NSCC Welcomes Dr. Jermaine F. Williams, New Vice President of Student Affairs

williams, jermaine vry smlJermaine F. Williams, Ed.D., has joined North Shore Community College as the Vice President of Student Affairs. Dr. Williams is responsible for: operational oversight of the Division of Student Affairs, which focuses on promoting student success by improving access, transition, persistence, retention, and graduation rates and ensuring students’ pathways are aligned with their goals of transferring and/or obtaining a job. Student Affairs comprises state, fee, and grant funded academic and academic support programs and initiatives: enrollment management areas, orientation, student life, student leadership development, academic advising and career advising, TRIO Student Support Services, health and disability services, judicial affairs, and veterans services.

In addition, Dr. Williams will oversee the assessment of student services for continuous improvement in collaboration with the Planning, Research, and Assessment team, as well as other appropriate cross-college stakeholders, and advance college policies that are reviewed through enrollment management and student success lenses.

Dr. Williams was the Assistant Vice President for Access, Transition, and Success and Assistant Dean of Academic Development while at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) for more than four years. NEIU is a multi-campus urban Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) located in Chicago that serves more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Prior to NEIU, Dr. Williams worked at: the Community College of Philadelphia as Director of Student Success Initiatives; Temple University as Coordinator of First-Year Student Programs and Academic Advisor; the Transitional Work Corporation as a Career Advisor; and St. John’s University as an Assistant to the Director of the University Freshman Center and Assistant Coordinator of Self-Pace Program.

Since 2004, Dr. Williams has taught as an adjunct instructor, guest lecturer and instructor at all the institutions of higher education where he was employed. As a recognized specialist in the field of students in transition, student success, and assessment, Dr. Williams has edited sections of multiple books, journal manuscripts, and conference proposals and has substantive experience in making national presentations. Dr. Williams recently co-authored a chapter, Supporting the College Transition Process and Early Academic Success Through an Integrative Summer Learning Experience, which will appear in “Higher Education Access and Choice for Latino Students: Critical Findings and Theoretical Perspectives”. http://www.sponpress.com/books/details/9781138857940/

Dr. Williams led the redevelopment and implementation of a program that recently received the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) 2014 Excellence Award, Gold Category, in category of “Enrollment Management, Financial Aid, Orientation, Parents, Persistence, First-year, Other-year, and related” for Northeastern Illinois University’s summer bridge program.

Dr. Williams received his Artium Baccalaureus in Anthropology and Sociology from Lafayette College, a Master of Arts in Sociology from St. John’s University, a Master of Education in Educational Administration with a Higher Education Specialization and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Administration with a Higher Education Specialization from Temple University. He also holds a certificate, from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, for completion of the Management Development Program.

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