Faculty Profile for Dr. Miriam F Williams
Biography and EducationPrior to her career in academia, she worked as a caseworker, health and safety inspector, policy analyst, policy writer/editor, and program administrator for State of Texas agencies. Her work in government agencies informs her teaching and research, which focus on public policy writing and plain language, social justice, intercultural communication, and community participation in environmental regulation. 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.
Research InterestsGovernment & Public Policy Writing, Technical Writing & Communication, Rhetoric, Race & Ethnicity
Selected Scholarly/Creative Work
- Williams, M. F., Gonzales, L., Walwema, J., Yu, H., Jones, N., & Haas, A. (n.d.). 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.
- Williams, M. F., & Jones, N. N. (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.
- 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 Recipient: College of Liberal Arts 2012 Runner-Up for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Service, Texas State University. January 2012
- 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
Hiring Committee for MATC Director
August 15, 2019-February 20, 2020
Conference on College Composition and Communication Outstanding Dissertation (CCCC) Award in Technical Communication Selection Committee
September 2019-January 31, 2020
Master of Arts in Technical Communication (MATC) Program
January 2013-August 2018
Texas State University Common Experience Committee: “From Segregation to Integration: Exploring Democracy’s Promise”
Presidential Fellow: Co-authored Texas State's successful proposal for reclassification to Emerging Research University.
September 2011-September 2012