James Williams, PhD

Faculty - Full-Time
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Professor of Rhetoric and Linguistics
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  • PhD Rhetoric and Linguistics, University of Southern California
  • MA English, San Jose State University
  • BA English, San Jose State University
  • Community College Credential (life) Language Arts and Literature, San Jose State University
  • Secondary Credential (life) English, San Jose State University
  • WRIT 101
  • WRIT 301
  • WRIT 305
  • Core: Enduring Questions
  • Learning Cluster
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Psycholinguistics
  • English Syntax
  • Classical Rhetoric
  • Writing Pedagogy
  • Assessment
  • Cognition
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Syntax

Books

  • Williams, James D., The Decline in Educational Standards. Lanham, MD: Rowan and Littlefield, 2019.
  • 2019–The Commodification of Education: From a Public Good to a Quasi-monopoly. Rowman & Littlefield
  • 2017—The Teacher’s Grammar Book. 2nd Edition. Translated into Korean. Sahoi Pyungnon Publishing Co. Inc.
  • 2014—Preparing to Teach Writing: Research, Theory, and Practice. 4th Edition. Routledge.
  • 2009—An Introduction to Classical Rhetoric: Essential Readings. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • 2005—The Teacher’s Grammar Book. 2nd Edition. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. (Reprinted 2009, Routledge.)
  • 2003—Preparing to Teach Writing: Research, Theory, and Practice. 3rd Edition. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. (Reprinted 2009, Routledge.)
  • 2002—Visions and Revisions: Continuity and Change in Rhetoric and Composition. (Editor). Southern Illinois University Press.
  • 2002—Writing and Language Arts Big Book, Level K (with Jean Gillet & Charles Temple). SRA McGraw-Hill.
  • 2002—Writing and Language Arts Big Book,Level 1 (with Jean Gillet & Charles Temple). SRA McGraw-Hill.
  • 2002—Writing and Language Arts Big Book,Level 2 (with Jean Gillet & Charles Temple). SRA McGraw-Hill.
  • 2002—The Writer's Workbook, Grade 1 (with Jean Gillet & Charles Temple). SRA McGraw-Hill.
  • 2002—The Writer's Workbook, Grade 2 (with Jean Gillet & Charles Temple). SRA McGraw-Hill.
  • 2002—The Writer's Workbook, Grade 3 (with Jean Gillet & Charles Temple). SRA McGraw-Hill.
  • 2002—The Writer's Workbook, Grade 4 (with Jean Gillet & Charles Temple). SRA McGraw-Hill.
  • 2002—The Writer's Workbook, Grade 5 (with Jean Gillet & Charles Temple). SRA McGraw-Hill.
  • 2002—The Writer's Workbook, Grade 6 (with Jean Gillet & Charles Temple). SRA McGraw-Hill.
  • 2001—The LEA Guide to Composition. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. (Reprinted 2009, Routledge.)
  • 1999—The Teacher’s Grammar Book. 1st Edition. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • 1998—Preparing to Teach Writing: Research, Theory, and Practice. 2nd Edition. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • 1992—The Interdisciplinary Reader (with David Huntley & Christine Hanks). Harper Collins Publishers.
  • 1990—Literacy and Bilingualism (with Grace Snipper). Longman.
  • 1989—Preparing to Teach Writing. 1st Edition. Wadsworth.

Refereed Articles

  • 2017–“First-Year Composition and Transfer: A Quantitative Study” (with Minami Hattori). Journal of Pedagogic Development,​ 7, 1, 8-20​
  • 2016–“KEY PEDAGOGIC THINKERS: JEAN BAUDRILLARD.” (with Robert Allinson). Journal of Pedagogic Development,6, 2, 24-29
  • 2016—“Composition and the Search for Self-Awareness.” Journal of Pedagogic Development, 6, 30-41.
  • 2011—“Gender, Writing Self-Efficacy, and Help Seeking” (with Seiji Takaku). International Journal of Business, Humanities, and Technology, 1, 46-54.
  • 2011—“Help Seeking, Self-Efficacy, and Writing Performance among College Students” (with Seiji Takaku). Journal of Writing Research, 3, 1-18.
  • 2010—“Ars or Technê? Horace’s Ars Poetica as a Display Piece.” Proceedings of the First International Conference on Literature, Languages, and Linguistics, Athens Institute for Education and Research.
  • 2006—“Effects of Self-Regulatory Behavior on ESL Student Writing” (with Seiji Takaku & Karen Bauman). Tohoku Psychologia Folia, 65, 24-36.
  • 2005—“Why Kids Need to Be Bored: A Case Study of Self-Reflection and Academic Performance,” Research in Middle Level Education Online, 5, 1-17.
  • 1993—“Rule-governed Approaches to Language and Composition.” Written Communication, 10, 542-568.
  • 1990—“Cognitive Style and Written Discourse” (with W. Ross Winterowd). Focuses, 3, 3-23.
  • 1987—“Covert Linguistic Behavior During Writing Tasks: An Analysis of Psychophysiological Differences Between Above-average and Below-average Writers.” Written Communication, 4, 310-328.
  • 1985—“An Appraisal of Motivation in the Composition Classroom” (with Scott D. Alden). Highway One, 8, 249-58.
  • 1985—“Coherence and Cognitive Style.” Written Communication, 2, 473-491.
  • 1983—“Motivation in the Composition Class” (with Scott D. Alden). Research in the Teaching of English, 17, 101-112.
  • 1983—“Covert Language Behavior During Writing.” Research in the Teaching of English, 17, 301-312.

