Brother Hawley was quite active in both Cal Beta and in the Berkeley community. Within Cal Beta, Bill served as the Eminent Archon in 1959-1960, and during his undergraduate years he was also a member of the varsity golf team, a battalion commander in the Army ROTC program, and a member of the Order of the Golden Bear. Majoring in political science, Bill fueled his passion as he was elected Freshman class president, was involved in the Cal student government as a member of the executive committee and the 1st Vice-President. Bill would return to Cal after graduation and earned his masters in political science in 1963, and then his PHD in 1970.
Since his days at Cal Beta, Bill has held multiple different positions within different Universities and the U.S. Government. Throughout the 1980s & 90s, Brother Hawley has been a professor at Duke, Yale, Maryland, and Vanderbilt. During his time at Maryland and Vanderbilt, brother Hawley was also the Dean of the College of Education at each University respectively. He has served as consultant to numerous public agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, the U.S. Senate, and the World Bank, as well as many state and local governments, professional associations, civil rights organizations, and foundations.
Bill has published numerous books, articles and book chapters dealing with enhancing the learning opportunities of racially and ethnically diverse students, teaching quality, school reform, urban politics, political learning, organizational change, school desegregation, educational policy, the professional development of teachers and school administrators, the challenges and benefits of racially and ethnically diverse schools, and continuous school improvement.