I have several research agendas that are centralized around the theme of teacher development.  I am interested in examining the various trajectories of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) teachers as they develop their professional identities. More specifically, I am interested in the development of those teachers who serve students with disabilities and African American students.

Recent works include

Williams, D. & Pappy, C. (2017, April).  Family Engagement in a Culturally Responsive Classroom. Invited presentation at the National Council of Teachers of Annual Meeting and Exposition, San Antonio, TX.

Edwards, B. & Williams, D. (2016, July). From stem professional to stem teacher: Developing a professional identity and cultural competence. Paper presented at the International Congress on Mathematical Education, Hamburg, Germany.

Edwards, B. & Williams, D. (2016, April). Professional Identity and Cultural Competence Development among STEM Professionals. Paper presented at the Research Pre-session of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting and Exposition, San Francisco, CA.

Williams, D. & Ligon, K. (2016, January). Impacting change on day one: The power of clinical internships on teacher development. Paper presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Education. Honolulu, HI.

Williams, D., Edwards, B., Kuhel, K., Epps, A., & Hartley, D. Increasing Mathematics Teachers for ALL Students.  National Science Foundation Grant, $896,765. June 1, 2009 through May 31, 2013.