Areas of Expertise
- Diversity in Higher Education
- Student Engagement
- Student Development
Dr. Michael Steven Williams is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis in the College of Education at the University of Missouri. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from Villanova University, his master’s degree in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University (OSU).
Primarily a quantitative researcher, his interests broadly focus on equity and diversity, the social psychological development of students, and institutional diversity in American postsecondary education. Specifically, he centers his inquiry on two aspects of higher education: (a) the student, particularly graduate (e.g., masters, doctoral, professional) student socialization and mentoring and (b) the institution, with a focus on specialized institutions such as historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
Before joining the faculty at Mizzou, he served as an Assistant Professor in the Austin W. Marxe School of Public & International Affairs at Baruch College, City University of New York. He has also served as a student affairs educator in a number of different roles including but not limited to Residence Hall Director, Living Learning Community Assistant Director, Admissions Assistant, Lecturer, and Graduate Research Associate.