahoma, 1972
  • Research Assistant, Bureau of Government Research, University of Oklahoma, 1971-1974
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Political Science, University of Oklahoma, 1970 -1971


Administration and University Committee Service (University of Tennessee):

  • Faculty Senate, 2001 - 2004
  • University of Tennessee Board of Regents Committee on Public Service, 1990-1994
  • Steering Committee, University of Tennessee Center for Literacy Studies, 1991 - 1995
  • University of Tennessee Institutional Assessment Committee, 1987- 1992
  • Graduate Council, 1987-1990 (Appeals Committee)
  • Council, American Association of University Professors, 1987-1989
  • Committee to consider Social Science Research Institute, 1986
  • Core Team Member, Chancellor's Project to Develop "American Trivia Challenge" (Tennessee Edition) for Tennessee Homecoming - 1986
  • University Software Acquisition Committee, 1985 -1989
  • Urban Studies Committee, 1977-82


Awards and Honors

  • Leadership Knoxville, Class of 2003
  • Citation for Extraordinary Community Service, University of Tennessee, 2002
  • Accenture Peer Awards, Outstanding Faculty Mentor, University of Tennessee, 2001
  • Chancellor's Citation for Public Service, University of Tennessee, 1994
  • College of Liberal Arts Public Service Award, University of Tennessee, 1993


Other Professional Activities:

  • Editorial Policy Committee, Social Science Quarterly, 1992- 1994
  • Panel Chair, Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1984, 1982, 1981.
  • Discussant, Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Assoc., 1979.
  • Manuscript Reviewer: American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, American Politics Quarterly, American Journal of Political Science, Political Methodology, Social Science Quarterly, State and Local Government Review,Social Science Journal, National Science Foundation, Public Productivity Review, Policy Studies Journal.