by Deborah Haley
Among the many professors you may meet in the Rhoades Science Center at Valley City State University is Casey Williams. Williams works as assistant professor in the Department of Science, teaching classes in VCSU’s popular Fisheries and Wildlife Science program.
Williams has taught at VCSU since the fall of 2011. He grew up in Louisiana and earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern State University (Natchitoches, La.). He then attended Texas State University (San Marcos, Texas) for his master’s and Ph.D. Afterward, he completed a postdoctoral position at Utah State University (Logan, Utah).
How did Williams find his way to North Dakota? After visiting South Dakota with a friend on a hunting trip, he began applying for jobs in both North and South Dakota. “VCSU is completely different,” according to Williams. “Student interactions with each other and faculty—that’s what I like.”
His care for and dedication to his students was recognized when he received the VCSU Teacher of the Year award for 2013–14. “It’s a great honor because it’s student driven,” said Williams. “It’s the best award I’ve ever received.”
In addition to teaching, Williams serves as the sponsor/advisor of VCSU’s American Fisheries Society Student Subunit, which provides activities for its members, typically students in the Fisheries and Wildlife Science program.
When he’s not teaching or advising, Williams enjoys hunting, fishing, cooking and gardening. He lives on a small farm with his wife and two sons, where they garden and raise both hogs and chickens. Professor Williams talks fondly of his cooking skills, “Well, coming from the South, I like good food.” He enjoys experimenting in both the garden and the kitchen, always up for a new challenge.
From the classes he’s taught to the students he’s helped, Casey Williams has positively impacted VCSU, and he plans to continue to do so in the future.