Assistant Professor of Education; Chair of Curriculum and Instruction
Office: Peterson Hall 405
Education: BA, Whitworth College, 1992; MEd, Northwest Nazarene, 1993; EdD, Washington State University, 2009. At SPU since 2010.
Tracy Williams focuses on learning and teaching though the roles of teacher leaders in schools and districts in Washington State.
Dr. Williams began to explore the roles of teachers in fostering learning in classrooms upon graduation from Whitworth College. A Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Northwest Nazarene University informed much of her work in seeking to understand the impact of teaching on student achievement. Mentoring early career teachers became a hallmark of her professional service in the Walla Walla public schools as she developed a partnership program that garnered national acclaim. She served Spokane public schools with a focus on improving student learning.
Dr. Williams' research agenda was fashioned through a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at Washington State University with a focus on teacher leaders. She continues to research and teach about issues in teacher leadership.
Dr. Williams is chair of the Master’s degree program for Curriculum and Instruction at Seattle Pacific University’s School of Education. She teaches courses in research based instructional design, teacher leadership, as well as other professional and researched topics in education.
- Parrish, S., & Williams, T. (2011). "Partnership in Science Education: Whitman Science Faculty and Walla Walla Valley Middle School Teachers." Curriculum in Context, 37(1), 6-8.
- Lumpe, A.T., Wicks, D., & Williams, T. (July, 2011). "bPortfolios: Blog Portfolios and Self-Tagging as Reflective Practice for Teachers." A paper presented at the Sloan-C International Symposium on Emerging Technology Applications for Online Learning, San Jose, California.
- Williams, T. (April, 2011). "Teacher Leaders in Formal Roles: A Qualitative Study." A paper presented in the session "Beyond the Classroom: Exploring Effects of Teacher Leadership" at the 2012 American Educational Association’s (AERA) annual meeting.
Please view Dr. Williams' C.V. (PDF) for additional publications.
Why I Teach at SPU
Tracy Williams, Assistant Professor of Education; Chair of Curriculum and Instruction
"I teach because the impact of teachers on student learning was clear from my earliest days in school. Accomplished teachers create ways for learners to explore and add to their assets in ways that open doors for lifelong pursuits. Each child, created in the image of God, is worthy of tremendous investment by adults in the system. Connecting teacher learning to student learning is a way to increase the positive impact."