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Dr Deborah Ann Williams

[Dr Deborah Williams]

Visiting Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
Last Updated: October 28, 2021
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Research Interests

Research Interests
Mixed methods related to program impact, development of teacher candidates in the science of teaching reading, literacy, and action research

Research Keywords

Research Keywords
Teacher Candidates; Preservice Teachers; Undergraduate Research

Teaching Interests

Teaching Interests
Language and literacy undergraduate and graduate courses, Action Research in Reading, & Literacy Assessments

Biography

Biography

Dr. Williams is a visiting assistant professor in literacy studies at the University of Texas at Arlington. Prior to joining UTA, Dr. Williams served as associate professor of literacy and undergraduate reading program coordinator at Stephen F. Austin State University and assistant professor at Cameron University. She has mentored teachers and candidates in various school districts including Lawton Public Schools, Dallas, Nacogdoches and Frisco Independent School Districts. Dr. Williams impacted K-12 achievement as classroom teacher, reading specialist and associate principal. Currently, she teaches literacy courses in the Curriculum and Instruction Department. Dr. Williams earned a B.S. Degree from Grambling State University in Special Education with a minor in Elementary Education. Her Master of Arts Degree in Reading Education was attained at Louisiana Tech University and Doctorate Degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce in Curriculum and Instruction.

Her research interests involve mixed methods related to program impact, development of teacher candidates in the science of teaching reading, literacy, and action research. Dr. Williams believes teachers should demonstrate effective skills in cultural responsiveness to ensure that all children have access to a quality education, regardless of their backgrounds. Her recent work relates to a case study research design, using qualitative methods (2019) to examine three types of data that a university might collect and apply to assess effectiveness of their educator preparation program. Fifteen graduates and principals consented to interviews and to provide information regarding teacher performance evaluations. Dr. Williams served on a literacy panel at the American Educational Research Association’s 2019 convention to present her research study titled, “Exploring the Impact of Word Sort Discussions on Pre-Service Teachers’ Professional Reading Vocabulary.” Dr. Williams is a 5-year program reviewer for the International Literacy Association (ILA) National Recognition for the Preparation of Literacy Professionals. ILA’s program reviewers collaborate with literacy professionals at large to peer-review reading specialist programs. She has published works that entail development of teacher candidates in literacy, action research and cultural responsiveness.

Education
Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction, Texas A&M University-Commerce
M.A. Reading Education, Louisiana Tech University
B.S. Special Education, Grambling State University


Awards and Honors
Teaching Excellence Award Nominee, Elementary Education Department
(Stephen F. Austin State University) (2017 & 2019)

Educator of the Year/Phi Delta Kappa/Stephen F. Austin State University (May 2016)


Licensure and Certifications

Licensure and Certifications

    • 1999 Mid-Management Administrator PK-12, Texas Education Agency
    • 1989 Generic Special Education PK-12, Texas Education Agency
    • 1989 Elementary Self-Contained 1-8, Texas Education Agency
    • 1985 Reading Specialist, Louisiana State Board of Education
    • 1983 Elementary Self-Contained, Louisiana State Board of Education
    • 2002 English as a Second Language EC-12, Texas Education Agency
    • 2001 Master Reading Teacher EC-12, Texas Education Agency

Memberships

    • 2016 to Present Texas Association of Teacher Educator
    • 2011 to Present Delta Kappa Gamma International Society
      Nu Delta Chapter in Frisco, Texas
      Assists with membership

    • 2011 to Present International Literacy Association

Awards and Honors

    • Apr  2021 Teaching Award sponsored by Curriculum & Instruction Department, University of Texas at Arlington

Publications


      2021
      • Journal Article
        Steen Library: Birthplace of an undergraduate research collaboration
        [Williams, Deborah].

