Faculty and Staff Profiles

Robert L. Williamson, Ed.D
Asst Professor, Instruction Curriculum Leadership
Email: rwllmsn1@memphis.edu
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Profile

Dr. Williamson has been supporting people with disabilities for over 20 years in various capacities. He is currently serving as an Asst. Professor of Special Education at The University of Memphis. His research interests involve mobile teaching and learning, ubiquitous mobile supports for students with disabilities, educator preparation and teacher/community collaboration with an emphasis on school to adult life transition.

Additional Information

Twitter: @agileassyst

Education
  • Bachelor of Arts Political Science - The University of California at Davis - 1995
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Instruction and Curriculum Leadership - The University of Memphis - 2005
  • Doctor of Education Instruction and Curriculum Leadership - The University of Memphis - 2009

Work Experience

  • Special Education Teacher, Exceptional Children - Shelby County Schools - 2002-2008
  • Instructor, Special Education - The University of Memphis - 2008-2009
  • Asst. Professor, Intervention Services - Bowling Green State University - 2009-2011
  • Asst. Professor, Special Education - The University of Memphis - 2011-Present
Honors/Awards
  • Fellow - The University of Memphis Institute on Disability - 2012
  • AAMR: C.W. Spence Award - SE-AAMR - 2003

Teaching Experience

  • Residency II (edTPA SPED & Literacy Prep) - The University of Memphis
  • Residency I for Teacher Candidates - The University of Memphis
  • Assistive Technology for Inclusive Educational Settings - The University of Memphis
  • Classroom Behavior Management - The University of Memphis
  • Assessment of Exceptional Children (U) - Bowling Green State University
  • Assessment of Exceptional Children (U,G) - The University of Memphis
  • Introduction to Exceptional Learners (U) - Bowling Green State University
  • Introduction to Exceptional Learners (U,G) - The University of Memphis (G)
  • Methods of Teaching Students with Leaning Disabilities - The University of Memphis
  • Methods of Teaching Students with Mental Retardation (G) - The University of Memphis
  • Practicum in Special Education (G) - The University of Mempihis
  • Methods of Teaching Students with Emotional and Behavior Disorders (U) - The University of Memphis
  • Methods of Teaching Students with Severe and Profound Disabilities (U, G) - Bowling Green State University
  • Collaboration between Families and Professionals (U, G) - Bowling Green State University
  • Medical Mgt of Students with Moderate to Intensive Disabilities (U,G) - Bowling Green State University
  • Supervision of Student Teaching (U,G) - Bowling Green State University
  • Methods: Literacy for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities - The University of Memphis

Student Advising/Mentoring

  • Ed.D - Jennifer Blassengame - Committee Member - 2011
  • Ed.D (ABA) - Kristen McLeod - Committee Member - 2012
  • M.S. (CIS) - Scott Dover - Master - 2011
  • M.Ed - Michael Schaff - Committee/Thesis Chair - 2011
  • M.S. (ABA) - William Justice - Thesis Committee Member - 2013

Creative Activities

  • Developed Cognitive Prosthetic for People with Cognitive Disabilities - 2009-2011 - Bowling Green State University - Patent Pending

Support

  • Faculty Research Grant-Co-PI - University of Memphis Provost Office - $6000. - 2012-2013

