Heather Williams, PhD
Title: Adjunct Professor
Bachelor’s Degree: Biology Education (Minor: Geology), Louisiana State University, 1993
Master’s Degree: Human Resource Education, Louisiana State University, 1998
PhD: Human Resource Development (Minor: Statistics), Louisiana State University, 2003
Dr. Williams has taught Needs Assessment, Survey Research Methods, and Introduction to Statistics at Louisiana State University; Business Statistics at Tulane and UNO; and Economic Development Research Methods, International Development Statistics, Web‐based Training Development, and Strategies for Technology Training Design and Implementation of In‐person Training at University of Southern Mississippi. She has designed and taught multiple courses in the Comprehensive Public Training Program, Local Transportation Assistance Program, and multiple private industry leadership, coaching, employee development, and technical courses.
Dr. Williams has worked with governments and private companies to assess their needs, analyze data, and develop tailored plans to improve their systems and processes, develop their employees, and grow their businesses. She has developed hiring, training, and evaluation systems; revised process flows; policies and procedures; and re‐organized departments. Dr. Williams has also recently served as a direct employee where she led quality assurance and employee services programs for a medium size company of 900 employees, including the creation and implementation of quality, hiring and employee development programs; establishment of work systems and quality standards; analysis of company data; and recommendation of operational, process, system and employee changes to improve efficiency and reduce operating costs. She currently serves in startup and project roles in manufacturing to assist in the installation of new equipment systems, relocation of businesses, and refurbishment of existing process and packing systems. In these roles, she coordinates efforts between engineering, construction and operations; and manages schedule/execution, procurement, and budgets.
Kotrlik, J. W. & Williams, H. A. (2011). Reporting and interpreting effect size in quantitative agricultural education research. Journal of Agricultural Education, 52(1), 132-142.
Kotrlik, J. W. & Williams, H. A. (2003). The incorporation of effect size in information technology, learning and performance research. Information Technology, Learning, and Performance Journal, 21(1), 1-8.
Bartlett, J. E. II, Kotrlik, J. W., Higgins, C., & Williams, H. A. (2002). An analysis of factors associated with research productivity of business education faculty. National Association for Business Teacher Education Review, 29, 26-32.
Bartlett, J. E. II, Kotrlik, J. W., Higgins, C. & Williams, H. A. (2002). Analysis of factors associated with research productivity of agricultural education faculty. Journal of Agricultural Education, 43(3), 1-10.
Williams, H. A. & Kotrlik, J. W. (2004). A mediated hierarchical regression analysis of factors related to career research productivity of human resource education and development postsecondary faculty. Academy of Human Resource Development Conference Presentation, Montreal, Canada.
Bartlett, J. E. II, Kotrlik, J. W., Higgins, C., & Williams, H. A. (2002). Analysis of factors associated with research productivity of teacher education faculty. American Education Research Association Conference Presentation, New Orleans, LA.
Kotrlik, J. W., Bartlett, J. E. II, Higgins, C., & Williams, H. A. (2001). Factors associated with research productivity of agricultural education faculty. National Agricultural Education Research Conference Presentation, New Orleans, LA.
Williams, H. A. (2001). A critical review of research and statistical methodologies within Human Resource Development Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, and Personnel Psychology, 1995 – 1999. Academy of Human Research Development Conference Presentation, Tulsa, OK.
Amite Chamber Board Member 2007-2010, Vice President 9/2007-12/2007, President 12/2007-12/2009; Chamber activities included: Co-wrote, received and administrated $10,000 Wal-Mart grant in partnership with Town of Amite City, Amite City Chamber of Commerce, Arts Council, TEDF and Wal-Mart for education and community development programs 2009; Presenter, Amite Chamber of Commerce 2007, 2004; Volunteer Leader for Cleanest City Committee 2009, 2005; Contributing author – Amite Chamber of Commerce News Letter and Amite Tangi Digest Chamber Insert 2007 – 2009; Volunteer Leader for Chamber Fund Raiser Golf Tournament and Bon Appétit Food Festival 2007 & 2008
Tangipahoa Parish Economic Development Executive Board Member 2009-2010
Amite Rotary Member and Fundraiser Volunteer 2008 – 2010
Tangipahoa Parish Transit Project Volunteer 2008 - 2009
Business Retention and Expansion International Member and Volunteer 2008-2009
North Tangipahoa Relay For Life Team Captain, 2008
Tangipahoa Economic Development Foundation (TEDF) Marketing Committee Volunteer, 2007 – 2010
Kiwanis Club Volunteer Presenter 2007
Toys-for-Tots Collection Center Volunteer 2006-2010
Journal of Vocational Education Research Reviewer 2003, 2004
Metro Jackson Chamber Workforce Development Forum Co-presenter, 2003
Metro Jackson Workforce Development Committee Board Member 2003
Center for Community and Economic Development, College of Business and Economic Development, University of Southern Miss Curriculum Development Committee Member 2003
DOL High Growth Jobs Initiative Board Member 2003
Workplace Learning and Performance Center, College of Business and Economic Development, Southern Miss, Curriculum Development Committee Member 2003
NWEDTI Panel Member 2003
American Education Research Association Reviewer 2003
AHRD Cutting Edge Selection Committee Member 2003
Academy of Human Resource Development Conference Referee 2003-2001