      2020
      • Journal Article
        An exploration of measures used to assess teaching effectiveness
        [Reily, Susan , Williams, Deborah, Hasbun, Tracey]. TxEP: Texas Educator Preparation. "Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education (CSOTTE)".
      • Journal Article
        Perceptions of research: Comparing preservice teachers to other majors
        [Williams, Deborah, Xu, Tingting]. TXEP: Texas Educator Preparation. "Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education".

Students Supervised

    • Dec 2020
      Dissertation Committee Member
      Janie Snyder, Student from Stephen F. Austin State University. Department of Educational Leadership
      A qualitative study of the social-emotional needs of newly arrived immigrant students

Courses

      • LIST 4373-001 EC-6 LIT LRNG: RDG & WRTG
        (Course Id: 101442)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • LIST 4373-101 EC-6 LIT LRNG: RDG & WRTG
        (Course Id: 101442)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • LIST 5316-005 LITERACY PRACTICUM I
        (Course Id: 101552)
        Fall - Dynamic Dated Session - 2021
      • LIST 5316-005 LITERACY PRACTICUM I
        (Course Id: 101552)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • LIST 5316-105 LITERACY PRACTICUM I
        (Course Id: 101552)
        Fall - Dynamic Dated Session - 2021
      • LIST 5316-105 LITERACY PRACTICUM I
        (Course Id: 101552)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • LIST 4373-001 EC-6 LIT LRNG: RDG & WRTG
        (Course Id: 101442)
        Summer - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • LIST 4373-001 EC-6 LIT LRNG: RDG & WRTG
        (Course Id: 101442)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2021
      • LIST 4373-002 EC-6 LIT LRNG: RDG & WRTG
        (Course Id: 101442)
        Summer - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • LIST 4373-002 EC-6 LIT LRNG: RDG & WRTG
        (Course Id: 101442)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2021
      • LIST 5373-005 FNDNS OF LITERACY LRNG IN EC-6
        (Course Id: 101566)
        Summer - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • LIST 5373-005 FNDNS OF LITERACY LRNG IN EC-6
        (Course Id: 101566)
        Summer - Dynamic Dated Session - 2021
      • LIST 5350-005 LITERACY ASSESSMENT
        (Course Id: 101558)
        Summer - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • LIST 5350-005 LITERACY ASSESSMENT
        (Course Id: 101558)
        Summer - Dynamic Dated Session - 2021
      • LIST 4373-001 EC-6 LIT LRNG: RDG & WRTG
        (Course Id: 101442)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • LIST 5350-005 LITERACY ASSESSMENT
        (Course Id: 101558)
        Spring - Dynamic Dated Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • LIST 5316-005 LITERACY PRACTICUM I
        (Course Id: 101552)
        Spring - Dynamic Dated Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • LIST 5354-001 MULTICULTURAL LIT CHILDREN
        (Course Id: 101561)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • LIST 5345-005 CONTENT AREA READNG & WRTNG
        (Course Id: 101556)
        Fall - Dynamic Dated Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • LIST 5350-005 LITERACY ASSESSMENT
        (Course Id: 101558)
        Fall - Dynamic Dated Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • LIST 5316-005 LITERACY PRACTICUM I
        (Course Id: 101552)
        Fall - Dynamic Dated Session - 2020
      • LIST 5317-005 LITERACY PRACTICUM III
        (Course Id: 101553)
        Fall - Dynamic Dated Session - 2020

Service to the University

    • Jan 2021 to  Present Committee Member
      Literacy Studies Program: Science of Teaching Reading Updates
    • Past to  Dec 2020 Committee Member
      Grade Grievance Committee

Service to the Profession

    • June 2021 to  Present
      Committee MemberTexas,
      Reading Specialist Standards Advisory Committee
    • 2020 to  Present
      Accreditation Proposal Reviewer
      Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation
    • 2014 to  Present
      National Recognition Program Reviewer
      International Literacy Association

Service to the Community

Service to the Community

    • Past to  Feb 2021
      MemberTexas,
      Little Elm ISD & DKG LOVE PACS