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Dr. Peter Williams

Interim Department Head & Associate Professor

Educational Leadership

Office Location: Frank Young Education North, #113

Phone: 903-886-5520


Professional Vita



Peter Williams has 35 years of experience teaching adults in various contexts including English as a Second Language in Honduras, literacy education in correctional education, and leadership research in doctoral programs. He ran his own consulting business, has held leadership roles in higher ed, and since 2009 has mentored doctoral students. With a Ph.D. in Human Resource Development, his research interests include adult learning, working and leading in distributed and culturally diverse environments, social support, and the intersection of spirituality and leadership. He is active in the International Leadership Association and the Academy of Human Resource Development. 


  • BA in Spanish from Sam Houston State University (English minor) 

  • M.Ed. in School Supervision from Abilene Christian University (ESL minor) 

  • PhD in Educational Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University (Adult and Distance Learning) 


  • 1982-1991 Teacher of ESL, English, Spanish 

  • 1991-1998: ESL Curriculum Coordinator, Windham Schools 

  • 1998-2000 Coordinator of Online Programs, TAMU Center for Distance Learning Research 

  • 2000-2003 Director of Distance Learning, Rogers State University 

  • 2003-2009 Owner, Consultant Instructional Design and Training Development 

  • 2009-2013 Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership, University of La Verne 

  • 2013-2015 Dissertation Chair, Northcentral University 

  • 2015-2020 Assistant Dean, EdD Program Director & Professor of Leadership, Abilene Christian University 


  • Podcast for doctoral students: Doc101 at 

  • Institutional Review Board (University of La Verne, ACU, TAMU-C) 

  • Writing Center Review Committee (ACU) 

  • EdD Curriculum Committee (ACU, 2015-2020) 

  • EdD Program Director (ACU, 2015-2018) 

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