Janelle L. Williams, Ed.D.
- Associate Dean, Graduate & Continuing Studies
Programs I Teach
- Professional Studies (AS/BS)
- Liberal Studies (BA)
- Organizational Development & Leadership (BA)
- Organizational Development & Leadership (MA)
- Ed.D, Higher Education (2017)
Widener University (PA)
- MPA, Public Administration (2009)
The Pennsylvania State University (PA)
- BS, Business Marketing (2007)
Cheyney University (PA)
I have a range of both administrative and teaching experience, from mentoring doctoral dissertations to teaching graduate courses in higher education and student affairs. I embrace each teaching opportunity and I have worked enthusiastically and effectively with students at a variety of levels.
I believe in keeping all my courses and advising sessions student-centered, and so as an instructor, my pedagogical approach focuses on creating dialogue with students that help them think critically and independently arrive at answers related to the course material.
As a scholar-practitioner, my scholarship investigates college choice and enrollment patterns at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), contemporary approaches to address challenges facing HBCU enrollment, and the experiences of Black women in higher education through critical qualitative inquiry.
My most recent work has been highlighted by Diverse Issues in Higher Education, MSIs Unplugged, The HBCU Times, The New York Times and LA Times.
Williams, J. L. (2018, May). HBCU by choice: Examining the college choice of black HBCU undergraduates. Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions, Philadelphia, PA
Williams, J.L. & Tyler-Hardaway, A. (2018, September). The metaphysical dilemma: Academic Black women. Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Palmer, R. & Williams, J.L. (2019). Ph.D. to professor: An open letter to a young scholar. In Brooks, F.E., Hilton, A.A., Davis, C.H., & Hamrick, R. (Eds). (Under Contract). The beauty and the burden of being a Black professor. Emerald Publishing, United Kingdom
Jones, B. & Williams, J. L. (2020, August) Institutions must be held accountable for how they are failing Black academics — and Black women academics in particular. Hechinger Report
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
Visiting Scholar, Rutgers University - New Brunswick Center for Minority Serving Institutions
2018 NODA Catalyst Grant recipient
In the Media
- Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
- The Hechinger ReportOPINION: ‘Institutions must be held accountable for how they are failing Black academics — and Black women academics in particular’
- Associate Dean of Graduate & Continuing Studies Selected for Diversity in Leadership Scholars Program
Janelle Williams, associate dean of Graduate & Continuing Studies, was selected to receive a scholarship for the Bethaida "Bea" Gonzalez Diversity in Leadership Scholars Program from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA). The program's goal is to equip diverse professionals at any stage of their career with the skills and knowledge needed to move into leadership positions on campus, in the field of Professional, Continuing, and Online Education, and in UPCEA.