Cynthia Williams

I learn from students whose life experiences are different from mine and enjoy helping them to improve their writing or their understanding of literature.

Cynthia Williams, PhD

Faculty

Biography

Dr. Cynthia Williams is lead faculty in the Communication Arts department that is part of the Division of General Education at Ashford University. She holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary English and History from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), a Master’s degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Texas, and a Bachelor’s degree in English and Professional Writing from Missouri State University. Dr. Williams began her career as the Interim Coordinator for an English Second Language program at UMKC. She then moved into a teaching position in their English department. After that, she worked as an Assistant Professor at Park University for 12 years.

At Ashford, she has taught both English and history courses and says, “I decided to teach since I loved the invigorating atmosphere of education. When I was a student, I felt the best teachers were ones who did not ‘dumb down’ the conversations and who listened to students and entered Socratic discussions with them. I try to be that kind of teacher, who pushes students to think way beyond the box and to reevaluate their assumptions and the information they receive on a daily basis. I learn from students whose life experiences are different from mine and enjoy helping them to improve their writing or their understanding of literature. I like how Ashford supports its teachers through the Instructional Specialists; the university seems committed to its students and faculty in creating a successful online learning environment.” Dr. Williams lives just outside of Westcliffe, CO, in a small town at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. She has five dogs, three cats, and a Tennessee Walker horse. She enjoys participating in competitive trail riding, reading and writing poetry and fiction, hiking, going to movies, and traveling.

Education

Degree
Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary English and History
Institution
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Degree
Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing
Institution
University of Texas
Degree
Bachelor of Arts in English and Professional Writing
Institution
Missouri State University

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