Peter W. Williamson

Peter W. Williamson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Teacher Education

Dr. Williamson is an assistant professor of teacher education in the graduate School of Education at the University of San Francisco. Formerly the Director of Stanford's Teachers for a New Era project and an instructor in the Stanford Teacher Education Program, Peter completed his Ph.D. at Stanford in Curriculum and Teacher Education. Before coming to Stanford, Peter taught middle and high school English and journalism in San Francisco Bay Area schools, and worked with advocacy agencies focusing on urban youth. His research interests include the teaching and learning of practice, teacher professional development, teacher effectiveness, urban education, and language acquisition.


Ph.D., Curriculum and Teacher Education, Stanford University

Research Areas

Pedagogy; urban schools; teacher preparation, support, and retention; new teacher induction; discourse; professional communities and learning; education policy; school development and leadership.

Courses Offered
  • M.A. Thesis/Field Project
  • Single Subject Curriculum and Instruction: Academic Literacy
  • Single Subject Curriculum and Instruction: English
  • Learning and Teaching
  • Curriculum Development and Design

Kosnik, C., Simon, R., Williamson, P., Roswell, J. & Beck, C. (March, 2013). Literacy Teacher Educators: Preparing Teachers for a Changing World. Edited book. Rotterdam, the Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Williamson, P., Mercurio, M., & Walker, C. (March, 2013). Songs of the caged birds: Literacy and Learning with Incarcerated Youth. English Journal, 102(4).

Miller, S.J., Williamson, P., George, M.A., King, J., Charest, B., Bieler, D., & Bolf-Beliveau, L. (2011). Applying the CEE position statement Beliefs about social justice in English Education to classroom praxis English Education, 44(1).

Grossman, P., Compton, C., Igra, D., Shahan, E., Ronfeldt, M., & Williamson, P. (2009). Teaching practice: A cross-professional perspective. Teachers College Record, 111(9).

Book Chapters
Williamson, P. (2010). English teaching in the United States. In J. L. Westbrook (Ed), The Complete Guide to Becoming an English Teacher. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Darling-Hammond, L., Dieckmann, J., Haertel, E., Lotan, R., Newton, X., Philipose, S., Spang, E., Thomas, E., & Williamson, P. (2010). Studying teacher effectiveness: The challenges of developing valid measures. In G. Walford & E. Tucker (Eds.), The Handbook of Measurement: How Social Scientists Generate, Modify, and Validate Indicators and Scales. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Grossman, P., Compton, C., & Williamson, P. (2009). The making of English educators. In A. Webb (ed.), Doctoral Programs in English Education. Kennesaw State: Kennesaw State University Press.