Bob Williams


Picture of Bob Williams in academic regalia
Phone
920-993-6276
Campus Address
Briggs Hall
Room 123
Education
Title
Professor of Education
About

I'm a cognitive scientist who studies how people construct meaning in interaction, with a focus on how we use our hands to express thoughts and guide the thinking of others. 

In my research I've studied how individuals use their hands in problem solving, how group members use gestures in collaborative reasoning, and how teachers gesture in the air and over objects as they seek to shape their learners' understanding. 

In the Mielke Family Department of Education, I teach courses on the psychology of learning, academic language and disciplinary literacy, and differentiating instruction for a variety of learners.  I also supervise student teachers and coordinate the teacher performance assessment (edTPA). 

In the Cognitive Science program, I teach courses on cognitive linguistics, gesture studies, and distributed cognition. 

Outside of Lawrence, I can be found singing with newVoices or on a nature walk with my family.

Education
Management Development Program, Harvard Institutes of Higher Education, 2017
Ph.D. in Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego, 2004
M.S. in Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego, 2000
M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction (English & German), University of Colorado at Denver, 1992
B.A. with German major, Purdue University, 1985
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 1985
Years at Lawrence
2004-present