Janelle Williams

Janelle L. Williams, Ed.D.

  • Associate Dean, Graduate & Continuing Studies
Media Expertise:
  • Education

Programs I Teach


  • Ed.D, Higher Education (2017)
    Widener University (PA)
  • MPA, Public Administration (2009)
    The Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • BS, Business Marketing (2007)
    Cheyney University (PA)

About Me

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.

Research Interests

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.


Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Visiting Scholar,  Rutgers University - New Brunswick Center for Minority Serving Institutions 


2018 NODA Catalyst Grant recipient

2019 NODA Excellence Fund (NEF) Professional Development Scholarship  recipient

In the Media


  • 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.

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