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Julia Williams

Interim Dean of Cross-Cutting Programs and Emerging Opportunities (CCPEO)

Julia Williams teaches English and is the executive director of the Office of Institutional Research, Planning & Assessment. Her areas of expertise include engineering communication, assessment and evaluation, electronic portfolios, and the use of tablets and collaboration-facilitating software. Williams is committed to fostering effective communication in engineering and she has received a number of awards for her work in assessment, engineering, and professional communication, including the Board of Trustees͛ Outstanding Scholar Award. She co-directs the campus͛ Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD) Program, which expands student leadership skills through hands-on activities, and the Making Academy Change Happen Workshop, an annual summer program that brings together college leaders to find new ways to improve academic initiatives to their campuses. Check out her personal web page.

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