Assistant Professor - Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration

As an Assistant Professor for the Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration program at the University of Vermont, Dr. Brittany M. Williams (she/her) primarily teaches courses on student development theory, college student development, and organizational theory. Her research and teaching expertise broadly examine issues of (in)equity. Specifically, she focuses on career development and supervision issues, identity development (theory and experiences), social class (in)equality, and education as a social determinant of health.

Dr. Williams is a 2022 through 2024 National Academy of Education (NAEd)/ Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow studying Black college women and HIV/AIDS in Metro-Atlanta. Her personal and professional advocacy recently appeared in AIDS United, National Public Radio, Teach for America, the National Black Women’s Health Imperative, and the National Minority Aids Council. She is also a proud co-founder of two digitally rooted co-mentoring communities for Black women: #SisterPhD and #CiteASista.

Prior to joining the professoriate, she served in housing and residence life, career services, academic affairs, and student engagement. Originally from Southwest Atlanta, Georgia, Williams obtained her Ph.D. in College Student Affairs Administration and Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research from the University of Georgia. She holds her bachelor's and master’s degree from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, and Teachers College-Columbia University in New York City, respectively. She is a proud product of Atlanta Public Schools.

Publications

Selected Publications (see attached CV for full listing)

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Williams, B. M., Collier, J. N., Anderson Wadley, B., Stokes, T & Coghill, K. B. (In Press). “‘Should I straighten my hair?’ Narratives of Black college women with natural hair.” NASPA Journal of Women and Gender.

Williams, B. M., Laurent, C., Chawla, R., & Moore, J. X. (2022). Examining educational attainment and allostatic load in non-Hispanic Black women. BMC Women’s Health, 22(75). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12905-022-01641-0

Williams, B. M., & Thompson, D. (2022). HIV/AIDS-related research in U.S. higher education journals: A content analysis. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/dhe0000389

Brown, L., Williams, B. M., & Williams, Q. (2021). Melanin messages: Black college women’s experiences and reflections on navigating colorism. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Advanced online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/dhe0000347

Williams, B. M., & Bedell Anderson, W. (2021). Exploring evolving notions of supervision in higher education and student affairs. New Directions for Student Services, 2021(175), 9-18. https://doi.org/10.1002/ss.20392

Williams, B. M., & Davis, T. J. (2021). Advancing the intentional praxis of supervision in student affairs. New Directions for Student Services, 2021(175), 83-90. https://doi.org/10.1002/ss.20399

Williams, B. M., & Martin, G. (2021). Exploring the rhetoric of social class among firstgeneration, low-income college students. Higher Education Research and Development. Advanced online copy. https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2021.1967885

Williams, B. M., Williams, Q. & Smith, C. (2021). How social class identity influences students’ leadership and advocacy development. New Directions for Student Leadership, 2021(169), 69-76. https://doi.org/10.1002/yd.20422

Linder, C. Grimes, N., Williams, B. M., Lacy, M., & Parker, B. (2020). What do we know about campus sexual violence? A content analysis of 10 years of research. Review of Higher Education, 43(4), 1017-1040. https://doi.org/10.1353/rhe.2020.0029

Williams, Q., Williams, B. M., & Andrews, L. (2020). Exploring Black girl magic: Identity development of Black first-gen college women. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Advanced online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/dhe0000294

Martin, G. L., Williams, B. M., Green, B., & Smith, M. J. (2019). Reframing activism as leadership. New Directions for Student Leadership, 2019(161), 9-24. https://doi.org/10.1002/yd.20317

Whitehead, M. A., Smith, M. J., Williams, B. M., & McDaniel, B. N. (2019). The experiences of Muslim international college students in the U.S. south. College Student Affairs Journal, 37(2), 198-212. https://doi.org/10.1353/csj.2019.0015

Williams, B. M., & Cokley, R. (2019). #GhanaTaughtMe: Graduate study abroad shifting two Black American educators’ perceptions of teaching, learning, and achievement. Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education, 4, 227-244. https://doi.org/10.28945/4424

Martin, G. L., Smith, M. J., & Williams, B. M. (2018). Reframing deficit thinking on social class. New Directions for Student Services, 2018(162), 87-93. https://doi.org/10.1002/ss.20264

Martin, G. L., Williams, B. M., & Reynolds, C. Y. (2018). Understanding social class as identity. New Directions for Student Services, 2018(162), 8-18. https://doi.org/doi:10.1002/ss.20258

Means, D. R., Collier, J., Bazemore-James, C., Williams, B. M., Coleman, R., & Anderson-Wadley, B. (2018). “Keep your spirit aligned”: A case study on Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer students defining and practicing spirituality. Journal of College Student Development, 59(5), 618-623. https://doi.org/doi:10.1353/csd.2018.0057

Books and Monographs

Davis, T. J. & Williams, B. M. (Eds.) (2021). Supervision in student affairs: Approaches and tensions in today’s workplaces [Special issue]. New Directions for Student Services, 2021(175).

