Lunetta M Williams

Associate Professor

Childhood Education, Literacy, and TESOL • College of Education & Human Services

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Williams' overarching research interest is minimizing the reading achievement gap among economically disadvantaged and economically advantaged children.  Research areas include reading motivation, independent reading time, and children's book selections. 

Education

Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction

University of Florida
May 2005

M.A. Elementary Curriculum
University of South Florida
July 1994

B.S. Elementary Education with Distinction
University of South Florida
April 1993

Biography

Dr. Williams, a former elementary teacher, received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Reading Education in 2005 from the University of Florida. She has published in Journal of Educational Research, Reading Psychology, Journal of Research in Childhood Education, Journal of Reading Education, Childhood Education, Voices from the Middle, Research in the Schools, and Florida Reading Journal. She has presented at international, national, and local conferences. Dr. Williams was a co-recipient of the International Reading Association's Albert J. Harris Award in 2012 for the article, "Ameliorating summer reading setback among economically disadvantaged elementary students." She received the University of Florida College of Education Dissertation Award, University of Florida Outstanding Alumni Award, and University of North Florida’s Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. Additionally, she was the co-recipient of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (MSERA) Conference for the James E. McLean Outstanding Distinguished Paper Award.

Awards

Scholarship and Teaching Awards

2012 Co-recipient of International Reading Association (IRA) Albert J. Harris Award

2012 Co-recipient of the University of North Florida’s Community Based Transformational Learning Presidential Service Award
2011 Recipient of University of North Florida’s Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award
2009 Co-recipient of Mid-South Educational Research Association (MSERA) Conference for the James E. McLean Outstanding Distinguished Paper Award
2009 Recipient of University of North Florida’s Scholars Transforming Academic Research (STAR) Award

2008 Recipient of University of Florida’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award

2005 Recipient of University of Florida’s College of Education Dissertation Award

2004 Received Madelyn Lockhart Graduate Fellowship Award from University of Florida’s Association for Academic Women

2003 Recipient of Florida Reading Association’s Marie Silverman Scholarship

2003 Recipient of Kappa Delta Pi’s C. Glen Hass Scholarship

2002 Awarded University Women’s Club Graduate Student Scholarship

Affiliations

International Reading Association

Professors of Reading Teacher Educators

Organization of Teacher Educators in Reading

Florida Reading Association

Duval County Reading Association

Grants and Contracts Awarded

Grants

Williams, L. (2013). Developing Virtual Field Experiences for Preservice and Inservice Teachers (05/08/13-04/30/14). ). UNF Academic Affairs Faculty Development Teaching Grant. Sought grant to develop virtual field experiences for UNF graduate and undergraduate students and children from a low socioeconomic background ($7,500).

Hall, K., Williams, L., & Hedrick, W. (2011). Earth Matters Book Club: 3rd Graders and UNF Students (12/9/11-6/1/12). UNF Environmental Center Seed Grant. Sought grant to conduct a study that tests whether engaging in nonfiction reading during independent reading time and with UNF book buddies impacts students’ reading involvement and achievement ($3,000).

Williams, L. (2011). Teaching Online (TOL Seminar 5/11/11-7/15/11). UNF Center for Instruction and
Research Technology Competitive Grant/Award. Sought grant to redesign RED 5846 Reading Practicum
so that it could be offered online ($1,000 stipend).

Williams, L. (2011). Getting Lots of Books into the Environment (GLOBE) (6/1/11-6/1/12). UNF Academic Affairs Faculty Development Research Grant. Sought grant to conduct an experimental study that tests whether engaging in reading during independent reading time impacts students’ reading achievement ($7,500).

David, G. M., Hall, K., & Williams, L. (2009). ABC Literacy-Arts, Books, Community: Enhancing the Home Learning Environment of Underserved Children to Promote Literacy and School Success (8/24/10-5/1/11). UNF Transformational Learning Opportunities Grant. Sought grant to develop six-week arts-based literacy project that allows UNF education majors to work with underserved kindergartners and their families ($5,000).

Williams, L., Hall, K., & Abendroth, J. (2009). Development of Lots of Books in the Environment Student Reading Engagement Instrument (1/1/09-5/1/09). Undergraduate/Faculty Research Grant. Sought grant to develop an instrument to observe students’ verbal and nonverbal reading behaviors that suggest engagement with books during independent reading time ($1,000).

Daniel, L., & Williams, L. (2007). Program Evaluation: Communities in Schools Mentoring and After School Programs (1/1/08-8/1/08). Community Foundation in Jacksonville Grant. Sought grant to provide feedback to Communities in Schools (CIS) of Jacksonville on the success of two programs, Take Stock in Children (TSIC), a mentoring/scholarship program and TEAM UP, an after school tutoring and enrichment program ($17,500).

Publications & Presentations

Refereed Journal Articles

Williams, L., Hall, K., Eastham, N., Hedrick, W., & Boller, D. (in press). Providing pre-service
and inservice teachers with virtual field experiences using interactive videoconferencing. The
Reading Professor.

Hall, K., & Williams, L. (in press). Science trade books and buddies: Involving third graders in
informational texts. Childhood Education.

