Robert “Rob” Williams (he/him/his) joined San Francisco State University in 1999 as faculty member for the academic Department of Counseling in the College of Health and Social Sciences. After 18 years training future Marriage, Family and Child Counselors, Dr. Williams joined the Graduate College of Education as its Associate Dean. Dr. Williams is responsible for the college’s assessment cycle, accreditation processing, curriculum processing, and student services. A key feature of his work is the development of a comprehensive recruitment plan for the college to not only increase enrollment, but to ensure that allies and teachers of color are among our future teachers. Successful activities have included EduCorps, an Application Summit/Open House, and an event called Dia de la Familia. In addition to recruitment, Dr. Williams uses donor funds to provide free CSET subject matter subtest preparation workshops to Elementary, Secondary, and Education Specialist students who need the support. This effort especially and positively impacts students of color. His research focuses on identifying and embracing cultural characteristics in the African American community that protect adolescents from substance use and delinquency.
Dr. Robert Williams
Associate Dean, San Francisco State University
San Francisco State University