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Earth Sciences

Wendi J.W. Willliams

DrWendiJWWilliams
Wendi J.W. Williams

Professional Information

Title: Lecturer

Educational Background:

  • PhD, Geological Sciences, University of El Paso
          Emphasis in Volcanology / Geochemistry /
          Quaternary Geochronology
  • MS, Earth Science, University of California - Riverside
          Engineering Geology / Economic Geology / Hydrogeology
  • BS, Geology, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Tarrant County Community College, Texas

Contact Information

My Background and Interests:

I have been affiliated with UALR since joining the faculty in 2001, as full time then again as part-time online faculty teaching from a distance, facilitating in-person, hybrid and online courses for both UALR as well as NorthWest Arkansas Community College now. At various stages in my career, I have been a teacher; lab / field geologist for a geotechnical firm; County Geologist in southern California addressing environmental and engineering issues; researcher in economic deposits, Quaternary dating methods, igneous petrology and volcanology; visiting professor with Lewis Clark State College in Idaho, and adjunct faculty with Austin Community College and Lone Star College - North Harris in Houston; and an Education Director with the Ozark Natural Science Center (www.onsc.us) . I contribute to our state as a member of the Arkansas Governor’s Earthquake Advisory and Pre-Disaster Mitigations Councils (note: Arkansas is part of the New Madrid Seismic Zone). I have taught a range of core geology to graduate courses during my career, including physical and historical geology, physical science, earth materials, igneous petrology, geochemistry, field methods, remote sensing, environmental geology, and integrated science methods for pre-/in-service teachers. As past Co-Director of the UALR Math and Science Education Partnership, I helped support K-12 teachers through formal and informal professional development and outreach to schools.

I am the first female in my family to attend college. My professional endeavors include a commitment to assisting first generation students with learning about opportunities afforded by higher education…particularly with the intent to recruit talent into geoscience vocations! I do this through my higher education courses but also by teaching in pre-college programs targeting middle school to high school students bridging with college (most recently through the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville) as well as regularly facilitating for the Womens’ Foundation of Arkansas “Girls of Promise” Conference (http://www.womensfoundationarkansas.org/). I am trained in Universal Design, and deliberately use UDesign in my teaching environments to better include Persons with Disabilities as I engage students with varying learning preferences (learn more about UD at http://www.washington.edu/doit/Stem/). I am part of the Advisory Council for the UALR Disability Resource Center, as well as a member of the International Association for Geoscience Diversity (www.theiagd.org).

My teaching has greatly benefitted from participating in National Science Foundation- and National Association of Geoscience Teachers-sponsored On the Cutting Edge (http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/index.html) and SAGE 2YC (http://serc.carleton.edu/sage2yc/index.html) workshops toward my focus upon geoscience andragogy and pedagogy. I also know that professional service has been a key component in my vocational growth. I have served as a Geosciences Councilor for the Council on Undergraduate Research, am currently an At-Large Representative with the GSA South-Central Section (www.nagt.org) Executive Committee as a Councilor At-Large. Additionally, I have contributed as a member of GSA Standing Committees on Education (served as Chair) and also their Geology and Public Policy, during which time I assisted with an education whitepaper about the Nature of Science (see: http://www.geosociety.org/educate/NatureOfScience.htm) and assisted as a Liaison and Panelist for a number of GSA position statements (e.g. The Importance of Teaching Earth Science, Expanding and Improving Geosciences in Higher Education, Valuing Professional Contributions to Geoscience Public Policy and Education).

Updated 10.18.2013