Joseph Williams

Joseph Williams

  • Associate Professor

Office Location

Bavaro Hall 137
PO Box 400267
417 Emmet Street S
Charlottesville, VA 22903


Joseph Williams' primary research focuses on identifying the protective factors and underlying processes that contribute to the academic resilience of K-12 students of color and those from low-wealth families. His secondary interest includes multicultural and social justice training practices for (K-12) counselors, educators, and other helping professionals. In addition to publishing scholarly articles and book chapters in these areas, he consults with school districts, communities, associations, and corporations to improve diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts and engage people in productive dialogue and action.

Williams is also the faculty director of Starr Hill Pathways (SHP)—a free, year-round college and career readiness program for Charlottesville youth in grades 7-12 from historically marginalized communities. Williams guides the SHP research agenda.


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

Curriculum Vitae