Shauna Williams

Teaching Professor of Spanish
Concurrent Teaching Professor in the Center for University Advising, Nanovic Fellow, Faculty Advisor to the Notre Dame Habitat-for-Humanity Student Chapter


Ph.D., Michigan State University
M.S., Indiana University

Research and Teaching Interests

Teaching: Spanish language and culture
Research: Higher education, faculty work, governance, curriculum, and assessment


Shauna Williams is a Teaching Professor in Spanish. Professor Williams has many years of experience teaching Spanish in both university and secondary school settings and has taught ESL at all levels. She has also held administrative roles focused mainly on undergraduate curriculum, advising and assessment, and faculty affairs. Recent projects and presentations include department-wide utilization-focused evaluation, program specific learning outcomes and assessment, course embedded oral and written assessments, hybrid models in beginning language courses, community-based learning, study abroad, and mental health and well-being . Presently she serves as Vice-Chair of the Faculty Senate and is the Chair for the Ways-of-Knowing Advanced Languages and Cultures - sub-committee of the University's Core-Curriculum Committee. Additionally, Professor Williams is on the advisory board for the Consortium on Useful Assessments in Language and the Humanities Education (CUALHE), an inter-institutional collaborative effort that aims to share and to enhance assessment practices developed by college language and humanities programs and to develop a cadre of scholars who can serve as assessment experts/facilitators. She has studied abroad and translated for medical teams bringing humanitarian relief in Argentina and Ecuador. She is a member of several professional organizations (ACTFL, AATSP, MLA, , AAUSC, ASHE) and a Qualified Administrator (QA) for the IDI intercultural competence assessment tool. Professor Williams holds degrees in Spanish, Education and Higher Education Administration.

Phone: (574)-631-0273
Office: 352 Decio Faculty Hall
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 11:30am-12:00pm and Friday 12:30pm-1:00pm and by appointment