KP Williams

  • Assistant Teaching Professor



350 Carver
411 Morrill Rd.
Ames IA


Leadership Philosophy: Leadership is an inclusive process by which we create more desirable places to learn, live, work, and build community.

Kyle Patrick (KP) Williams joined the Iowa State University Leadership Studies program faculty in the Fall of 2018. KP teaches an array of courses including LD ST 122, 270, 291, 301, 322, 333 and 370, as well as LAS 151 (LAS Dean’s Leadership Seminar).

KP earned his Ph.D. (2019) in Education, Leadership Studies concentration, in the Donna Ford Attallah College of Educational Studies at Chapman University. KP’s dissertation research was an arts-based study that used narrative inquiry and poetry to story the authentic leadership development of millennial gay men. KP’s scholarly interests focus on Arts-Based Leadership Education and Research and research on community development and leadership, generational leadership, and LGBTQIA+ leadership.

KP earned a bachelor’s degree (2010) in Community and Leadership Development at the University of Kentucky and a Master’s degree (2012) in Leadership, Public Policy, and Social Issues from the Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, OH. From 2010-2012, KP served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member and Leader with the Campus Compact projects in South Carolina and Kentucky. After graduate school and national service, KP served as a Visiting Service-Learning Tutor at Lingnan University in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong; Senior Program Coordinator for Academic Community Engagement at Tulane University’s Center for Public Service; Graduate Assistant for Civic Engagement Initiatives at Chapman University; and instructor in the Anteater Leadership Academy at University of California, Irvine.