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Dr. Krystal L. Williams, Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies (ELPTS), was selected as one of 15 Emerging Scholars by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education who represent the future of the academy.

For the past 20 years, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education has recognized an interdisciplinary group of minority scholars who represent the very best of the U.S. academy.  According to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, “these professors have distinguished themselves in their various academic disciplines and are actively working to make our society more equitable and just.”

Williams joined the faculty in the Higher Education Administration program in 2017. Prior to UA, she held various policy and research positions including senior research associate at the United Negro College Fund Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute and was an American Educational Research Association (AERA) Postdoctoral Fellow at the Educational Testing Services.

She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree in mathematics from Clark Atlanta University and Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Michigan.

Williams research addresses higher education and public policy, STEM (science, technology, education, and mathematics), access and equity for underrepresented groups, strengths-based research, and student role strain and adaptation.  Her research has been published in prestigious academic journals including the American Educational Research JournalJournal of STEM Education ResearchJournal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, and the Journal of Multicultural Education.   She is co-author of the “2018 Status Report on Engineering Education: A Snapshot of Diversity in Degrees Conferred in Engineering” published by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU).

Peter Hlebowitsh, the Dean of the College of Education at The University of Alabama observed that “Professor Williams is one of our brightest shining stars, streaking into the literature of her field and into the hearts and minds of our students.  Our college is proud to claim her, and I am especially thrilled because I know that her best work is still in front of her.”

To learn more about the Emerging Scholars 2021 Special Issue, visit the Digital Edition link:   Emerging Scholars Digital Edition (January 21, 2021)

To learn more about Dr. Williams, visit her webpage.  If you would like to contact Dr. Williams, she can be reached via email at