Outreach

  • Differentiating Instruction with Technology Workshop - Various teachers from local schools - March 20, 2014 - T3 Memphis Teacher Workshop Series
  • Teaching Children with Austim Spectrum Disorders - Memphis Central High School Teachers - October 16, 2013 - Shelby County Schools
  • Teaching Free Time Routines to Individuals with Severe Disabilities - Staff Training for The Exceptional Foundation of West Tennessee - May 31, 2013 - Exceptional Foundation of West Tennessee
  • Reshaping challenging behaviors into engaged learning in the inclusive classroom - Local Teachers and Administrators - Nov. 1, 2012 - DSAM-Down Syndrome Assn. of Memphis
  • TN-STEP: Behavior Apps - Local Parent Conference - 2011 - TN-STEP
  • Training: Video Modeling and Adv. Technologies - LCBDD invited attendees - 2011 - LCBDD and the University of Toledo
  • Parent Training Course Update - NAMI of Greater Toledo - 2010 - NAMI of Greater Toledo
  • Curriculum Advisory Committee Member - UT, AMS, Adult Service Agencies, BGSU - 2010-2011 - Autism Model School of Toledo
  • Board Member of The Exceptional Foundation of West Tennessee - n/a - 2011-2013 - The Exceptional Foundation of West Tennessee
Service
  • TN Council for Behavior Disorders - Secretary - 2013-2014
  • TN Council for Exceptional Children - Treasurer - 2011-2013
  • Journal of Assistive Technology - Article Reviewer - 2012-2013
  • American Educational Research Association - Reviewer for National Conference - 2013
  • The University of Memphis - Faculty - Staff Development Advisory Committee (Co-Chair) - 2013-2014
  • The University of Memphis - Effective On-Line Teaching Committee Member - 2013-2014
  • The University of Memphis - Co-Chair Tenure Track Special Education Search Committee - 2012-2013
  • The University of Memphis - Faculty - Staff Development Advisory Committee Member - 2011-2013
  • Bowling Green State University - Multicultural Incentives Committee Member - 2009-2011
  • Bowling Green State University - Tenure Track Special Ed. Search Committee Member - 2010-2011
  • Bowling Green State University - Research Development Council - 2010-2011
  • Bowling Green State University - Early Childhood Inclusive General Special Education Class Development - 2010-2011
  • Bowling Green State University - University Standing Committee on Information Technology - 2010-2011
  • Bowling Green State University - Election Committee Chair - 2009-2010
  • Bowling Green State University - Tenure and Promotion Guidelines Rewrite Committee - 2009-2010
Consulting
  • Fayette County Schools Autism Training - July, 2009
  • BASE-TN: Praxis Training - June, 2009
  • Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio-Grant - 2010-2011
Books Published/Reviewed
  • Casey, L. B., & Williamson, R. L. (2012). Chapter: A parent’s guide to support technologies for preschool students with disabilities. Child development and the use of technology: Perspectives, applications and experiences (pp. 271-287). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.
Journal Articles
  • Williamson, R.L. (In Press). Innovative Research Financing for the 21st Century: A case narrative in how technology transfer and entrepreneurship supported the development of a prototype cognitive prosthetic, Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship
  • Casey, L.B., Williamson, R.W., Black, T. & Casey, C. (2014). Teaching Written Expression in the Inclusive High School Classroom: Strategies to Assist Students with Disabilities. National FORUM of Applied Educational Research, 27(1 & 2), 45-56
  • Hunter, W., Jasper, A.D., & Williamson, R.L. (in press). Utilizing middle school common planning time to support inclusive environments. Intervention in School and Clinic.
  • Christensen, J.D., Robertson, J.S., Williamson, R.L., & Hunter, L.B. (2013). Preparing Educational Leaders for Special Education Success: Principals’ Perspectives, The Researcher, 25(1), 94-107
  • Casey, Williamson, Black, Hayes, Winsor & McClure (2013). Educators’ Readiness to Teach Children with ASD in an Inclusive Classroom, The Researcher, 25(1), 67-78
  • Meindl, Miller, Ivy, Neef, & Williamson (2013). An Examination of Stimulus Control in Fluency- Based Instruction: SAFMEDS and Generalization, Journal of Behavioral Education, DOI 10.1007/s10864-013-9172-6
