Hank Williams has taught at several New York institutions on the college level, including the City College of New York (in the SEEK Program), Borough of Manhattan Community College (English Department), New York University (Gallatin School of Individualized Study), Hunter College (Sociology; Africana, Puerto Rican and Latino@ Studies), and SUNY Purchase (Humanities).
He currently teaches in the English and African and African American Studies Departments at Lehman College. He previously taught summer workshops for the SEEK Program at City College, which he had done for over a decade.
As a well-rounded interdisciplinary scholar, his diverse and eclectic interests are reflected in the variety of courses he’s taught. Classes usually look to unite a multidimensional look at an era through the multiple lenses of politics, culture, and artistic forms. Formal training in writing pedagogy and an increasing interest in digital scholarship are reflected in writing across the curriculum and encouraging student embrace of technological tools and communication skills.
Please see the curriculum vitae for a more detailed pedagogical history.
A key part of his teaching philosophy is connecting the university with the wider community and making scholarship as accessible and publicly available as possible. As a result, most courses have open websites with teaching plans and notes from the classes that function as general informational sources.
African American History: course site
Introduction to Critical Reading, Writing, and Research: course site
The Black Arts Movement: course site
Advanced Expository Writing
American Minority Literature
Introduction to Hip Hop History and Culture (course site)
In Full Effect: Hip Hop Culture
Jazz and American Culture (Tutorial)
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity