Faculty Profile for Dr. Miriam F Williams

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Dr. Miriam F Williams
Professor — English
FH 132
phone: (512) 245-3015

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Miriam F. Williams is Professor of English and Associate Chair of Texas State University’s Department of English. She holds a B.S. in Economics and an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Houston, an M.A. in Technical Communication from Texas State University, and a Ph.D. in Technical Communication & Rhetoric from Texas Tech University. Prior to her career in academia, she worked as a caseworker, health and safety investigator, policy analyst, policy writer/editor, and program administrator for State of Texas agencies. Her books and articles focus on public policy writing, race and ethnicity, and critical analysis of historical discourse. Her publications include articles in Technical Communication, Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Technical Communication Quarterly, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, and Programmatic Perspectives. Her co-edited book with Dr. Octavio Pimentel, Communicating Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in Technical Communication, received CCCC’s 2016 Best Original Collection of Essays in Scientific and Technical Communication award and her co-authored article with Dr. Natasha Jones won the CCCC’s 2020 Best Article Reporting Historical Research or Textual Studies in Technical award. She is a Fellow of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing and Editor-in-Chief of the Society for Technical Communication's journal, Technical Communication.

Research Interests

Government & Public Policy Writing, Technical Writing & Communication, Rhetoric, Race & Ethnicity

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Gonzales, L., Walwema, J., Yu, H., Jones, N., & Williams, M. F. (2021). Narratives from the Margins: Centering Women of Color in Technical Communication. In Equipping Technical Communicators for Social Justice Work: Theories, Methodologies, and Pedagogies. Eds. Godwin Agboka and Rebecca Walton.
  • Jones, N. N., & Williams, M. F. (2018). Technologies of Disenfranchisement: Literacy tests and Black voters in the U.S. from 1890-1965. Technical Communication, Volume 65(Issue 4).
  • Williams, M. F., & Jones, N. N. (2017). The Social Justice Impact of Plain Language: A Critical Approach to Plain Language Analysis. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Transactions on Professional Communication Journal, 412–429. https://doi.org/10.1109/TPC.2017.2762964
  • Williams, M. F., & Pimentel, O. (2014). Communicating Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in Technical Communication. Amityville, NY: Baywood Technical Communications Book Series-Routledge.
  • Williams, M. F., & Pimentel, O. (2012). Guest Edited Special Issue of JBTC: Race, Ethnicity, and Technical Communication: Examining Multicultural Issues within the United States. Journal of Business and Technical Communication (12th-Jul ed., Vol. 26, pp. 271–276). Journal of Business and Technical Communication.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Best Article Reporting Historical Research or Textual Studies in Technical and Scientific Communication Natasha N. Jones and Miriam F. Williams, “Technologies of Disenfranchisement: Literacy Tests and Black Voters in the US from 1890 to 1965,” Technical Communication, 2018, CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication Awards. March 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Elevated to Fellow of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, http://attw.org/about-attw/attw-fellows/2017-miriam-f-williams/. March 15, 2017
  • Award / Honor Recipient: 2016 CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication Award in the category of Best Original Collection of Essays in Technical or Scientific Communication for Communicating Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in Technical Communication, Conference on College Composition and Communication. January 1, 2014 - January 1, 2016
  • Award / Honor Nominee: CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication Award, Best Article on Philosophy or Theory of Technical or Scientific Communication. 2012 - 2013
  • Award / Honor Nominee: CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication Award, Best Book in Technical or Scientific Communication. 2010 - 2011

Selected Grants

  • Williams, Miriam F (Co-Principal), Jones, Bronte (Co-Principal). Hearst Foundation Scholarship at Huston-Tillotson University, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, $100000. (Funded: 2002). Grant.
  • Williams, Miriam F (Co-Principal), Bud, Eric (Co-Principal). “UNCF Professional Development Grant” at Huston-Tillotson University, United Negro College Fund, Other, $99000. (Funded: 2002). Grant.
  • Williams, Miriam F (Co-Principal), Russ, Muchere (Co-Principal), Hudson, Julie (Co-Principal). “Reaching Back to Discover” at Huston-Tillotson University, $50000. (Funded: 2002). Grant.
  • Williams, Miriam F (Co-Principal), Smith, Terry (Co-Principal). “UNCF Technology Grant” at Huston-Tillotson University, United Negro College Fund, $142000. (Funded: 2002). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Editor
Editor-in-Chief of the Society for Technical Communication's journal, Technical Communication
December 1, 2020-Present
Member
Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) Best New Journal Awards Committee
September 2021-November 2021
Director
Master of Arts in Technical Communication (MATC) Program
January 2013-August 2018
Member
Presidential Fellow: Co-authored Texas State's successful proposal for reclassification to Emerging Research University.
September 2011-September 2012
Special Issues Editor
Journal of Technical Writing and Communication
August 2021-Present