Associate Professor of Spanish; Co-Cordinator, Spanish
B.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Diploma in Education with Distinction in the Theory and Practice of Education, University of the West Indies
Dr. Jennifer Williams was born and educated in Jamaica. A graduate of the University of the West Indies, Mona, she holds a Ph.D. in Spanish, an M.Phil. in Spanish, a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Spanish and English, and a Diploma in Education in the teaching of foreign languages. She completed professional courses in the teaching of Spanish in Venezuela and Spain. Dr. Williams taught Spanish and English at high schools in Jamaica and Barbados and at universities in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. She has also served in several administrative capacities, as Department Chair, Vice Principal, Head of Department, and coordinator of various projects and events. She has co-authored Español Avanzado, a textbook for advanced level Caribbean students, served as editorial consultant, workshop presenter, president of the Spanish Teachers Association of Jamaica, assessor and moderator for Spanish for the Joint Board of Teacher Education of Jamaica, and participated in the process of development of the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination in Spanish. Her special interests include Peninsular and Latin American Literature, Caribbean Literature in English and Spanish, foreign language methodology and the teaching of Spanish language and culture, literary translation, and editing. Dr. Williams' research has centered on the literary representation of human suffering in Spanish and Latin American fiction and the themes of Existentialism, the human condition, and coming-of-age narrative. Herself an awardee of three scholarships for research and study abroad, Dr. Williams is keenly aware of the value of such experiences and encourages student participation in the many study abroad opportunities available.