DAVID S. WILLIAMS, Professor of Religion, Associate Provost and Dean of the Jere W. Morehead Honors College, a position he has held since 2004. In his position, Williams oversees the operations of the Honors Program as well as the campus-wide Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) and the Foundation Fellowship, the university’s premier academic scholarship. He also serves as UGA’s campus faculty representative for several nationally competitive scholarships, including the Rhodes, Marshall, Goldwater, Truman, and Udall scholarships, and he has responsibility for the Student Fulbright Scholarship.
An alumnus of the UGA Honors Program, Williams received his bachelor’s degree in 1979 and a master’s degree from UGA in 1982, following a year of intensive language study at Emory University in 1980. After earning his Ph.D. in Ohio in 1988, he joined the UGA faculty in the Department of Religion in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences in 1989. Prior to being appointed director of the Honors Program, he served as head of the department from 2002 to 2004.
A specialist in the study of religion, focusing on biblical studies, Williams has produced more than 50 scholarly articles and three books, including From Mounds to Megachurches: Georgia’s Religious Heritage, which was published by the University of Georgia Press in 2008.
In 2017, Williams was named the inaugural Jere W. Morehead Distinguished Professor. He also holds the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship, UGA’s highest teaching award, and has received several additional recognitions of his teaching including the Richard B. Russell Undergraduate Teaching Award.
PhD, Hebrew Union College