Research Associate and Graduate Program Recruitment Coordinator
Room 376B McNH
1985 Buford Ave
St Paul, MN 55108
Areas of Interest
Effectively engaging diversity within undergraduate classrooms, creating inclusive learning environments
Rhiannon D. Williams is currently a Research Associate and Graduate Program Recruitment Coordinator for the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning at the U of M. In 2010, she received her PhD in Educational Policy and Administration with a focus on Comparative and International Development Education from the University of Minnesota.
Her current research within the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning includes understanding the dynamics around more effectively engaging diversity within undergraduate classrooms, creating inclusive excellence learning environments, and supporting students’ learning and development within college intercultural learning spaces.
Her main research interests include access and equity in education (K-12, & Higher Education), support and retention of marginalized students in higher education, internationalization of higher education curriculum, children’s rights, and early childhood education (both domestic and international). As a student at the U of M, she was involved in several research projects; Study Abroad Curriculum Integration, Learning Communities, the Quality in Early Childhood Family and Day Care Settings (QUINCE) project in Minnesota, the SUPER (Save University Partnership in Educational Research) project in the Philippines, and assessment of the First-Year Experience program in the College of Education and Human Development. She completed and defended her dissertation titled Constructions of equitable notions of quality in early childhood care and development from two communities in the Philippines: Local practices of bayanihan and dagyaw in the spring of 2010.
Ph.D., Comparative and International Development Education, University of Minnesota
M.A., Comparative and International Development Education, University of Minnesota
B.S., Molecular Biology & B.S., Psychology, University of Illinois
What Motivates My Work?
What can students expect from me?
What Guides My Research and Teaching Agendas?
Lee, A., Williams, R., & Kilaberia, R., (2012). Engaging Diversity in First-Year College Classrooms. Innovative Higher Education. DOI: 10.1007/s10755-011-9195-7.
Lee, A., Poch, B., Shaw, M., & Williams, R. (2012). Engaging Diversity in Undergraduate Classrooms: A Pedagogy for Developing Intercultural Competence. ASHE Monograph Series: Josey-Bass.
Jehangir, R., Williams, R., & Pete, J. (2012). The Influence of Multicultural Learning Communities on the Intrapersonal Development of First-Generation College Students. Journal of College Student Development.
Lee, A., Jie, Y., & Williams, R. (2010). Common Book: Practical Strategy for Supporting Student Learning and Success. E-Source for College Transitions.
DeJaeghere, J., Williams, R., Keyuene, R. (2008). Ugandan Secondary School Headteachers’ Efficacy: What kind of training for whom? International Journal of Educational Development.
Woodruff, G., Williams, R., Van de Berg, M., Dohm, T. (2005). Evaluating Campus Efforts to Internationalize the Curriculum. Internationalizing Undergraduate Education: Integrating Study Abroad into the Curriculum. University of Minnesota: Minneapolis Minnesota.
NAFSA Conference(May 2013)- St. Louis, MO- “Involving Faculty in the Process of Assessing Students’ Intercultural Competence”
ASHE Conference (November 2012)- Las Vegas, NV- “Shifting Discourses of Diversity and Equity in Higher Education”
FYE Conference (February, 2013)- Orlando, FL- “Creating a Vibrant & Sustainable Common Book Program in CEHD”
NAFSA Conference (May 2013)- St. Louis, MO- “University Models for Measuring Internationalization”
Re-imagining ECCD within the Philippines: Case Study of two communities”. American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA, April 8, 2009.