Dr. Pam Williford


Dr. Pamela Kay Williford, professor of education and Irvin School of Education Endowed Chair, is dean of the HSU Irvin School of Education. She is a graduate of Howard Payne College in Brownwood, Texas, where she earned the Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education.

Williford completed her Master of Education degree at Texas Christian University and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in reading education at Texas Woman’s University. Prior to her appointment as dean of the Irvin School of Education in June 1999, she served as a faculty member in the HSU Department of Educational Studies, beginning in the fall of 1993.

Williford began her university teaching career at Howard Payne University in 1987. Her teaching career began in the fall of 1970 as a classroom teacher in Arlington, Texas, Independent School District, where she taught until 1977. She also taught in the independent school districts of Brownwood and Early, Texas, and at Stepping Stones Baptist School in Brownwood.

Williford has numerous professional presentations and honors to her credit. She is an active member in the Texas Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Education Deans of Independent Colleges and Universities in Texas, and Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education, and holds membership in other professional organizations and boards.

Degrees Earned

  • Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, Howard Payne College, 1970
  • Master of Education, Texas Christian University, 1976
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Reading Education, Texas Woman's University, 1994
  • A Princeton Review Best Western College
  • Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
  • Center for Student Opportunity: Promoting a College-Bound Culture
  • US News Best Colleges
  • Military Friendly
  • Colleges of Distinction
  • University and College Accountability Network