Julia Williams, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Education Emeritus with the University of Minnesota Duluth. She holds a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership, a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a B.S in Secondary English Education. Her areas of specialty include assessment, continuous improvement processes, and program evaluation. She is a licensed secondary principal and district superintendent. Dr. Williams taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in assessment, program evaluation, curriculum, and leadership. She also served as Faculty on Special Assignment for her last five years at UMD, working to design and implement campus assessment processes and practices and developing trainings and providing assistance to faculty and staff to institute strong assessment practices and reporting. Dr. Williams’ research and publications include studies of schools and the integration of leadership, staff development, student achievement and supervision and she has presented and published nationally and internationally. She has served as primary investigator and as evaluator on several significantly funded multi-year, multi-site grants awarded by the National Science Foundation, the Blandin Foundation, the Wilder Foundation and the US Department of Homeland Security. Julia has served as lead evaluator for accreditation reviews for over 100 schools, systems, digital schools, corporations, and corporation systems. She was a member of the NCA/CASI Minnesota State Council for many years and received the Excellence in Education Award for the state in 2013. She received the UMD Chancellor’s Award for Service in 2017.