Mercyhurst University

Karen Williams, Ph.D.

Professor of Spanish

Preston 203

(814) 824-2120

Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Georgia (1999)
M.A., Spanish Linguistics, University of Georgia (1995)
B.M., Music Performance, Iowa State University (1992)


Teaching and research interests:
Linguistics and Sociolinguistics
Spanish Language
Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy


Courses taught:
Introduction to Spanish I and II
Intermediate Spanish I and II
Spanish Conversation/Composition I
Spanish Conversation/Composition II
Spanish Phonetics
Second Language Acquisition/Methods of Teaching a World Language
Seminar in Sociolinguistics: Languages in Contact
Seminar in Hispanic Culture: Hispanics in the U.S.


“Distance Education Opportunities for Fulfilling General Education Courses.” Presentation to the 50th Annual Meeting of the Association for General and Liberal Studies in Austin, TX. October 7-9, 2010.
“Distance Education Opportunities for Fulfilling General Education Courses”Presentation to the Consortium for Computing in Undergraduate Education (C-CUE). St. Francis University, Loretto, PA. October 2010.

"Advocating Introductory Sociolinguistics Courses as a Response to Declining Interest in Traditional Foreign Language Studies". Presentation at the 2009 conference of the International Society for Language Studies in Orlando, FL. June 2009.

“Making it Matter: Using the Connections Standard to Reach Non-Majors in the College Language Classroom.” Presentation to the International Meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), San Diego, CA. August 2007.


Human Communication Across Cultures: A Cross-Cultural Introduction to Pragmatics and Sociolinguistics, (2016) Equinox Publishing.