Ben Williams, PhDwilliams_ben

As Director of Special Projects, Ben will grow, plan, direct, implement, and evaluate special projects across the professional development, technical assistance, and research lines of business. This position includes grant and contract development and program development and implementation.

Ben began work with NAPE in 2010 as a consultant in a number of capacities, first as a member of the implementation team for the NSF-funded Ohio STEM Equity Pipeline Project, and later as the state lead. In 2011, Ben became the Director of the Ohio STEM Equity Pipeline project through a unique partnership between the Ohio Department of Education, Columbus State Community College, and NAPE.  In 2011, he was part of the team that developed the new Program Improvement Process for Equity™ model. Ben has also been one of NAPE’s lead trainers around the country.

Ben spent nearly 12 years at Columbus State Community College in Ohio. There, he coordinated the Secondary Career-Technical Recruitment Process and oversaw the Carl D. Perkins Grant. In his career in education, Ben has worked as a community college and university admissions advisor, an administrator for academic advising, a coordinator for international students, and a teacher in Japan.

Ben earned his BA in psychology and philosophy from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, his MA in student affairs administration and higher education, and his PhD in educational policy and leadership, both from The Ohio State University. Ben’s research interests have revolved around student development and racial identity.  His dissertation was titled “Expanding perceptions of self and other through study abroad in Southern Africa.” Ben’s most recent publication is a book chapter titled “Using research- and evidence-based strategies to increase access and gender equity in STEM: The STEM Equity Pipeline Project” (J.L. Wood and R.T. Palmer, Eds., STEM Models of Success:  Programs, Policies, and Practices in the Community College, 2014).