Wendi J. W. Williams

Dept of Physical Sciences and Engineering

South Texas College

I am a full time geology faculty member with South Texas College in their Physical Sciences and Engineering department.  You may reach me using my STC e-mail: wwilliam@southtexascollege.edu .  I have been 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 and community STEM educators (e.g. stakeholders involved with informal outreach at museums, nature centers, water stewardship, as well as part of the Texas Master Naturalists South Texas Border Chapter) and colleagues in the geosciences formal settings incorporates my over 18 years of experience with Universal Design. Please check out an interview with AGU The Bridge series at https://thebridge.agu.org/2016/10/12/q-wendi-williams-geoscience-diversity/ and the more recent NAGT Professional Webinar 28 April 2021 about inclusion at https://nagt.org/nagt/profdev/webinars/stem_inclusion/index.html for recorded / file presentation and resources in several alternative formats demonstrating how to better engage students including persons with apparent and non apparent disabilities.  I have been a NAGT Executive Councilor and continue to serve NAGT by contributing to the Advocacy Committee as well as the Teacher Education Division Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. I also continue to be part of the International Association for Geoscience Diversity (www.theiagd.org) leadership team and assist with representing IAGD for the AGI Council as well as Inter-Society Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

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 (5)

Inclusive Universal Design Applied to Introductory Geosciences Learning Spaces part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2021:Program:Poster Sessions:Wednesday:Poster Session III
Overviews and generalized examples of how to apply Universal Design in Instruction (UDI) with embedded strategies to diminish barriers for Persons with Disabilities have been shared during earlier Earth Educator ...

Other Contributions (3)

Poster Session III: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2021:Program:Poster Sessions:Wednesday:Poster Session III
This poster session will be held from 11:15-11:45am PT / 12:15-12:45pm MT / 1:15-1:45pm CT / 2:15-2:45pm ET on Wednesday. All Rendezvous participants are invited to attend. Sessions will include 4-6 posters on ...

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 (49 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 (28 webinars)

EDDIE Assessing Quantitative Reasoning Webinar May 2021
May 2021
Project EDDIE Assessing Quantitative Reasoning
May 2021
Recent and Ongoing Efforts of the NAGT Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee
May 2021