Wendi Williams

Physical Sciences / Geology, Division of Math and Science / Physical Sciences

South Texas College

I am a full time geology faculty member with South Texas College in their Physics department.  You may reach me using my STC e-mail: wwilliam@southtexascollege.edu  (due to software used by STC, purposefully no "s" on my last name in that address).  I am,  however, also still affiliated with both NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC / wwilliams@nwacc.edu) and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR / wjwilliams@ualr.edu ) in concurrent adjunct capacities.  Although I have been faculty with both 2YC and 4YCU institutions since ~1996, it was when I became part of a UALR cohort to learn and implement inclusive Universal Design techniques that I began to deliberately use multi-modal delivery and student-centered learning strategies with my undergraduate and graduate students.  It is now a “way of doing” that I have found to not only better engage all learning preferences and most persons with differing abilities, but to also make me much better prepared as I meet new students every term with less and less real-time new accessibility accommodation adaptations needed. Much of what I share with others (including many pre-/in-service K-12 teachers) such as community STEM educators (e.g. stakeholders involved with informal outreach at museums, nature centers, and water stewardship) and colleagues in the geosciences formal settings incorporates my over 15 years of experience with Universal Design; please check out  https://thebridge.agu.org/2016/10/12/q-wendi-williams-geoscience-diversity/ .

Workshop Participant, Webinar Participant, Website Contributor, Reviewer

Website Content Contributions

Activities (2)

Near to Us or Seemingly Far from You: South Padre Island as an Important Global Setting part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2019:Program:Share-a-Thon
Our curriculum team of community college students and myself will share activities developed to bring a better understanding of "sense of place" related to South Padre Island geo-ecosystems. One of the ...

Illustrating the Process of Science Using Leaf-Margin Analyses part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2018:Program:Share-a-Thon:Share-a-Thon Presentations
The activity is derived from a Smithsonian Institution Middle to High School lesson distributed approximately 10 years ago using Leaf-Margin Analyses on fossil leaves from Wyoming, U.S. (based on work by Dr. Scott ...

Course (1)

GEOL 1114 General Geology (Online Lecture with Hybrid Lab) part of Geoscience in Two-year Colleges:Courses
I facilitate two sections of a 4 semester unit General Geology course (lecture plus lab) in an online/hybrid format. Students take the traditional "lecture" portion online using a course management ...

Essay (1)

Promoting Student Success using Universal Design to Decrease Barriers in Higher Education part of SAGE 2YC:Workshops:Supporting Student Success in Geoscience at Two-year Colleges:Essays
I began teaching as a graduate student, and have since continued to grow in my understanding of content as well as educational design and delivery as faculty contributing to both 2-year and 4-year public institutions. Through the years I have become increasingly aware of the many kinds of diversity in my students: learning preferences, amount of college preparation, first generation college-bound, ages represented by concurrent enrollment as high school students through retirees, persons with disabilities, English language learners, and military active duty and/or veteran status. Early in my association with UA-Little Rock, Earth Science faculty joined a pilot program with the Disability Resource Center. "Project PACE" was funded by the U.S. Dept. of Ed and UALR to teach faculty to use Universal Design techniques in order to reduce barriers for the majority of students while increasing access to higher education. NCES (2013) indicates that students with some college courses or who achieve degrees become members of the workforce at higher rates. If redesigning our courses lower barriers, then our 2YC population benefits even more in the long term.

Conference Presentations (3)

NAGT Diversity Committee: Seeking Input Toward Enhancing Inclusion Efforts part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2018:Program:Poster Sessions:Friday
The National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) supports a community of educators and education researchers to improve teaching and learning about the Earth. Since 1938, the Association has been working ...

NAGT Advocacy: Outreach to Support Geoscience Education part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2018:Program:Poster Sessions:Wednesday
The National Association of Geoscience Teachers' (NAGT) mission has three primary goals: to improve geoscience education, to emphasize the relevance and cultural significance of the earth sciences, and to ...

Arkansas Adopts NGSS: Here's the How and What as of Now part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2016:Program:Poster Sessions:Tuesday
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) describe what students should know and be able to do in the sciences at all levels in the K-12 setting. Our community needs to engage and support educators at state and ...

Other Contributions (2)

Universal Design in Earth Education: Approaches to access and accommodation for a more inclusive STEM experience part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2018:Program:Morning Workshops:Universal Design in Earth Education
Overview This two-day morning professional development is for current and future K- Higher Education integrated STEM faculty on behalf of the International Association for Geoscience Diversity (http://theIAGD.org). ...

Inclusion in the Geosciences-Instructional Approaches to Access and Accommodation part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Afternoon Mini Workshops
A professional development opportunity for current and future K- Higher Education geoscience faculty on behalf of the International Association for Geoscience Diversity (http://www.theIAGD.org). Need strategies and ...

Communities

Member of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Midcontinent Section, Geo2YC: The Two-Year College Division, Geoscience Education Research Division, Teacher Education Division

Workshop Participant (29 workshops)

Earth Educators' Rendezvous 2019 Attendees
July 2019
Universal Design in Earth Education : Approaches to access and accommodation for a more inclusive STEM experience
July 2018
Earth Educators' Rendezvous 2018 Attendees
July 2018
Advancing Transdisciplinary Dialogue in Geoscience Education Research
July 2018
Building Pathways for Success: Supporting student transfer from 2YC to 4YCU
July 2017
Connecting Science to Issues of Sustainability and Environmental Justice
July 2017
ITG webinar Addressing Water Resources and Sustainability in Upper-level Undergraduate Courses
October 2016
EER 2016 GeoNeeds
July 2016
Implementing NGSS -Rendezvous15
July 2015
GSA 2014 4-Pack Geoscience and Society
October 2014
Supporting Student Success in Geoscience at Two-year Colleges
July 2013
SAGE2YC TX 2013 Workforce Workshop
May 2013
Career Development April 2012
April 2012
The Role of Two-Year Colleges in Geoscience Education Workshop 2010
June 2010
Geology and Human Health Workshop 2010
April 2010
Course Design Online 2006 Participants
July 2006
Teaching Petrology
July 2003
Data, Simulations, and Models Workshop 2002
December 2002
Early Career Workshop 2002
June 2002
Earth Educators Rendezvous 2018 mini-workshop: Paleobiology Database Educational Resources
Earth Educators Rendezvous 2019 mini-workshop: Spicing Up Your Assessments: Moving beyond exams
Earth Educators Rendezvous 2019 mini-workshop: Teaching Computation in the Geosciences using MATLAB
Ways to change your teaching activities to help our diverse student body to thrive Jul 18, 2016
Assessment Strategies - Rendezvous 16
EER 2019 Creating Videos mini-workshop participants
Maximizing the Value of Your Intro Course for K-12 Teachers - Rendezvous15
Teaching Intro Geosci with Data and Math in a Societal Context Using GETSI
Webinar: Supporting Elementary Teachers with the NGSS
Marine Geology Using GEODE

Webinar Participant (14 webinars)