NAPE is pleased to announce that Ben Williams, PhD, has joined NAPE as the Director
of Special Projects. In this role, 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.
During the past 5 years, Ben has worked with NAPE 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, he 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. During the past 4 years, in addition to managing
the STEM Equity Pipeline project in Ohio, Ben has been one of NAPE's lead trainers
around the country.
Ben is joining NAPE after having spent nearly 12 years at Columbus State Community
College in Ohio. At Columbus State, 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
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).
Ben can be contacted at 614-596-5730 or firstname.lastname@example.org.