Outstanding educator

Construction science prof
is AGCís 2004 top teacher

Kenneth C. Williamson, associate professor of construction science at Texas A&M University, received the 2004 Outstanding Educator Award from the Education and Research Foundation of the Associated General Contractors, the nation's largest and oldest construction trade association.

A member of the Texas A&M construction science faculty since 1997, Williamsonís scholarly interests include the theoretical and cognitive development of student learning in construction management, business communications and technology, information systems, architecture, and database and equipment management.

The professor holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Psychology and Technology, a M.S. in Construction Science and a B.A. in Law and Public Administration, all from the University of Oklahoma.

Prior to joining the Texas A&M faculty, Williamson taught construction science at Illinois State University and the University of Oklahoma. He also has 14 years of professional construction experience, both private and public, in the areas of residential, commercial, and specialty contracting, and in construction management.

Williamson has earned nine national teaching, service and research awards, including the 2002 Associated Schools of Construction National Teaching Award, the IDEA 1997 Outstanding Drafting Educator Award and the 1993 Regan Research Award.

He is an avid supporter of student organizations and has worked closely with the AGC on the local and national levels.

Throughout his academic career, Williamson has authored more than 45 articles in prestigious refereed journals and for conference proceedings, and he as earned more than $800,000 in academic grants and awards.

The professor is a member of the American Institute of Constructors, the National Consortium of Instruction and Cognition, the American Indian Cultural Society, and Epsilon Pi Tau, Gamma Theta Chapter.

The AGC Education and Research Foundation was founded in 1968 as a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to improving the science of construction. Over the past 35 years, the foundation has provided more than $5 million for nearly 2,300 college scholarships (undergraduate scholarships and graduate scholarships) from over 80 universities across the United States. In addition to granting college scholarships, the foundation recognizes outstanding educators, sponsors an annual student essay competition, and supports a wide array of industry-related educational programs.

The foundation's activities are made possible by voluntary contributions from members of the Consulting Constructors' Council of America, AGC members, AGC chapters, and the proceeds from various foundation fundraising events.

The Outstanding Educator Award includes a $2,000 cash award and an all-expense-paid trip to the AGC Annual Convention, plus two $2,000 AGC student scholarships for which the educator can designate winners from his/her employing institution.

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Kenneth C. Williamson