FACULTY PROFILE M EDDIE WILLIAMS Professor Embraces Mission to Serve ention the name, Eddie Williams, and the burning question is, “Does he ever sleep?” The PHSC instructor covers considerable ground networking with local agencies, creating and attending events at each of PHSC’s five campuses, teaching a full class load, managing a private practice, and more. “Networking is extremely important in the human services field. I strive to provide my students with many opportunities to connect with organizations and agencies within the health services industry,” said Eddie Williams, Ed.D, LMHC, NCC, MCAP, HS-BCPl, PHSC assistant professor, human services. Williams leads by example and networks through programs such as Leadership Hernando, a community leadership program that he himself completed. Additionally, Williams is the advisor for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Human Services Clubs at the College. One look at his credentials and you know Williams is no stranger to hard work and the desire for knowledge. A native of Tampa, he found role models very close to home—in his father, who worked as a supervisor in a local phosphate company and his mother who was a CNA for more than 40 years. “Education has always been important to me,” said Williams, who is currently seeking a second doctorate in social services. In 2011, Williams earned a doctorate in education and in 2009, his master’s in mental health counseling— both from Nova Southeastern University. In 2001, he received his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of South Florida. Williams’ PHSC career began in 2012 when he was hired as an adjunct instructor to teach a substance abuse counseling course at the Spring Hill Campus. In 2015, he was selected to a full-time faculty position and in 2018, he became an assistant professor of human services. 18 PHSC Perspective “There are several helping professions you can pursue that are considered within the industry: counseling, social work, psychology, and nursing/psychiatry,” said Williams. “The more educated I am, the better it is for my students.” Williams provides his students with invaluable insight gained through experience. He spent eight years working at Westbridge in Brooksville, a mental health facility, as a counselor and inpatient residential program manager before leaving to complete his dissertation. While working on his dissertation, Williams held a position at Tampa Community Hospital in their inpatient unit. He also is a licensed mental health counselor in Florida and a Master’s Level Certified Addiction Professional with his own private practice in Land O’ Lakes. Additionally, Williams is a qualified counselor supervisor for social workers and counselor for master’s level and doctoral students who are pursuing licensure in the state of Florida. “I hold required weekly meetings with each student to discuss strategy, values, challenges, and ethical topics while helping students prepare for the state licensure exam,” said Williams. When discovering the many hats Williams wears, it is no surprise that he does cross-fit training and runs 5Ks and half marathons. When asked how he balances it all and finds time to sleep, Williams said, “My students and their education are my priority—after that, planning and prioritizing helps everything else fall into place.” Eddie Williams participating in Leadership Hernando program activities.