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Alexis Williams (HDQM)
Alexis Williams
Contact Information:
Room: 1117J Benjamin Building
Phone: (301) 405-2831
E-mail: ayw@umd.edu

Alexis Williams (Ph.D., University of Maryland)
Lecturer; Educational Psychology Specialization
Human Development and Quantitative Methodology (HDQM)

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Research Interests | Bio | Fellowships | Publications | Curriculum Vitae |

Research Interests

Achievement motivation, the scholarship of teaching and learning, mentorship models for undergraduate and graduate students, and professional support of all students, with special emphasis for those from underrepresented backgrounds in STEM and beyond

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Professional Biography

Dr. Alexis Y. Williams is a lecturer in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland, College Park. She also serves as Assistant Director for PROF-it (Professors-in-Training), a University System of Maryland teaching professional development program designed for STEM graduate students and postdocs, and open to any who are interested in academia.

Understanding creative and connected teaching and engaged mentorship have become Dr. Williams’ professional passions. She has taught at the university level for eight years in the content areas of developmental science and educational psychology. She also served as a mentor for the NSF-funded PROMISE program: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) and as Coordinator of Graduate Programs for the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center (TLTC; formerly the Center for Teaching Excellence).

Dr. Williams enjoys teaching about teaching. Her dissertation work surveyed high school teachers, analyzing the connections between teachers' beliefs about students and teachers' own efficacy and emotional experiences in the classroom. Through her research, mentorship, and teaching in the areas of achievement motivation and the scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL), she has learned that teachers’ social and emotional development are at least as essential as content knowledge and teaching skills for the success of any student.

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Fellowships

University of Maryland College of Education Faculty Technology Fellow, 2013-2014

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Selected Publications

Schmitt, K. R. B., Larsen, E., Badawy, A. H. A., Hrapczynski, K. M., Miller, M. W., Dougherty, M., Taylor Sharma, A., Robertson, B. M., Andrew, A. A., Williams, A. Y., Kramer, S. R., & Benson., S. A. (in press). A survey tool for assessing student expectations early in a semester. Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education.

Williams, A. Y. (2013). Dissertation house as a best practice: A reflection. In Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity: Intersections and Inequality, 23-25. Retrieved from http://www.crge.umd.edu/pdf/rc_2013_final.pdf

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Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

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