  • Casey, L., Reeves, K. & Williamson, R.L. (2013). Readability of documents provided to urban parents. Journal of Urban Education, 64-80
  • Williamson, R.L., Casey, L B., Robertson, J. & Buggey, T. (2013). Video Self-Modeling in Children with Autism: A Pilot Study Validating Prerequisite Skills and Extending the Utilization of VSM across Skill Sets, Assistive Technology, 25(1), DOI: 10.1080/10400435.2012.712604
  • Casey, L., Robertson, J., Williamson, R.L., Serio, C. & Elswick, S. (2011). Spending Instructional Time Wisely: A Case Study Using Brief Intervention Probes to Determine the Most Effective Strategy. Canadian Journal of Education, 34(3),33-46
  • Baylot Casey, L & Williamson, R (2011): Training Parents as Effective Literacy Tutors: Increasing the Procedural Integrity of Tutoring, Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 19(3), 257-276
  • Williamson, R.L., Robertson, J.S. & Casey, L.B. (2010). Using a dynamic systems approach to investigating postsecondary education and employment outcomes for transitioning students with disabilities. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 33, 101-111. doi: 10.3233/JVR-2010-0519
Presentations
  • Hunter, W.H., Williamson, R.L., Smith, C. & Casey, L.P. (2014). iPods, Apps, and Education: Examining Self-Monitoring Strategies for Students with Exceptionalities, Poster session presented at the meeting of The Counsel for Exceptional Children's National Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Williamson, R.L. & Casey, L. (2014). iPads and Autism: Examining iPad-based AAC on the Ability to Mand. Poster session presented at the meeting of The Counsel for Exceptional Children's National Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Williamson, R.L., Hunter, W.H., Casey, L.P. & Smith, C. (2014). It All Depends: Applying Quantitative Analysis to Special Education Research. Paper session presented at the meeting of The Counsel for Exceptional Children's National Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Hunter, W., Murley, R. & Williamson, R.L. (2014). Assessing Numbered Heads Together as a Primary Instructional Strategy Within Multi-tiered Interventions, Partners in Education State Special Education Conference, Nashville, TN
  • Williamson, R.L., Hunter, W., Casey, L., Smith, C. & Perry, C. (2013). iPods, Apps & Education: Examining Self-monitoring Strategies for Students with Exceptionalities. Tennessee Association for Assistive Technologies State Conference, Murfreesboro, TN
  • Williamson, R & Hunter, W (2013). The Effective Use of Cell Phones as Assistive Technology in the Classroom, Tennessee Association for Assistive Technology State Conference, Murfreesboro, TN
  • Frame, Smith, Williamson, Casey & Langford (2013). Emergency Department Visits & Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, TN Applied Behavior Analysis State Conference, Nashville, TN
  • Hunter, Williamson, Casey, Smith & Perry (2013). Evaluating the Use of Technology and Self-Management Interventions for Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, TN-Council for Exceptional Children State Conference, Nashville, TN
  • Hunter, Williamson, Stratton & Jasper (2013). Utilizing Middle School Common Planning Time to Support Inclusive Environments, TN-Council for Exceptional Children State Conference, Nashville, TN
  • Frame, K., Langford, E., Smith, B., Williamson, R.L., & Casey, L.B. (2013). Research at UofM: ABA Department. West Tennessee Applied Behavior Analysis Regional Conference, Arlington, TN
  • Smith, Robertson, Singleton & Williamson (2013). Decreasing Time Spent in In-School Suspension Using Function-Based Interventions, Council for Exceptional Children National Conference, San Antonio TX
  • Williamson, R.L., Chang, J.Y., Casey, L.B., Hunter, W. & Smith, C. (2013). : Autism, iPads and Self-Advocacy: Examining AAC’s effect on the ability to ‘mand’. Association for Behavior Analysis International Conference, Portland, OR
  • Williamson, R.L. (2012). “Smart Apps: Demonstrating Technology Connecting People to Automated Mobile Supports”: 2012 Annual Information Technology & Autism Spectrum Disorders. Valencia, Spain, July 3-5, 2012
  • Williamson, R.L. (2012). Smart Apps: Demonstrating Technology Connecting People to Automated Mobile Supports. TN Council for Exceptional Children, Nashville, TN
