Thomas O. Williams Jr.

Thomas O. Williams Jr.

Associate Professor


314 War Memorial Hall 
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Office: 540-231-8337


Department Membership

School of Education


  • Autistic Disorder
  • Test Psychometrics
  • Violence and Aggression
  • IES Data Sets
  • Disabilities and STEM

Professional Activities

  • Special Education Program Leader
  • Council for Exceptional Children Division for Children with Behavioral Disorders 
  • Council for Exceptional Children Division for Research 
  • Council for Exceptional Children Division for Educational Diagnostic Services 
  • Council for Exceptional Children Division of International Special Education and Services 


  • Ph.D. Auburn University
  • M. Ed James Madison University
  • B.S. James Madison University
  • A.A.S. Lord Fairfax Community College

Research Interests

    Selected Publications


    Williams, T.O., Kaui, T. & Ernst, J.V.  (2015). Special populations at-risk of dropping out of school: A discipline based analysis of STEM educators.  Journal of STEM Education, 16(1), 38-42.

    Ernst, J.V. & Williams, T.O.  (2015). The “Who, what, and how conversation”: Characteristics and responsibilities of current in-service technology and engineering educators.  Journal of Technology Education Studies (41)1, 48-56. 

    Ernst, J.V., Li, S. & Williams, T.O.  (2014). Secondary engineering design graphics educator service load of students with identified categorical disabilities and Limited English Proficiency.  Engineering Design Graphics Journal, 78(1), 1-10.

    Mesmer, H. A., & Williams, T.O. (2015). Examining the role of syllable awareness in a model of concept of word: Findings with preschoolers. Reading Research Quarterly (50)4, 483-497.

    Sponsored Research

    Williams, T. O., Jr. (2015). An Examination of the Effect of Having Completed a GED Program Upon the Post-release Outcomes of CTE Program Completers. $42,396.00. Virginia Department of Corrections - Division of Education