MaryShannon Williams

MaryShannon Williams

Learning Design and Technology
Department of Curriculum & Instruction


Dr. MaryShannon Williams is currently working as a consultant developing faculty professional development and instructional design support. When not consulting, she works as a limited term lecturer for the Master of Science in Education in the Learning Design & Technology program at Purdue University. She earned a PhD in Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri - Columbia. Dr. Williams' dissertation explored the nature of participation in a hybrid community of practice on teacher efficacy, leadership, and practice. She continues to be interested in research on communities of practice, faculty professional development and active learning. Additionally, she is researching effective uses of data visualization to advance the diagnostic potential of Big Data.

Dr. Williams just relocated from Lafayette, Indiana where she was an Instructional Design Specialist on the Course Design and Development team in Teaching and Learning Technologies at Purdue University. Prior to working for Purdue, she worked as an Instructional Designer developing online teacher professional development for eMINTS National Center, an ancillary partner of the College of Education at the University of Missouri. Before moving into higher education, Dr. Williams taught for 10 years in the K-12 environment in Seoul, South Korea (1 year) and San Antonio, TX. She has a Master of Arts in Education with a focus in Learning Technology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Bachelor's of Science in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas. She is certified in Texas to teach PreK-6, Generalist 4-8, and Technology Applications PreK-12. She is a lover of movies, an avid reader, and a world-class sleeper.


PhD - Information Science and Learning Technologies - The University of Missouri - Columbia

Master of Arts in Education - The University of Texas at San Antonio

Bachelor of Science in Radio-TV-Film - The University of Texas


Instructional Designer - UT Permian Basin

Instructional Design Specialist - Purdue University

Instructional Design Contractor - eMINTS National Center, University of Missouri

Instructional Designer/Program Evaluator - eMINTS National Center, University of Missouri

Web Specialist - University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Professional Memberships

Quality Matters (QM) Peer Reviewer


UPCEA Association for Professional, Continuing, and Online Education

ASEE Member

Kappa Delta Pi

Courses Taught

EDCI 56000
EDCI 56900
EDCI 60002