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Wendy Williams

Biography

Wendy R. Williams is an interdisciplinary scholar who is interested in the ways that young people are empowered through writing, literature, and the arts. Her research examines creative multimodal writing (e.g., songwriting, spoken word poetry, visual narratives) from a sociocultural perspective, and she often employs narrative/arts-based approaches to research (Barone & Eisner, 2006). Professor Williams is the author of Listen to the Poet: Writing, Performance, and Community in Youth Spoken Word Poetry (2018, University of Massachusetts Press), and her work has appeared in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult LiteracyEnglish JournalPedagogies: An International JournalContemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher EducationLanguage ArtsTeaching Young Adult Literature Today (2nd ed.), Literature for Today’s Young Adults (9th ed.), and Screen Lessons

Professor Williams teaches in ASU's Master's in Narrative Studies program and has developed many courses in English, including ENG 446/520: Visual Narratives, ENG 484/584: Mentoring Youth Writers, ENG 505: Narrative Research Methods, ENG 466: Studio Ghibli Films (Spring 2019), and ENG 473: Critical Approaches to Children's Literature. She has also taught ENG 471: Literature for Young Adults, ENG 480: Methods of Teaching English Composition, ENG 482: Methods of Teaching English Language, and ENG 101/102: First-Year Composition. Professor Williams enjoys overseeing honors projects and independent studies and mentoring graduate students. Before becoming an assistant professor in 2015, she taught high school and middle school English for nine years. 

Education

Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction: English Education, Arizona State University 2015

 

 

Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 446Visual Narratives
ENG 484Internship
ENG 520Visual Narratives
ENG 584Internship
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 505Narrative Research Methods
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 473Crit Approaches Children's Lit
ENG 484Internship
ENG 499Individualized Instruction
ENG 584Internship
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 394Special Topics
ENG 394Special Topics
ENG 471Literature for Young Adults
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 101First-Year Composition
ENG 394Special Topics
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 394Special Topics
ENG 482Methods of Teaching: Language
ENG 493Honors Thesis
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 471Literature for Young Adults
ENG 480Methods Teaching English: Comp
ENG 492Honors Directed Study
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 482Methods of Teaching: Language
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 101First-Year Composition
ENG 482Methods of Teaching: Language
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 480Methods Teaching English: Comp
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 101First-Year Composition
Service

Professor Williams serves on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, is a member of the NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing Advisory Committee, and has reviewed conference proposals for several national organizations, including NCTE, NCTEAR, LRA, and AERA. In Fall 2017, she launched ASU's Young Authors' Studio, a free Saturday writing program for students in grades 5-12 led by college students enrolled in ENG 484/584: Mentoring Youth Writers. In Spring 2017, she organized ASU's Sparky Slam, a spoken word poetry competition for youth poets. These programs continue to be offered each year.