Rutgers GSE CMSI

Janelle L. Williams

Visiting Scholar

Janelle L. Williams is the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies & Extended Learning at Widener University and a Visiting Scholar in the Rutgers Graduate School of Education.  As a researcher and practitioner, Janelle is passionate, collaborative, and innovative. Her scholarship investigates college choice and enrollment patterns at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), contemporary approaches to address challenges facing HBCU enrollment, and the experiences of Black women in higher education through critical qualitative inquiry. Janelle serves as Co-PI on two grants focused on the experiences of Black students at HBCUs during the Black Lives Matter Movement. Her most recent work explores the factors that influence the enrollment of Black undergraduates who chose to attend HBCUs and has been highlighted by Diverse Issues in Higher Education, MSIs Unplugged, The HBCU Times, The New York Times and LA Times. In addition, Janelle has been an invited panelist and presenter discussing topics relating to her research at national and international conferences. A first-generation college student, Janelle is a graduate of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, America’s oldest HBCU. After earning a B.S. in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing and Hospitality, she continued her education at The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). While at Penn State, she earned an M.P.A in Public Policy and Administration, a certificate in Public Sector Human Resources Management and was certified as a Diversity Relations liaison. In addition, Janelle obtained an M.Ed. in Student Affairs Leadership from Widener University. Coupling her interest in administration, social justice, education, and policy, Janelle earned an Ed.D. from Widener University in Higher Education Administration and Policy.