Shandra Terrell Williams was recently named chair of the Department of Human Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
Williams served as assistant professor at UAPB for four years before resigning in 2004 to become assistant dean of student affairs and director of the Teaching/Learning Center at Tuskegee University, College of
Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health.
It is a position she held until 2008 when she became president and CEO of Ready for College Inc., a community-based organization to help children in grades K-12 prepare for college. She was also site supervisor for the Wall St. 21st Century Community Learning center in Tallassee, Ala.
Educators in the Pine Bluff area may be familiar with Williams as she coordinated the
the 2004 Family Involvement Summer Institute for public school teachers, administrators, staff
Williams has a doctorate degree in education from the University of Minnesota; a master’s degree in technical education from Tuskegee University and a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science from Wilmington College in Delaware. Her area of specialization is work, community and family education.
Her background includes program planning, development and grant writing. Within six months of starting Ready for College, she received more than $625,000 in grant funds and through her work with school systems, she has secured more than $1.5 million for their after school programs.
Williams has six years of senior level and 15 years of director-level experience in university, government and community-based organizations.
“I am pleased to welcome Dr. Williams back to UAPB where she will play a vital role in
leading academic and research programs and managing recruitment, assessment and retention
programs in the UAPB Department of Human Sciences,” said James O. Garner, dean/
director of the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences.
Williams will also be responsible for oversight of the Child Development Center and the Human Sciences Cafeteria.
The Department of Human Sciences at UAPB includes includes four areas of specialization or units: food service/restaurant management; human development and family studies; merchandising, textiles and design; and nutrition and dietetics. Also, the Delta Obesity Research Grant is in the department.
Carol Sanders is a writer/editor at the UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences.