Professor, Policy Studies
Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence
PST 100: Strategies for Career Success
PST 101: Introduction to the Analysis of Public Policy (Honors Section Only)
PST 409: Intermediate Analysis of Public Policy
PST 416: Community Problem-Solving
Highest degree earned
Bill Coplin has received almost all of Syracuse University's teaching awards as well as advising and public service awards since arriving on campus in 1969. He has devoted most of his recent teaching, research and service to changing undergraduate and high school education so that the fundamental skills required for career and citizenship success occupy a central place in the curriculum. More than 40,000 students have taken his course, PST 101: Introduction to the Analysis of Public Policy at Syracuse University and more than 50 high schools in the northeast since 1977. Based on the highly successful policy studies major he introduced in 1977 and managed since then, Coplin has promoted the idea that the key to skill development is experience outside the formal classroom. Policy Studies Website
He is an advocate of working with undergraduates as junior partners in curriculum development, delivering courses and conducting applied research. He wrote "10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College" (Ten Speed Press, 2003), which carries the same message. A revised edition was published in 2012. He has also developed several experiential learning courses taught by him and several members of the faculty, including, PST 410: Practicum in Public Policy.
His latest book, “The Path to Equity: Inclusion in the Kingdom of Liberal Arts” (Roman & Littlefield, 2023), provides a theoretical analysis of what needs to be done to make the college experience useful for all students instead of only those driven by the love of learning.
His book, “The Happy Professor: How to Teach Undergraduates and Feel Good About It" (Roman & Littlefield, 2019), shows college teachers the way to bring skills and experiential learning to their students.
His book, "Public Policy: Skills in Action: A Pragmatic Introduction" (Roman & Littlefield, 2017) is the textbook for the popular PST 101 course, which he taught for 45 years.
Bill received a B.A. in social science from Johns Hopkins University in 1960, and an M.A (1962) and Ph.D. (1964) in international relations from American University. He has been the director and professor of the Policy Studies Program of the Maxwell School and the College of Arts and Sciences of Syracuse University since 1976. He has published more than 115 books and articles in the fields of international relations, public policy, political risk analysis, and education and citizenship.
Areas of Expertise
Higher education, high school education, citizenship and urban education, public policy analysis, pedagogical partners with undergraduates
“The Path to Equity: Inclusion in the Kingdom of Liberal Arts” (Roman & Littlefield, 2023)
“The Happy Professor: How to Teach Undergraduates and Feel Good About It" (Roman & Littlefield, 2019)
"Public Policy: Skills in Action: A Pragmatic Introduction" (Roman & Littlefield, 2017)
Sep 14, 2023
Aug 25, 2023
Oct 19, 2022
May 14, 2020