Earlanda Williams, Ph.D.
Dr. Earlanda Williams is an Assistant Professor of Anatomy in the Department of Applied Biomedical Sciences at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) School of Osteopathic Medicine. She joined the faculty at UIW in August 2016 after spending seven years as a faculty member at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA). Dr. Williams earned a Ph.D. in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology at UTHSCSA in 2009. Her dissertation research focused on the molecular mechanisms involved in T cell tolerance to the acetyl-choline receptor, the autoantigen in Myasthenia gravis.
While at UTHSCSA, Dr. Williams dedicated much of her time to teaching and service related to anatomy education. Her primary teaching responsibilities included course directorships in human gross anatomy for dental and physical therapy students. She was instrumental in the design and directorship of a new Inter-professional Human Anatomy course for occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, biomedical engineering and masters in anatomy graduate students. Dr. Williams also designed and directed an anatomy teaching elective available to selected upper division students with an interest in teaching.
Dr. Williams’ current interests include anatomy education and the development of innovative techniques for teaching the anatomical sciences. She is active nationally as a member of the American Association of Anatomists (AAA), an elected member of the AAA Advisory Committee for Young Anatomists and as a member of the American Association of Dental Education. In January 2016, she received a five year appointment as an Anatomical Sciences section member on the National Board Dental Test Construction Committee. To her credit, Dr. Williams has fulfilled a contract with F.A. Davis publishing for ancillary materials for a dental hygiene text book and is currently in the process of designing anatomy educational software for use in specific anatomy courses.