Julia M. Williams joined the faculty of the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1992, then assumed duties as Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment in 2005. In 2016, she was appointed Interim Dean of Cross-Cutting Programs and Emerging Opportunities. She retured to the classroom in 2019. Her experience in undergraduate teaching began in 1985 when she taught English Composition at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, then continued through her graduate years at Emory University, where she received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Throughout her career at Rose-Hulman, she has blended her work in the classroom with work in assessment. Williams’ publications on assessment, engineering and professional communication, and tablet PCs have appeared in the Journal of Engineering Education, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, Technical Communication Quarterly, and The Impact of Tablet PCs and Pen-based Technologies in the Classroom, among others. She has been awarded grants from Microsoft, HP, the Engineering Communication Foundation, and NSF. She has also collaborated with colleagues at Rose-Hulman and at the University of Washington Center for Evaluation & Research in STEM Equity (CERSE) to support the work of the Revolutionizing Engineering and Computer Science Departments (RED) grant recipients. Williams has received numerous awards including the 2015 Schlesinger Award (IEEE Professional Communication Society), and the 2010 Sterling Olmsted Award (ASEE Liberal Education Division).

Teaching Interests

  • Engineering and professional communication
  • British literature

Research Experiences

  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Engineering workplace communication
  • Change theory and practice in higher education

Publications & Presentations

  • “Evaluating what students know: Using the RosE portfolio system for institutional and program outcomes assessment,” IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication 53 (1), 46-57
  • “The Engineering Portfolio: Communication, Reflection, and Student Learning Outcomes Assessment,” International Journal of Engineering Education 18 (2), 199-207
  • Making Academic Change Happen Workshop-on the Rose-Hulman Campus, 2012, 2013, 2016; for the Malaysian Ministry of Education, 2015; at ASEE, 2014 and 2015
  • Williams, J. and Andrijcic, E., “’I Survived the Crisis!’ - Using Real World Scenarios to Teach Crisis Leadership Skills to Undergraduate Engineering Students,” ASEE Annual Conference, New Orleans, 2016
  • Williams, J. and Ingram, E., “Leadership Development in Change: A Panel to Explore Experiences, Skills, and Learning in Change Management for New Engineering Educators,” ASEE Annual Conference, Seattle, 2015

Awards & Honors

  • Emily K Schlesinger Award for Service to the IEEE Professional Communication Society, 2015
  • Board of Trustees Outstanding Scholar, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2008

Academic Degrees

  • BA, Trinity University, 1984
  • Diploma in Anglo-Irish Literature, Trinity College, 1985
  • MA, Emory University, 1990
  • PhD, Emory University, 1992
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