Bill Taverner

Founder and President

Sex Ed Lecture Series

Morristown, New Jersey

Bill Taverner

Bill Taverner's Bio

William J. “Bill” Taverner is a leading figure in the field of sexuality education, serving as the Executive Director of the Center for Sex Education (CSE) and the editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Sexuality Education. With a career spanning over three decades, Taverner has authored and co-authored a wide range of influential educational resources, including prominent manuals like All Together Now: Teaching about Contraception and Safer Sex and Older, Wiser, Sexually Smarter.

Taverner’s professional journey began following his graduation from New York University, where he obtained a Master of Arts in Human Sexuality. He initially worked at Phoenix House, where he developed a comprehensive sexuality education program for individuals in recovery from substance abuse. His efforts included creating the Verbal Informed Sexual Consent Assessment Tool, aimed at assessing the capacity for informed sexual consent.

As an editor, Taverner has significantly contributed to academic discourse in sexuality education by overseeing the production of the eighth through tenth editions of Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Human Sexuality. His editorial work has extended to new editions of Teaching Safer Sex, which received the 2013 AASECT Book Award under his leadership.

Taverner is recognized for his extensive training of professionals in diverse fields, from education to healthcare, equipping them with the tools to address sexual health comprehensively. His workshops, such as “Unequal Partners” and “Making Sense of Abstinence,” have been instrumental in educating thousands of professionals nationwide.

His achievements in the field have been honored with multiple awards, including the “AASECT Founder’s Award” and the “Golden Apple Award” by the Association for Planned Parenthood Leaders in Education, affirming his pivotal role in advancing sexual education.

Bill Taverner's Career Background

Sex Ed Lecture Series

March 2020 – Current
Easton, Pennsylvania

The Sex Ed Lecture Series features leaders in sexuality education sharing their research and best practices. The Sex Ed Lecture Series is an approved AASECT CE provider. 

The Center for Sex Education

Executive Director
December 2011 – Current
Morristown, New Jersey

July 1998 – December 2021
Morristown, New Jersey

The Center for Sex Education (CSE) has been hosting an annual Sex Ed Conference since 1985. The Center for Sex Education, led by executive director Bill Taverner, considered an expert in sexuality education, provides keynotes, workshops, inservice training, and other professional development at reasonable fees. The CSE is also the publisher of sexuality education manuals used throughout the world.

Taylor & Francis Group

Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Sexuality Education
December 2004 – Current

Taylor & Francis Group partners with researchers, scholarly societies, universities and libraries worldwide to bring knowledge to life. As one of the world’s leading publishers of scholarly journals, books, ebooks and reference works their content spans all areas of Humanities, Social Sciences, Behavioural Sciences, Science, and Technology and Medicine

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Adjunct Professor
January 1998 – December 2006
Teaneck, New Jersey

Devoted to the preparation of world citizens through global education, Fairleigh Dickinson University is New Jersey’s largest private university and features more than 100 liberal arts and professional degree programs, two international campuses, dozens of partnerships with internationally renowned institutions, and special programs and status within the United Nations.

Phoenix House

Human Sexuality Program Coordinator
October 1995 – July 1998

Phoenix House is a nonprofit drug and alcohol rehabilitation organization operating in 10 states and the District of Columbia with more 120 programs. Programs serve individuals, families, and communities affected by substance abuse and dependency.


Residential Supervisor
September 1994
– October 1995

Founded in 1957 as the Young Adult Institute, YAI remains at the forefront of an extraordinary movement aimed at empowering people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. YAI’s 4,000 employees provide supportive housing, education, medical, dental, and mental health care, job training, community integration, and social enrichment for more than 20,000 people with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and all other intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout New York, northern New Jersey, and California.

Volunteers of America

Program Manager
September 1991
– September 1994

Volunteers of America is a ministry of service employing over 16,000 professionals across the United States, including Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Annually, this organization impacts 1.5 million people through a variety of programs in healthcare, housing, and more. Since its founding in 1896, it has dedicated itself to aiding vulnerable groups such as veterans, at-risk youth, the elderly, returning citizens, homeless families, individuals with disabilities, and those overcoming addictions

Bill Taverner's Newsfeed

Bill Taverner on the Future of Sex Education

May 2, 2024

Explore the increasing political and social challenges to sex education in the U.S., highlighting Bill Taverner’s concerns and advocacy for comprehensive education amidst legislative restrictions, and the emerging role of digital platforms in providing accessible, quality education to counteract these trends.

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Bill Taverner Explores the Evolution of Sex Education

March 24, 2024

The transformative journey of sex education from a taboo and controversial topic to an essential, empowering component of public education, detailing key historical shifts and the significant contributions of advocates like Bill Taverner to the field’s progress and modern inclusivity.

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Bill Taverner's Media


Empowering Through Education: An Interview with Bill Taverner

March 27, 2024

In this interview, Bill Taverner, a pioneer in sex education, discusses how his early experiences in community theatre have enriched his approach to teaching by emphasizing empathy and engaging storytelling.

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What Does Success Look Like to You? – Bill Taverner

May 1, 2024

In the interview, Bill Taverner discusses his journey into sex education, emphasizing the profound societal need for accurate and comprehensive information, which drove him to the field, and details the professional challenges and achievements that have shaped his impactful career.

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Bill Taverner, Ideamensch Interview

May 15, 2024

In the interview, Bill Taverner discusses his journey into sex education, emphasizing the profound societal need for accurate and comprehensive information, which drove him to the field, and details the professional challenges and achievements that have shaped his impactful career.

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Press Releases

Empowering Through Education: Unveiling an Exclusive Interview with Bill Taverner

May 2, 2024

Renowned sex education leader Bill Taverner discusses his extensive three-decade career, emphasizing his dedication to professional development, inclusivity, and social justice.

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Insights from Bill Taverner on Success in Health Education

May 13, 2024

Bill Taverner, a leading expert in health education, shares his strategies for achieving success in the field, emphasizing the importance of creating educational environments that foster deep understanding and empower individuals, and discussing the pivotal role of digital platforms in future educational developments.

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Licenses & Certifications

Diplomate, American Board of Sexology

American Board of Sexology (ABS)
Issued November 2023

Bill Taverner's Education

New York University

New York, New  York
Master of Arts
Human Sexuality

University at Albany

Albany, New York
Bachelor of Arts
1986 – 1990

Monsignor Farrell High School

Staten Island, New York
High School Diploma