Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Eastern Michigan University
Dr. Williamson teaches courses in the principalship, school law, ethics and politics of education. He previously worked as a building level and central office school administrator in Michigan, as executive director of the National Middle School Association, a member of NASSP's Middle Level Council and president of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform, a coalition of all the major professional organizations serving middle schools. Dr. Williamson is the recipient of the Gruhn-Long-Melton award from NASSP in recognition of lifetime achievement in middle level leadership, the Teaching Excellence Award from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and the Alumni Teaching Excellence Award at Eastern Michigan University.
The author of over 150 books, chapters, papers and articles in all the major professional journals serving school teachers and administrators, Dr. Williamson is recognized as one of the major advocates and researchers in the field of middle level schools.
Dr. Williamson has provided assistance to several large urban school districts when selected by the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation to serve as a leadership coach in their national middle school reform project. He also worked with the Galef Institute in Los Angeles on a Comprehensive School Reform project to improve middle schools in New York City, Houston, Louisville and Los Angeles. A current project focuses on college readiness among middle and high school students in 36 rural Oregon schools.