April 21, 2014 | Vol. 20 No. 32



Dan Williams named director of TCU Press
Published: 6/14/2010


Dan Williams, English professor and former chair of the department, takes over as director of TCU Press

Dan Williams has been named director of the TCU, taking over for its longtime leader Judy Alter, now retired. During his academic career at TCU, he has served as both professor and chair of the English Department. His particular expertise is in the areas of Early American print culture, theory and practice of narrative and autobiography while is teaching interests range from American Literature to Reconstruction, Contemporary Literature, Composition and Creative Writing. Specific points of interest cover issues of authorship and self-presentation during the early republic, popular culture and cultural studies, textual depictions of captivity and liberty.


“Even though so many presses are closing or having difficulties, I am excited about the future of TCU Press," Dan says. "We are at a time of revolutionary changes not only in publishing, but also in reading and even in literacy.  People — especially young people — are reading differently, and they are reading different kinds of texts.  Any number of remarkable innovations are taking place within the publishing world, and such change offers TCU Press an opportunity to move forward into the new electronic age."


Dan notes that he is especially grateful to Chancellor Boschini, Provost Donovan, and Dean Koelker for supporting TCU Press at a time when there are so many challenges facing small academic presses.  "At its most basic level, TCU Press contributes significantly to the University core mission in discovering, developing, and disseminating knowledge," he states.