Dr. Grant Williams
School of Education
St. Thomas University
Grant Williams was born and raised in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Science with a major in Physics from Mount Allison University in 1988. Pursuing a career in teaching, he completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Science Education in 1990 and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration in 1995, both from the University of New Brunswick.
Grant spent 21 years working in the public school system in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada where he enthusiastically taught middle school science, high school physics, and later served as the district Learning Specialist for K-12 Science and Mathematics. From 2002-2004 he was seconded as a Faculty Associate by the Education Department at U.N.B. where he taught science methods courses and supervised student teachers.
In 2007 Grant assembled a team of local high school and university science educators to compete in the Discovery Channel’s Canada-wide Iron Science Teacher competition. The team presented an entertaining and engaging mini-lesson on the Human Body to an audience of 700 middle level and high school students which earned them a National silver medal! That same year, Grant initiated the school district's first ever STEM Expo which became an annual event to celebrate the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math projects of students from Kindergarten to grade 12. The initiative has grown to become an exciting community event that promotes the development of relationships between students and educators at the K-12 and university level as well as local scientists, mathematicians, engineers and technologists.
Outside of the science and math realm, Grant Williams has contributed to a variety of other learning and personal growth opportunities for students. In addition to coaching basketball, soccer, and volleyball at the middle school/ bantam age level, Grant has served as faculty advisor for the Student Council, Robotics Club, and Reach For the Top Trivia Team at Fredericton High School. Working with students both in and out of the classroom is his life’s calling!
Grant continued his own education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he completed his Ed.D. in 2011. The title of his dissertation was” Fostering High School Physics Students’ Construction of Explanatory Mental Models for Electricity: Identifying and Describing Whole-Class Discussion-Based Teaching Strategies.” He has presented at conferences of the American Association of Physics Teachers, the National Association of Research in Science Teaching, the American Educational Research Association, the Association for Science Teacher Education, the Atlantic Canada Association of Science Educators, and at various Professional Development sessions for the New Brunswick Teachers’ Association.
In 2011, Dr. Williams joined the faculty of the School of Education at Saint Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick where he teaches secondary science and math methodology courses. His current research focuses on teaching strategies for promoting students’ conceptual change, inquiry-based science learning, classroom discourse analysis, and model-based teaching and learning of abstract scientific concepts. Grant has a passion for teaching and finds great pleasure in sharing his excitement about science and mathematics with his students in the School of Education at S.T.U.