Robert Williams is a native and current resident of Wytheville, Virginia. He holds a B.A. in English from The College of William and Mary, an M.S. in English from Radford University, and an M.A. (Reading Concentration) and Ph.D. (Curriculum and Instruction) in Education from Virginia Tech. Over the course of his teaching career, Professor Williams has taught welding, machine shop, grades 8-12 English, Composition and Advanced Composition, Reading, and a variety of language, literacy, literature, and education courses for pre- and in-service public school teachers. Additionally, since 2010 he has taught online, hybrid, and traditional classes for undergraduates and graduates. As a faculty member, he continues to be intensely interested in issues related to teacher preparation; curricula, digital technology, and assessments in language arts; composition theory and instruction; reading; and psycholinguistics (including language and literacy acquisition and dialect studies).