Book Chapters and Articles

  • 2011—“Teaching Grammar in the Context of Writing.” In I. L. Clark (Ed.), Concepts in Composition: Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Writing, 2nd edition, (pp. 267−317). Rutledge.
  • 2003—“Grammar and Usage.” In I. L. Clark (Ed.), Concepts in Composition: Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Writing, 1st edition (pp. 313−337). Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • 2002—“Rhetoric and the Triumph of Liberal Democracy.” In J. D. Williams (Ed.), Visions and Revisions: Continuity and Change in Rhetoric and Composition (pp. 131−161). Southern Illinois University Press.
  • 2000—“Identity and Reliability in Portfolio Assessment.” In B. Sunstein and J. Lovell (Eds.), The Portfolio Standard (pp. 135−148). Heinemann.
  • 1993—“Defining a Developmental Curriculum for a Pluralistic Society: The Administrative Challenges.” ERIC Documentation Reproduction Service.
  • 1992—“Writing Program Administration in the Face of Political Correctness.” ERIC Documentation Reproduction Service.
  • 1985—“An Appraisal of Motivation in Composition” (with Scott D. Alden). In M. Maguire and A. Pare (Eds.), Patterns of Development (pp. 249-258). Canadian Council of Teachers of English.
  • 1981—“The Literacy Crisis: Time for a Reevaluation.” The College Board Review, 119, 20-28.

Invited Reviews

  • 2005—“Counterstatement: Autobiography in Composition Scholarship.” Review of Situating Composition: Composition Studies and the Politics of Location, by Lisa Ede; The End of Composition Studies, by David Smit; Self-Development and College Writing, by Nick Tingle. College English, 68, 209-225.
  • 1993— “A Response to Patrick L. Courts.” College English, 55, 919-926.
  • 1992—"Review of Rereading the Sophists: Classical Rhetoric Refigured, by Susan Jarratt." College Composition and Communication, 43, 534-537.
  • 1992—“Politicizing Literacy.” Review of Conversations on the Written Word: Essays on Language and Literacy, by Jay L. Robinson; Literacy and Empowerment: The Meaning Makers, by Patrick L. Courts; and The Right to Literacy, edited by Andrea Lunsford, Helene Moglen, and James Slevin. College English, 54, 833-842.
  • 2000-present: Professor of Rhetoric & Linguistics, Soka University; Director of University Writing Program and Director of University Writing Center, 2000 to 2006 and 2015 to present.
  • 1998-2000: Professor of English, Director of Faculty Development Office, Cal Poly Pomona.    
  • 1995-1998: University Professor of Rhetoric and Composition, Director of Writing Across the Curriculum Program, Governors State University.
  • 1992-1995: Associate Professor of English, Director of UNC Writing Program and Executive Director of the Writing Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
  • 1987-1992: Assistant Professor of English and Assistant Director of UNC Writing Program, Executive Director of the Writing Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
  • 1984-1987: Director of Interdisciplinary Writing Program, University of Southern California.
  • 1981-1984: Visiting Assistant Professor of Rhetoric & Composition, University of California, Los Angeles.
  • 2015: Finalist, editorship of College English.
  • 2014: Finalist, with Honorable Mention, Glimmer Train International Short Story Competition, “An Alaskan Education.”
  • 2009 to present: Listed in Marquis Who’s Who in America.
  • 2008 to present: Listed in Marquis Who’s Who in the World.
  • 1998: Outstanding Service Award, Governors State University
  • 1990: Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University.
  • 1984: Finalist and runner-up, Promising Young Researcher Award for Outstanding Dissertation, National Council of Teachers of English.
  • 1983:Recipient, Outstanding Young Men of America Award

Grants

  • 2001: Lead Writer, LAUSD Title VII Continuation Grant:  Cohort Analysis of ESL Academic Achievement in Grades 1–6 ($500,000).
  • 2000: Lead Writer, LAUSD Title VII Continuation Grant:  Academic Achievement of ESL Students in Grades 1–6 ($250,000).
  • 1999: Lead Writer, LAUSD Title VII Continuation Grant:  Assessment of Nonnative English Speaking Students in Grades 1–6 ($245,000).
  • 1997: Recipient, Illinois Board of Higher Education grant to develop and implement writing-across-the-curriculum program at Governor’s State University ($75,000.)
  • 1991–92: Recipient, IBM Development Award to develop and implement technical writing minor at University of North Carolina ($30,000).
  • 1990: Recipient, Research Development Grant, The Arts and Sciences Foundation, University of North Carolina ($6,000).
  • 1989: Recipient, “Gender and Race: Exploring Critical Issues Through Composition,” funded by the Lupton Foundation for Innovative Teaching, University of North Carolina ($3,500).
  • 1988: Recipient, “Working Memory Dysfunction in Children,” funded by the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center, University of North Carolina ($3,500).
  • 1987: Recipient, “Working Memory Dysfunction and Reading/Writing Performance,” funded by the University Research Council, University of North Carolina ($3,000).
  • 1980: Recipient, “Motivation in the Composition Classroom,” funded by the Freshman Writing Program, University of Southern California ($3,000).