Hall, K., Hedrick, W., & Williams, L. (2014). Everyday we’re shufflin’: Adding rhythm to independent reading. Childhood Education, 90(2), 91-98. doi: 10.1080/00094056.2014.894789
International

Williams, L., Hall, K., Hedrick, W., Lamkin, L., & Abendroth, J. (2013). Developing an observational
instrument to support authentic independent reading time during school in a data-driven world.
Journal of Language and Literacy Education [Online] (9), 2, 24-49. Retrieved from
http://jolle.coe.uga.edu/wpcontent/uploads/2013/11/DevelopingAnObservationInstrument.pdf

Thoermer, A., & Williams, L. (2011). Using digital texts to promote fluent reading. The Reading Teacher, 65(7), 441-445. International

Hall, K., Williams, L., & Daniel, L. (2010). Effectiveness of an afterschool program for economically disadvantaged youth: Perceptions of parents, staff, and students. Research in the Schools, 17(1), 12-28. National

Allington, R. L., McGill-Franzen, A., Camilli, G., Williams, L., Graff, J., Zeig, J., Zmach, C., & Nowak, N. (2010). Ameliorating summer reading setback among economically disadvantaged elementary students. Reading Psychology, 31(5), 411-427. International

Hall, K., & Williams, L. (2010). First grade teachers reading aloud Caldecott Award-Winning books to diverse first graders in urban classrooms. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 24(4), 298-314. National

Williams, L. M., & Hall, K. (2010). Exploring students’ reading attitudes. Journal of Reading Education, 35(2), 35-41. National

Williams, L. M. (2008). Book selections of economically disadvantaged Black elementary students. Journal of Educational Research, 102(1), 51-63. International

Williams, L., Hedrick, W., & Tuschinski, L. (2008). Motivation: Going beyond testing to a lifetime of reading. Childhood Education, 84(3), 135-141. National

McGill-Franzen, A., Allington, R. L., Solic, K., Williams, L., Zmach, C., Graff, J., & Love, J. (Fall, 2005). The rich/poor achievement gap: Contributions of summer reading loss. Tennessee Reading Teacher, 34(1), 28-30. State

Williams, L. M. (2004). Helping all students value the sole act of reading. Dragon Lode, 22(2), 29-33.
International

Book Chapter

Williams, L. (2013). Book Selections: Discovering what will entice struggling
readers to say, “I want to read that one!” In A. McGill-Franzen & R. Allington (Eds.), Summer reading
setback and what we can do about it.
NY: Teachers College Press.

Editorially Reviewed Columns

Williams, L. M. (2008). What do struggling male readers want to read? Florida Reading Quarterly,
44
(4), 49-50.

Williams, L. M. (2008). Insight into motivating students: Dr. Linda Gambrell speaks. Florida Reading Quarterly, 44(3), 19-22.

Hedrick, W. B., Williams L., & Tuschinski, L. (2007). Bumps in the road: Expecting more than points on a chart. Voices from the Middle, 15(1), 62-63.

Williams, L. M. (2007). Addressing the summer reading loss with Richard Allington. Florida Reading Quarterly, 43(5), 32-34.

Williams, L. M. (2007). Engaging striving readers in nonfiction text. Florida Reading Quarterly, 43(4), 34.

Professional Papers

Ansley, T. G., & Williams, L. (2007). Culturally competent literacy instruction. Florida Literacy and Reading Excellence Professional Paper.

Harris, D., Hedrick, W., Williams, L., & Williams, N. (2006). Motivation: Paying attention to skill and will in the teaching of reading. Florida Literacy and Reading Excellence Professional Paper.

Tuschinski, L., & Williams, L. (2005). Motivating students to read. FLaRE’s Online Florida Literacy and Reading Connection, 5(43). Retrieved from http://flare.ucf.edu/Newsletters/Florida%20Literacy%20and%20Reading%20Connection%20Vol%205(43)%20-%20Nov%202005.htm

Evaluation Technical Report

Daniel, L., Williams, L., & Hall, K. (2010). The Communities in Schools TEAM UP afterschool
program and Take Stock in Children program: Perceptions of students, parents, staff, and
mentors. Communities in Schools, Jacksonville, Florida.

Refereed International or National Conference Papers

Williams, L., Hall, K., & Hedrick, W. (2011). Expanding access, knowledge and
participation during in school independent reading time. Literacy Research Association, Jacksonville, Florida.

Williams, L., Hedrick, W., & Hall, K. (2011). Measuring reading engagement during
independent reading. 13th Annual International Conference on Education, Athens,
Greece.

Hedrick, W., Williams, L., & Hall, K. (2011). Are they really reading? Development of a reading
engagement instrument. American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Hedrick, W., Williams, L., & Hall, K. (2011). Development of an observational
instrument to measure reading engagement during independent reading. International Reading Association Conference, Orlando, Florida.

Williams, L., Hall, K., & Hedrick, W. (2010). Development of an observational instrument to measure
reading engagement during independent reading. National Reading Conference, Fort Worth, Texas.

