“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” — Groucho Marx

Peter Williams, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

  • Faculty
Educational Leadership
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Young Education North, 105
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Dr. Peter Williams has more than 35 years of teaching experience in various contexts. He has taught English as a second language and sixth-grade English in Honduras, literacy education in correctional education, and leadership research in doctoral programs. He operated his own consulting business, has held leadership roles in higher education, and has mentored doctoral students since 2009. He enjoys creating his podcast—Doc101—to support doctoral students. He also enjoys mentoring leaders, roasting and drinking coffee, and spending time with family and friends. He is active in the International Leadership Association, the Academy of Human Resource Development, and the Blackland Prairie Texas Master Naturalists.

Educational Background


Research Interests

  • Adult learning and professional development
  • Creating positive, hopeful organizational cultures
  • Online and distributed learning
  • Doctoral education (including student support via podcasting; see Doc101 via podcast apps)
  • Social support, hope, resilience, thriving
  • Leading in culturally (including religiously) diverse contexts

Selected Publications

  • Slaymaker, R.R., O’Byrne, K.K. & Williams, P.E. (2023). The influence of socio-cognitive mindfulness and resilience on middle managers’ stress and thriving during COVID-19: Results from two studies. Journal of Management Development, 42(1), 54-75. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMD-05-2022-0112
  • Williams, P., & Kates, M. (2022). Creating a faith-friendly school culture in religiously plural communities: A neglected facet of diversity. School Leadership Review, 17(1). https://scholarworks.sfasu.edu/slr/vol17/iss1/1
  • Salcedo, A., Williams, P., Elias, S., Perez, J., and Valencia, M. (2022). Future direction in HRD: The potential of testimonio as an approach to perturb the dominant practices in the workplace. European Journal of Training and Development, Online first. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJTD-07-2021-0109
  • Templeton, N.R. & Williams, P. (2022). Leading through crisis with the power of hope. Texas Study of Secondary Education 31(2) 13-16.
  • Allen, S. & Williams, P. (2022). Remote oral doctoral dissertation defenses in management, leadership, and business: Benefits, pedagogy, and practices. Management Teaching Review, 7(3) 208 –225. https://doi.org/10.1177/23792981211013024
  • Tucker, L .J. & Williams, P. E. (2021). Abrasive leaders who changed: learning from their experience, Personnel Review, 50(7/8) 1632-1646. https://doi.org/10.1108/PR-07-2020-0507
  • Allen, S., Williams, P., & Crowson, H. M. (2020). Undergraduate students' perceptions of learning about leadership in multi-faith workplaces. Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion, 17(5) 1-20. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14766086.2020.1789498
  • Rademaker, L., Self, J. S, & Williams, P. (Hosts). (2020-present). Doc101 [Audio podcast]. https://anchor.fm/doc101/

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