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 have been more recently affiliated with both NorthWest Arkansas Community College and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock  in concurrent adjunct capacities while raising my family.  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 17 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

Activity (1)

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 (4)

Near to Us or Seemingly Far from You: South Padre Island as an Important Global Setting part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous 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 ...

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 ...


Workshop Participant (39 workshops)

Teaching Online Introductory Geoscience Labs
July 2020
EER 2020 Supporting Student Wellness
July 2020
EER 2020 Implementing Virtual and Augmented Reality in the Classroom
July 2020

Webinar Participant (18 webinars)