Dr. Alexis Y. Williams heads the Academic Peer Mentor Program (AMP), TLTC's first undergraduate training program for teaching and learning. She has also served in assessment design and implementation for the Elevate Fellows course redesign initiative. Her work supports course-level faculty and student collaboration for active learning as well as program-level assessment and evaluation.
Supplemental Professional Background
Prior to her current position, Dr. Williams was a lecturer in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland, College Park. She also served as Assistant Director for PROF-it (Professors-in-Training), a University System of Maryland teaching professional development program designed for STEM graduate students and postdocs, and open to any who are interested in academia.
Understanding creative and connected teaching and engaged mentorship have become Dr. Williams’ professional passions. She has taught at the university level for eight years in the content areas of developmental science and educational psychology. She also served as a mentor for the NSF-funded PROMISE program: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) and as Coordinator of Graduate Programs for the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center (TLTC; formerly the Center for Teaching Excellence).
Dr. Williams enjoys teaching about teaching. Her dissertation work surveyed high school teachers, analyzing the connections between teachers' beliefs about students and teachers' own efficacy and emotional experiences in the classroom. Through her research, mentorship, and teaching in the areas of achievement motivation and the scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL), she has learned that teachers’ social and emotional development are at least as essential as content knowledge and teaching skills for the success of any student.
Brief Summary of Interests
Achievement motivation, motivation and affect in teaching, the scholarship of teaching and learning, mentorship models for students and educators, and professional support of all students, with special emphasis for those from underrepresented backgrounds in STEM and beyond