  • Williamson, R.L. (2012). iPads and Apps: Teaching for Successful Transitions using “i" Technologies, TN Council for Exceptional Children, Nashville, TN
  • Memphis City Schools, University of Memphis Institute on Disability, University of Memphis College of Education (Williamson representing) (2012) Annual Special Education Conference (TN). College Campus Transition Program: Success Through Effective Community Partnerships. Nashville, TN
  • Williamson, R.L., (2011). There’s No App for That! Revised presentation given at the University of Memphis Mobile Teaching and Learning Conference, October 18, 2011, Memphis, TN
  • Williamson, R.L. (2011). Emerging Technologies and People with Disabilities. Solicited speaker at Dual Diagnosis Conference, Lima, Ohio
  • Robertson, J., Casey, L.B., Reeves, K., Smith, C. & Williamson, R.L., (2011). Does Alternative Preparation of Special Education Teachers Impact Teacher Retention?, AERA National Conference, New Orleans, LA
  • Williamson, R.L., & Casey, L. (2011). There’s No App for That!. Presented at the Tennessee Council for Exceptional Children State Conference, Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Williamson, R.L. & Turnwald-Fether, M. (2011). The Power of Collaboration: Engaging Teacher Candidates in Service Learning Opportunities that Support Elementary Literacy. Submitted for presentation at the Ohio Association of Elementary and Secondary Administrators State Conference, Lima, Ohio, July 2011
  • Robertson, J., Casey, L.B., Reeves, K., Smith, C. & Williamson, R.L. (2011). Higher Education Inclusion: What do Unified Teacher Preparation Programs Look Like?, Council for Exceptional Children-CEC National Conference, National Harbor, Maryland
  • Williamson, R.L., Casey, L.B., Robertson, J.S. & Reeves, K. (2011). Who Benefits from Video Self-Modeling?, Poster presentation at the Council for Exceptional Children-CEC National Conference, National Harbor, Maryland
  • Casey, L.B., Williamson, R.L., Zanksas, R., & Reeves, K. (2011). Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress in Parents Following a Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. AERA, New Orleans, LA
  • Casey, L. B., Elswick, S., Williamson, R.L., Robertson, J.S., Justice, W., McLeod, K., & Smith, C. (2011). Response to Intervention and Written Expression: A Preliminary Analysis of Mean T-Units as a Universal Teaching Tool. AERA National Conference, New Orleans, LA
  • Casey, L.B., Robertson, J., Williamson, R.L., Johnson, M.T. (2011). The Use of Brief Intervention Probes to Determine the Most Effective Tier 2 Reading Fluency strategy. AERA National Conference, New Orleans, LA
  • Robertson, J.S., Christenson, J.D., Casey, L.B., Williamson, R.L., & Smith, C. (2011). What Principals Want to Know About Special Education, AERA National Conference, New Orleans, LA
  • Williamson, R.L. (2010). Supporting successful transition using and endless, dynamic skill development approach., Ohio Rehabilitation Commission-ORA State Conference, Columbus, OH
  • Williamson, R.L. (2010), Dynamic Transition. Council for Exceptional Children-CEC National Conference, Nashville, TN, Poster presenter
  • Williamson, R.L. (2009). Systems impacts on post-secondary employment and post secondary education outcomes for people with disabilities., BGSU 2009 Research Conference, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, Poster presenter
  • Williamson, R.L., & Schiro-Geist, C., (2009). A systems approach to investigating post-secondary education and employment outcomes for transitioning students with disabilities., National Rehabilitation Association-NRA National Conference, Louisville, KY, Lead presenter
  • Williamson, R.L. (2009). Transition from School to Adult Life: A systems-based Investigation of post secondary outcomes for students with disabilities., Social Justice, Action & Policy Committee of the Counseling, Education Psychology and Research Department sponsored Poster Session, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, Poster presenter
  • Robertson, J., Taylor, S.S., & Williamson, R. (2009). How do you know if your lessons are evidence based instruction?, Council for Exceptional Children-CEC National Conference, Seattle, WA, co-presenter