Hall, K., Williams, L., & Hedrick, W. (2010). In school independent reading: What does it
really look like? Mid-South Educational Research Association, Mobile, Alabama.

Daniel, L., Williams, L., & Hall, K. (2010). Effectiveness of an after-school program for
economically disadvantaged youth: Perceptions of students, parents, and staff. American
Educational Research Association, Denver, Colorado.

Daniel, L., Williams, L., & Hall, K. (2009). Effectiveness of an after-school program for
economically disadvantaged youth: Perceptions of students, parents, and staff. Mid-South
Educational Research Association, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Williams, L., & Hall, K. (2008). Exploring elementary students’ reading attitudes. National Reading
Conference, Orlando, Florida.

Allington, R., McGill-Franzen, A., Camilli, G., Williams, L., Zmach, C., Love-Zeig, J., & Graff, J.
(2007). Ameliorating summer reading loss. American Educational Research Association, Chicago,
Illinois.

Williams, L. (2006). Exploring 3rd and 4th grade economically disadvantaged black boys’ book
selections. National Reading Conference, Los Angeles, California.

Allington, R., Williams, L., Graff, J, & Lefsky, E. (2003). Summer book fairs: Providing easy access
to books. National Reading Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona.

Refereed International or National Conference Presentations

Williams, L., Hall, K., & Hedrick, W. (2014). Preservice teachers engage third graders in reading
nonfiction text. Professors of Reading Teacher Educators, International Reading Association, New
Orleans, Louisiana.

Hall, K., Williams, L., & Hedrick, W. (2014). Science book club: Engaging
students in reading nonfiction texts. Organization of Teachers of Reading Education, New Orleans,
Louisiana.

David, G., Hall, K., & Williams, L. (2011). ABC literacy: Art, books, community-Empowering
families to engage in interactive read-alouds and arts-infused activities with their children. National Association for the Education of Young Children, Orlando, Florida.

Hall, K., Williams, L., Abendroth, J., & Hedrick, W. (2009). The development of an observation
instrument to measure reading engagement during independent reading time. American
Reading Forum, Sanibel, Florida.

Williams, L. (2008). Engaging boys in literacy: Gaining insight through book selections. International
Reading Association, Atlanta, Georgia.

Hedrick, W., Williams, L., & Tuschinski, L. (2007). Motivating students to want to read: It takes more
than labeling the books’ reading levels. Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu,
Hawaii.

Williams, L. (2006). Great books according to at-risk students, International Reading Association
Conference, Chicago, Illinois.

Allington, R., Williams, L. Graff, J., & Zmach, C. (2005). Achieving success: Providing books to help
close the reading gap, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Conference,
Orlando, Florida.

Williams, L. (2004). Strategies in self-selecting books, International Reading Association Conference,
Reno-Tahoe, Nevada.

Mc-Gill-Franzen, A., Williams, L., Graff, J., Love, J., & Nowak, R. (2003). Effects of teacher
development on summer reading of struggling learners, International Reading Association
Conference, Orlando, Florida.

Love, J., Nowak, R., & Williams, L. (2002). What accounts for social class effects of summer reading
loss? National Council of Teachers of English Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Refereed State or Local Conference Presentations

Hall, K., Williams, L., Hedrick, W., & Boller, D. (2012). Earth Matters Book Club: Engaging students in reading nonfiction texts. Florida Reading Association Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida.

Hall, K., Williams, L., & Abendroth, J. (2009). Measuring student engagement during
independent reading time, Florida Reading Association, Orlando, Florida.

Williams, L., Hall, K., & Cavanaugh, T. (2008). The Florida Reading Quarterly welcomes you
to…write! Escribir! Ecriver! Schreiben! Florida Reading Association, Orlando, Florida.

Williams, L., & Pulido, E. (2008). Engaging boys in literacy: Gaining insight through book
selections. University of North Florida’s College of Education and Human Services Celebration of
Education Day, Jacksonville, Florida.

Tuschinski, L., Hedrick, W., & Williams, L. (2007). Motivating students to want to read, Georgia
Council of Teachers of English. Jekyll Island, Georgia.

Williams, L., & Hall, K. (2007). Discover the magic of writing for the Florida Reading Quarterly,
Florida Reading Association, Orlando, Florida.

Williams, L., Hedrick, W., & Tuschinski, L. (2006). Motivating students to want to read, Florida
Literacy and Reading Excellence (FLaRE) Leadership Conference, Orlando, Florida.

Williams, L. (2003). How to choose a surfboard: Strategies in self-selecting books, Florida Reading
Association Conference, Orlando, Florida.

Allington, R., Graff, J., McGill-Franzen, A., Love, J., & Williams, L. (2002). Effects of teacher
development on disadvantaged students’ reading achievement, Florida Reading Association
Conference, Orlando, Florida.

Invited Keynote Speaker

Williams, L., Hall, K., & David, G. (2012). ABC Literacy: Art, Books, and Community. Duval Reading
Council Meeting, Jacksonville Florida.

WilliamsContact Information

Building 57, Room 2225

(904) 620-1777

lmwillia@unf.edu