Engaged in urban education since 1991, Lisa William has distinguished herself as a scholar-practitioner and student advocate. A full-time associate professor in the Bilingual/Multicultural Education Department at Sacramento State University, Lisa also holds an associate professor position at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton to actively maintain direct contact with students from diverse academic, cultural, linguistic and socio-economic backgrounds.
Not one to simply hypothesize about issues facing diverse populations of students in K-12 and higher education, Lisa has wholeheartedly immersed herself in working directly with these student populations and is preparing the teachers who will be placed in their classrooms.
During her doctoral studies at the UC Davis School of Education, Lisa taught English and writing at Sacramento High School while researching how the high-achieving African American students at that school negotiated their social and academic identities. Prior to her teaching and academic career, Lisa worked in advisor capacities for the Education Opportunity Program at Ohlone College in Fremont and at Humboldt State University, providing services for low-income, educationally disadvantaged, and largely first-generation college students.
In 2006, as co-advisor for Sacramento State’s Graduate Education Student Association (GESA), Lisa and her GESA students received the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning (ISETL) Distinguished Fellows Outstanding Presentation Award for presenting a culturally relevant mentorship model to support first-generation graduate students. Locally, Lisa was the first teacher to be recognized as KXTV News10 Teacher of the Month following her 1999 Teacher of the Year nomination in the Sacramento City Unified School District.