Martin, G. L., Linder, C., & Williams, B. M. (Eds.) (2019). Leadership learning through student activism [Special issue]. New Directions for Student Leadership, 2019(161)

Chapters in Books

Williams, B. M., & Newton, L. (In Press). And still we made it: Narratives of success, educational attainment, and opportunity. In L. Patton-Davis, R. Farmer-Hinton, I. Rivers, & J. Lewis (Eds.), Re-authoring savage inequalities: Counter-narratives of striving and success in urban education. SUNY Press.

Williams, B. M., Hotchkins, B., & Evans, M. (In Press). The permeation of whiteness in student leadership organizations. In Z. Foste & T. Tevis (Eds.), Critical whiteness praxis in higher education and student affairs: Considerations for the pursuit of racial justice on campus. Stylus.

Williams, B. M., & Collier, J. N. (2022). Citations are currency: How #CiteASista leverages online platforms to center Black womxn. In B. Turner-Kelly & S. Fries-Britt (Eds.), Building mentorship networks to support Black women: A guide to succeeding in the academics (pp. 100-116). Routledge.

Robinson, T., & Williams, B. (2021). Still retaining each other: Black women building community through social media and other digital platforms. In L. Patton-Davis, V. Evans-Winters, and C. Jacobs, Investing in the educational success of Black girls & women (pp. 258-275). Stylus.

Stewart, T. J., & Williams, B. (2019). Nuanced Activism: A matrix of resistance. In A. Dache-Gerbino, S. J. Quaye, C. Linder, & K. McGuire (Eds.), Rise up!: Activism as education (pp. 201-223). Michigan State University Press.

Hagood, T. C., Watson, C. E., & Williams, B. M. (2017). Reacting to the past: An introduction to its scholarly foundation. In C. E. Watson & T. C. Hagood (Eds.), Reacting to the past: Research into best practices and student learning (pp. 1-16). W. W. Norton.

Awards and Recognition

Outstanding Mentor to Graduate Students, Graduate Students and New Professionals – Community of Practice, ACPA: College Student Educators International (2022)

Robert H. Shaffer Award for Academic Excellence as a Graduate Faculty Member, NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Region IV-E (2021)

First Place, Dissertation of the Year, American Association for Blacks in Higher Education (2020)

Dissertation of the Year, Southern Association for College Student Affairs (2019)

Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Pan African Network, ACPA: College Student Educators International (2019)

Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, Graduate Students and New Professionals Community of Practice, ACPA: College Student Educators International (2019)

Graduate Scholar, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Educational Advancement Foundation (2017)

Outstanding Graduate Student Award (Doctoral), Georgia College Personnel Association (2016)

“Peach of a Program” Award, 1st Place, Georgia College Personnel Association, honoring the most outstanding conference program as voted by attendees (2016)

“Peach of a Program” Award, 2nd Place, Georgia College Personnel Association, honoring the second most outstanding conference program as voted by attendees (2016)

Outstanding Emerging Professional Award, Standing Committee for Women, ACPA: College Student Educators International (2015)

“Peach of a Program” Award, 1st Place, Georgia College Personnel Association College Personnel Association, honoring the most outstanding conference program as voted by attendees (2015)

“Peach of a Program” Award, 1st Place, Georgia Housing Officers & Georgia College Personnel Association, honoring the most outstanding conference program as voted by attendees (2014)

Associations and Affiliations

University of Michigan, National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID)

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA)

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA)

Association for The Study of Higher Education (ASHE)

ACPA: College Student Educators International (ACPA)

NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA)

Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)

National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)

Brittany Williams

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Black Women and Girls
  • Career, Supervision, and Workplace Issues
  • Education and Health
  • Social Class
  • Student and Identity Development Theory
  • Qualitative Research

Education

  • Ph.D., Counseling and Human Development: College Student Affairs Administration, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
  • Graduate Certificate, Interdisciplinary Qualitative Research, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
  • M.A., Sociology of Education, Education Policy, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • B.A., Interdisciplinary Arts, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

Contact

Office Location:

210D Mann Hall

Courses Taught

EDHI 376: Student Development Theory