Karri J. Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Reading Education

Office: Brevard

Phone: 321-433-7922


Professional Summary

Karri Williams has been at UCF since 1984; she teaches reading, language arts, and children's literature courses for elementary education undergraduate and graduate programs. She is Reading Education Coordinator; she is also the Elementary Education Coordinator for UCF-Cocoa Campus. She has conducted numerous inservices for area schools and presented at state, regional, and national conferences. Topics of presentation often include: teaching writing, developing reading comprehension, and integrating phonics instruction within a literature-based classroom. She has published several articles and a book chapter. Dr. Williams is a member of the International Reading Association, National Council of Teachers of English, and Florida Reading Association; she is currently the Brevard Campus advisor for the student chapter of Association of Childhood Education International, and, in the past, she served as a liaison to the Board of Directors for Florida Reading Association and as president of Brevard Reading Council. Prior to coming to UCF, she taught in grades 5-12 and community college. She earned her Ph.D. in Reading (minor in Linguistics) from University of Arizona, Master of Education in Secondary Education (Reading Emphasis) from Mississippi State University, and B.S. in English Education from Delta State University.

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