Douglas C. Williams, Jr.

Doug Williams

Doctoral Student 


  • Westminster, Md.

Current Employment

  • Instructor at Lamar University


  • B.A. in English Literature: Missouri State University, 2014
  • Ed.M. in Diversity and Equity in Education: University of Illinois - Urbana, 2019
  • M.A. in Deaf Education: Flagler College, 2020

Research Interests

  • Deaf Anthropology
  • Deaf Psychology
  • Parent-Child Interaction and Child Development
  • Textual Literacy Development in d/D/HH Learners
  • Early Intervention for d/D/HH Children
  • Relationships Between Educational Neuroscience, Language/Textual Literacy Development, and d/D/HH Learners

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • N/A

Recent Non Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Williams Jr., D. C. (2022). Bilingualism, deafness, and literacy: Four assumptions and four responses. In M. Musyoka (Ed.), Deaf education and challenges for bilingual/multilingual students (pp. 184-203). IGI Global.

Recent Presentations

  • Williams, D. (2022, February). Calling All 'Unicorns': Men in Educational Sign Language Interpreting and Deaf Education. [Poster presentation]. Association of College Educators – Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Omaha, NE.  
  • Williams, D. (2021, June). Re-reading strategies and reading comprehension in deaf learners. [Conference session]. Deaf Education Alliance Summit, Baton Rogue, LA. 

Dissertation Focus

  • Communication and interaction habits/characteristics of Deaf (sign-dominant) fathers with their infants and young children. Specifically, I intend to examine d/Deaf father’s uses of both close- and open-ended prompts to elicit and promote conversation between themselves and their children thus furthering language acquisition and development during early childhood.