Local graduate earns doctorate

WEST LAFAYETTE -- Jessica E. Clements Williams, a 2002 graduate of Ridgewood High School, received a doctorate degree June 27 from Purdue University.

She earned her bachelor's degree from Capital University in English literature with minors in creative writing and Spanish in 2006 and her masters's degree from the Ohio State University in English and literature with concentrations in rhetoric and composition and digital media studies in 2008. While at Ohio State, she also served as a graduate teaching associate, teaching courses in introductory and intermediate composition.

Williams' doctorate from Purdue University is in English with a specialization in rhetoric and composition. Her secondary areas of specialization include rhetoric, technology and digital writing as well as public rhetorics. During her doctoral studies at Purdue, Williams taught courses in introductory composition and professional writing, both for native and non-native speakers of English and she worked as a tutor in Purdue's Writing Lab. She served as Technology Mentor for the Introductory Composition at Purdue program fro the 2010-2012 academic years and as the Workshop/WAC Coordinator for the Purdue Writing Lab for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Williams accepted a position as assistant professor of English and writing center director at Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash., beginning in fall 2013.

She is the daughter of Joann Clements of West Lafayette and John Clements of Newcomerstown. She is married to Rick Williams and they have a 1-year old son, Brevin.