Specializations

  • Science Communication
  • Social Media
  • Mixed Methods

Courses

  • INFO 103 - Social Media, Ethics, And Automation
  • INFO 356 - Moral Reasoning And Interaction Design

Biography

Spencer Williams is an Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of Washington Information School. As a researcher, he specializes in online science communication, leveraging mixed methods to better connect the public with diverse topics like computing, vaccines and nutrition. Through this work, he seeks to boost the positive impact researchers have on the world by making their insights more accessible and usable for domain non-experts. As a teacher, his work focuses on human-computer interaction, emphasizing research methods, design methods, science communication and social media topics. In his teaching, he highlights the professional and ethical issues related to class topics, weaving together rigorous theoretical grounding, practical considerations and a thoughtful approach to the unintended consequence of research and design choices. Williams holds a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of British Columbia and is a Ph.D. candidate in the Human Centered Design & Engineering Department at the University of Washington.

Awards

  • UW Center for an Informed Public Innovation Fund - University of Washington Center for an Informed Public, 2023
  • Nominated for HCDE Student Teaching Award - University of Washington Human Centered Design and Engineering, 2021
  • Nominated for UW Excellence in Teaching Award - University of Washington Human Centered Design and Engineering, 2021

Publications and Contributions

Presentations

  • Understanding COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy (2021)
    Social Determinants of Health Group - Virtual
  • Using Twitter as a Researcher (2021)
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, University of Washington - Virtual
  • Information Needs of Streamers (2020)
    Workshop on Be Part Of It: Spectator Experience in Gaming and eSports at the 2020 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) - Virtual
  • The Effects of Gamma Correction on Correlation Perception in Strip Plots (2017)
    University of British Columbia Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference - Vancouver, British Columbia, CA