Joseph Williams

Associate Professor of Education


  • Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2011
  • M.S., Minnesota State University, 2007
  • B.S., Minnesota State University, 2005
  • A.S., Colby Community College, 2003
  • A.A., Colby Community College, 2003

Joseph Williams is an Associate Professor in the Counselor Education Program in the Department of Human Services. Previously he was an Assistant Professor in the Counseling and Development program at George Mason University. His primary line of research focuses on identifying and understanding the factors and processes that contribute to the educational resilience and college and career readiness of K-16 students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds. The central objective of Dr. Williams' research is to help uncover “grounded theoretical” explanations of alterable factors that support academic achievement despite exposure to personal and environmental adversities and how those factors operate in the daily lives of students from low-income families. His second line of inquiry examines multicultural-social justice training practices for K-12 counselors, educators, and other helping professionals. He has over 10 years of practical experience counseling children, adolescents, and families in both school and mental health settings.