Dr. Patricia Williams, a former faculty member at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, for 33 years, holds a bachelor’s degree in English and political science and a master’s degree in English from Sam Houston State University, along with a doctorate in English education from the University of Houston. She retired in May 2012. While as SHSU, she has served as Faculty Senate chair, SHSU Alumni Association president, Across-the-University Writing Program director, and the Academic Enrichment Center executive director (the University writing/reading/math/technology center).
Williams currently serves as the Phi Delta Kappa International president-elect. In addition, she is a member of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Scholarship Society’s National Council, and previously served as the national president for four years. She currently chairs the Classroom Management and Discipline SIG for the Association of Teacher Educators and is a member of the Texas World Fellowship Committee for Delta Kappa Gamma International.
During her career, Patricia has authored/coauthored approximately one hundred publications, including articles and books, and has made over three hundred presentations, including ones at the International Association of Special Education Conference in Hong Kong, the Oxford Round Table at Oxford University, and a two-day writing-across-the-curriculum workshop presentation for The Citadel faculty. In 2009, Self Magazine named Patricia as a runner-up for the “Women Doing Good Award,” and she felt she was in good company. The next year, Beyoncé Knowles received the award.