Dr. Jacqulyn Williams

Head of Teaching, Learning, and Strategic Initiatives. Assistant Professor.


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Doctor of Philosophy, Higher Education: Research, Evaluation and Enhancement
Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University, UK
Dissertation: ‘An Examination of Students’ Intercultural Maturity in Course-Based Experiential Learning: A Case Study in International Higher Education’ (VIVA Late May/Early June 2021)

Higher Education Management Certificate
School of Continuing Studies, Georgetown University

Master of Library and Information Sciences 
School of Communication and Library Studies, Rutgers University

Bachelor of Arts in English
Douglass College, Rutgers University


Dr. Jacqulyn Williams leads teaching and learning programming and oversees outreach initiatives for VCUarts Qatar Libraries. She oversees reference and information services, including circulation, interlibrary loan, and course reserves as well as manages information services data collection, metrics, and analysis. She consults with faculty from across the university to enhance learning in the studio and fine arts and provides one-on-one course-specific academic support to students. As the lead teaching and learning librarian at Georgetown University in Qatar from 2011 to 2017 to her current role as Head of Teaching, Learning, and Strategic Initiatives at VCUarts Qatar Libraries, Jacqulyn has assumed responsibility for leading and managing a broad spectrum of initiatives and activities for faculty and students as well as public and professional development events in service to the wider Qatar community.

Currently, Jacqulyn Williams serves as the Experiential Learning Coordinator for VCUarts Qatar and holds a leadership position as Co-Chair of the Relevant, Experiential, and Applied Learning (REAL) Curriculum Committee for VCU. 

Research Interests

Jacqulyn’s research interests include the role academic libraries play in leading, partnering, and contributing to the integration of high impact practices in undergraduate education. Her recent scholarship examines how students understand and experience intercultural learning in course-based undergraduate education in international higher education contexts and the ways in which educators shape the learning environment to promote intercultural maturity. 

  • High impact practices in academic libraries
  • International higher education 
  • Global and intercultural education 

Teaching Experience

ARTH 292: Writing for Art History, Co-Instructor, VCUarts Qatar, Spring 2019

HONR 300: Honors Experiential Learning Project course, Faculty Mentor, VCUarts Qatar, 2019 – 2020

Introduction to Basic Research Essentials, Instructor, Community Education program, Georgetown University in Qatar, Fall 2016

Previous Professional Experience

Reference & Instructional Librarian
Georgetown University in Qatar (February 2011 - August 2017)


Select Publications
Williams, J. A., & Schiwietz, C. (2020). Current understandings of global competency in shaping globally engaged citizens. In Leadership strategies for promoting social responsibility in higher education. Emerald Publishing Limited.

Williams, J. A. (2018). Information literacy and writing studies in conversation: Re-envisioning library-writing program connections [Review of Information literacy and writing studies in conversation: Re-envisioning library writing program connections, by A. Baer]. Communications in Information Literacy, 12(2), 230–234.

Martin, J., Johnston, N., Guilmartin, L., and Williams, J.A. (2015) Sustainable and effective professional development for diverse libraries: Current status and best practice. Paper presented at International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) WLIC, Cape Town, SA.


Select Presentations, Lectures, and Panels

Williams, J. (2019, October). Current understandings of global learning at an international branch campus: A case study of students’ intercultural maturity and development. Poster session presented at the Global Citizenship for Campus, Community and Careers Conference, Association of American Colleges and Universities, San Antonio, TX.

Williams, J.A. (2015) Lessons from the desert: The evolution of the professional development committee and its efforts to promote student learning and performance in the Gulf. Presented at the American Library Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Martin, J., Guilmartin, L., and Williams, J. (2014) Sustainable and effective professional development for information literacy: Current status and thoughts for the future. Presented at the European Conference on Information Literacy, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Williams, J.A. (2014). Assessment and research: Advancing evidence-based learning and teaching in academic libraries. Presented at the Regional Professional Development Conference, Information Literacy Network of the Gulf, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman.

Curtis, S. and Williams, J.A. (April, 2020) Maintaining engagement in an online environment. Moderator for open Zoom session for faculty and staff of partner institutions in Education City, hosted by the Qatar Teaching and Learning Forum.  More than 85 faculty and staff attended this session.

Barth, H.K., Hodges, A., LaMay, C., Larson, A., Mitchell, T., and Williams, J. (2019). Encouraging authenticity in student writing. Panelist at the Qatar Teaching and Learning Forum (QTLF) Education City Panel Discussion, NUQ, Doha, Qatar.

Woodward, T., Miller, H., and Williams, J.A. (2019) Getting your feet wet with open educational resources (OERs). Online presentation by VCUarts Qatar Libraries, in collaboration with Cabell Library and ALTLab, VCU.

Almond, I., Andretta, E., Elgindi, S., Ford, S., Haroon, Y., Michel, T., Pirbhai, R., Rosario, U., Thotawattage, I., and Williams, J. (2013). Social justice community forum. Jesuit Heritage Week, Georgetown University in Qatar, Doha, Qatar.

Williams, J.A. (2013). Using online assessment tools and educational analytics to inform information literacy instruction. Presented at the Annual Professional Development Conference, Information Literacy Network of the Gulf, Georgetown University in Qatar, Doha, Qatar.

Funded Research Projects and Grants

Select Contracts, Fellowships, Grants, and Sponsored Research
Qatar Foundation. (2019). Education City Alumni Survey Report: Insights 2019

Faculty Research Grant, Office of Research, VCUarts Qatar, 2019

Professional Service

University | Leadership
Co-Chair, Curriculum Committee, REAL Initiative, Office of the Provost, VCU, 2020 – Present
Member, REAL Council, Office of the Provost, VCU, 2020 – Present 

College | Leadership
Chair, Faculty Advisory Council, VCUarts Qatar (Elected), 2020 – 2021
Member, Dean's Advisory Group, 2020 – 2021
Member, Administrative Advisory Committee, 2020 – 2021
Experiential Learning Coordinator, VCUarts Qatar (Appointed), 2020 – Present 

Invited Judge, NUQ, Media and Research Awards Committee, 2020 – Present
Faculty Representative, VCUarts Qatar, Qatar Teaching and Learning Forum, 2019 – Present
Member, Faculty Awards, 2019 – 2021
Co-Chair, Research Development Committee, 2019 – 2020
Member, Faculty Research Grants, 2017 – 2019
Co-Chair, Teaching and Learning Committee, 2017 – 2019

Service to the Profession | Leadership
Member, Education Committee, Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS), 2018 – Present
Member, Education Committee, College Art Association (CAA), 2017 – 2021
Editorial Team, Book Reviews Editor, Communications in Information Literacy, 2018 – Present
Co-Chair, Professional Development Committee, ILN of the Gulf, 2011 – 2015

Service to the Profession 
Member, Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), 2011 – Present

Search Committees
Member, Innovative Media Studios, Spring 2020
Chair, Innovative Media Studios, Coordinator, Fall 2020

Volunteer Service  
Qatar Little League International, Vice President, Executive Committee, 2019 – Present
United States Peace Corps Volunteer, Namibia, 2000 – 2002
Global Village Team Leader, Habitat for Humanity International, 1999 – Present