Update from Tyrslai Williams, Assistant Professor of Research in School of Education

September 27, 2022

BATON ROUGE, LA - Dr. Tyrslai M. Williams-Carter is the Assistant Dean of Mentorship, Education, & Research in Strategic Initiatives of the Graduate School (SIGS) at Louisiana State University. She is the investigator of six ongoing education support projects totaling more than 6.5 million dollars. Formerly, she served as the Director of OSI Programs, where she led a team dedicated to transforming the landscape of STEM education for students at the K-12, undergraduate, and graduate levels. Through her work in the LSU Graduate School, she will continue to design and implement projects that create an impact for all backgrounds by leading students from LSU and other institutions toward research and educational pursuits. Additionally, her work will include integrating mentorship networks that support student and faculty development and advancement to cultivate an environment of academic success.

Dr. Williams-Carter has published several scientific and educational publications. Her most recent work in May 2022 with Frontiers in Education is titled Supporting Historically Underrepresented Groups in STEM Higher Education: The Promise of Structured Mentoring Networks. She is affiliated with many professional STEM organizations, including serving as the current Southwest Regional Director for the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE), Education Chair for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Metropolitan Baton Rouge Chapter, and a member of Junior League of Baton Rouge. 

She has recently been appointed as an Assistant Professor of Research in the School of Education here at LSU. Her current research investigates the strategies and support structures necessary to support students at critical junctures on their academic journey while cultivating essential skills vital for success in the workforce. She is dedicated to contributing to the professional advancement of students from high school to graduate levels in several capacities that strengthen the pathway to terminal STEM degrees. She is very excited to join the School of Education and looks forward to engaging with the Office of Educational Research on STEM and higher education projects. Furthermore, she is eager to support the department by participating in the faculty development and community engagement committees.