Spencer Willis, Jr.

Dr. Spencer Willis
Assistant Professor of Practice


My piece of the puzzle:

Spencer serves as an expert in online teaching, learning and educational technology. His work involves designing and facilitating faculty development trainings for UA faculty teaching online, participating in peer review of teaching (in-person and online), and collaborating with Digital Learning to support online course development and quality assurance.  Spencer holds a joint appointment as Lecturer in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH), Department of Health Promotion Sciences.

Current activities include:

  • Facilitating "Applying the Quality Matters (QM) Rubric" Workshops
  • Career/Professional Development course development (MEZCOPH & OIA)
  • Facilitating interactive videos with PlayPosit mini-course
  • Workshop in development: "Team Based Learning Online"
  • Participating in peer evaluation of teaching
  • Online teaching consultations
  • Participation in collaborative efforts with OIA colleagues and Digital Learning

Background & Education:

Spencer began his career in academia as an Assistant Professor of Health Promotion at Texas A&M University-Commerce, later relocating to Tucson to serve as Director of Online Programs and faculty advisor for the online MPH internship at MEZCOPH. His professional interests include experiential and active learning online as well as career and professional development in public health.

Spencer earned an undergraduate degree in nutrition and dietetics from Alcorn State University, a graduate degree in health studies from the University of Alabama, and the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree from Jackson State University.

Education must not simply teach work - it must teach life.”  -  W. E. B. Du Bois