Williams-Head-ShotDave Williams

Professor Emeritus

Horticulture Department


1991 Ph.D., Horticulture, The Ohio State University
1985 M.S., Horticulture, Auburn University
1980 B.S., Landscape Horticulture, Auburn University

professional experience

Auburn University – March 1, 1991- present
Professor & Head, Department of Horticulture – February 1, 2015 – present
Professor – November 1, 2012 – January 30, 2015
Professor & Head, Department of Horticulture – August 16, 2009 – October 31, 2012
Interim Associate Dean for Instruction, College of Agriculture – November 1, 2007 – August 15, 2009
Professor & Head, Department of Horticulture – February 1, 2006 – October 31, 2007
Professor – October 1, 2003 – January 30, 2006
Associate Professor with Tenure – October 1, 1996 – September 30, 2003
Assistant Professor – March 1, 1991 – September 30, 1996
Extension Program Associate – Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Auburn University, Alabama. August, 1985 – August, 1987

honors and awards

Elbert A. and Barbara L. Botts Endowed Professor – October 1, 2013 – present
Alabama Pecan Growers Association Excellence in Leadership Award – 2012
Paul Smeal Leadership and Administration Award, American Society for Horticultural Science – Southern Region – 2011
Deanā€™s Award for Advising Excellence in the College of Agriculture – 2005
USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, ESCOP/ACOP National Leadership Development Program 2003-2004
Teaching Award of Merit, North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture – 2003
Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award, Auburn University Alumni Association – 2002
Deanā€™s Award for Teaching Excellence in the College of Agriculture – 2000

professionalĀ affiliations

American Society for Horticultural Science
American Society for Horticultural Science (Southern Region)
Educational Concern for Hunger organization (ECHO)


Research ACtivities

Primary involvement in research is through service on graduate committees. Broad areas of engagement include people/plant relationships and trees and green infrastructure.

Extension Activities

Represent the Department of Horticulture among various horticultural commodity organizations as well as with non-commercial stakeholders throughout the state.

recent courses taught

Introduction to Horticulture (HORT 1010) – Fall, 2016
Leading the Way in Agriculture Learning Community (UNIV 1100) – Fall, 2014
Landscape Gardening (HORT 2210) – Fall, 2014
Horticulture Practicum (HORT 5910/6910) – Spring, 2014

Select publications

  • Williams, J. David, Donna C. Fare, Charles H. Gilliam, Gary J. Keever, Harry G. Ponder and John T. Owen. Trees for the Southeastern United States: An Auburn University Evaluation. Brown Printing Company, Montgomery, Alabama. 1993.
  • Peer Reviewed Publications
  • Fleener, Ann W., C. W. Robinson, J. D. Williams, and M. Kraska. 2011. Literature in the garden effects on life skills of children. HortTechnol. 21(4):424-428.
  • Williams, J. David, Jeff L. Sibley, Charles H. Gilliam and Greg Creech. 2002. Evaluations of Magnolia grandiflora in South-central Alabama, U.S. J. Arbor. 26(6):215-218.
  • West, D. H., A. H. Chappelka, K. M. Tilt, H. G. Ponder and J. D. Williams. 2002. Effect of tree shelters on growth and gas exchange of four tree species under field and nursery conditions. J. Environ. Hort. 20(2):96-100.
  • Sibley, Jeff L., D. Joseph Eakes, J. David Williams and Harry G. Ponder. 2002. Components of strength of Auburn horticulture undergraduate program. HortTechnol. 12(1):168-171.
  • B. R. Hardin, D. J. Eakes, C. H. Gilliam, G. J. Keever and J. David Williams. 2002. Growth and mortality of dogwood cultivars in Alabama. J. Environ. Hort. 20(1):16 – 20.
  • Williams, J. David, Charles H. Gilliam, Gary J. Keever and John T. Owen. 2001. The Auburn University shade tree project: Its roots and fruit. HortTechnol. 11(3):358-361.
  • Hagan, A. K., K. M. Tilt, J. D. Williams and J. R. Akridge. 2000. Susceptibility of crabapple cultivars to several diseases in the Gulf Coast region of Alabama. J. Environ. Hort. 18(4):192-196.
  • Murphree, Brian H., Jeff L. Sibley, D. Joseph Eakes and J. David Williams. 2000. Shade influences propagation of Golden Barberry ā€˜Bailselā€™. HortTechnol. 10(4):752-753.