Reclaiming the social, cultural, and economic history of Arkansas communities is but one way Professor C. Fred Williams uses his intellectual prowess to serve the public. His work to improve the standing of social studies education helps residents of all ages appreciate the impact the world has made on the state â€“ and the impact Arkansas has made on the world.
â€śIf we didnâ€™t have an understanding of what our history was, our quality of life would be so different,â€ť Dr. Williams said. â€śThe joy of service is simply being able to see other people enriched. Iâ€™m constantly amazed that people want to know about history and ask questions about history. Itâ€™s just a joy â€“ if I know â€“ to be able to answer their questions.â€ť
Dr. Williams has shepherded many scholarly works through the publication process while serving as director for the Center for Arkansas Studies, and he has served as a consultant for the Little Rock School District, Old State House Museum, and a number of other Arkansas-focused historical initiatives. He has focused attention on earning grant funding to teach American History and enrich professional development for history teachers in the area.
In addition to his work with Arkansas schools, Dr. Williams volunteers with LifeQuest of Arkansas, a group established to provide continuing education opportunities to older adults. His work with the Rotary Club of Little Rock â€“ a group which places â€śservice above selfâ€ť â€“ also impacts people both young and old.
Dr. Williams received a bachelorâ€™s degree in education from East Central State College in Oklahoma, a masterâ€™s degree in history from Wichita State University, and a doctorate in history from the University of Oklahoma. In 2003, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arkansas Historical Association. He is a member of the Arkansas History Association, the Organization of American Historians, and the Arkansas Council of Social Studies.