Ken Williams is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Marygrove College, and has been Chair of the Mathematics Department since 1998. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and a master's degree from Oakland University.
Williams believes that problem solving should be the focus of mathematics teaching, and that identifying and modeling problem solving techniques is an important objective for students in any mathematics class. He incorporates graphing calculators and computer software into his classes as a tool to help students investigate and solve mathematical problems. He also includes mathematics education material in his courses. As Coordinator of the MAT (Master in the Art of Teaching) Mathematics program, Williams brainstorms ideas and strategies with other teachers in the program.
The MAT program is an online program where elementary- and middle-school mathematics teachers earn a master's degree, while improving their mathematics content knowledge and learning new strategies to teach mathematics. Williams is also Coordinator of the newly-designed Online Secondary Mathematics Endorsement program, in which certified secondary teachers can add a mathematics endorsement to their teaching certificate by completing fully-online mathematics courses.
Williams was chairperson of Marygrove College's Curriculum Committee for fifteen years (1997 - 2012). The Curriculum Committee reviews new courses, new programs, new majors, new minors, and new certificate programs before they go into effect, and recommends changes to these courses and programs, if necessary. The committee also conducts a thorough review of the curriculum every three or four years.
Currently, Williams is acting chairperson of the Professional Procedures Committee at Marygrove, which reviews and mediates faculty issues. He is also now a member of the Faculty Officers Committee, which leads faculty meetings and meets with the President and Provost monthly to discuss college and faculty issues.
Recently, Williams also served on the Handbook Committee, which revised the Faculty Handbook. He is also a member of the Teacher Certification Liaisons Council, which meets monthly to discuss teacher certification issues.
Williams regularly teaches the following courses: Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III, Probability and Statistics, Differential Equations, College Geometry, Linear Algebra, Abstract Algebra, Concepts in Elementary Mathematics I and II, and Mathematics Senior Seminar, as well as developmental and foundational mathematics courses.