Senior Vice Provost
Engagement and Academic Outreach
Julie E. Williams, Ph.D. is the Senior Vice Provost for Engagement and Academic Outreach at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). She previously served as associate vice president for research and public service. Her office provides collaborative leadership working across the University to support engagement with external partners and to support innovative approaches to faculty development across the life cycle of faculty, from new faculty orientation, to academic leadership for chairs.
Dr. Williams and her office support the work of both individual and interdisciplinary faculty teams, faculty clusters and faculty-external partner teams. This includes leading a portfolio of faculty development academies targeting assistant, associate and full professors and external community partners. Currently, there are two semester and summer-long academies designed for faculty who seek to increase extramural funding success, scholarship, writing productivity and engagement: The Research and Engagement Academy and The Writing Academy. In addition, the semester-long Economic Development Academy, a partnership with UNH Cooperative Extension works with economic development leaders in towns and cities across the state of New Hampshire while the Engaged Scholars Academy (2004 – 2010) targeted tenure track, research and extension faculty interested in developing collaborative partnerships with external collaborators which also enhanced external funding success.
Other faculty development programs led by the Office of the Senior Vice Provost include: New Faculty Orientation, Pathway to Professorship (for associate professors), Academic Leadership Initiative for Chairs and work with interdisciplinary faculty clusters. In addition, the Office has designed a number of topic-based faculty learning communities focusing on STEM, the humanities, sustainable ecosystems, for women associate professors and the library. Williams also works in Washington to enhance the UNH presence at key agencies and sponsors individual and team visits to federal agencies for faculty. She catalyzed the University’s first long term partnership with an historically black university that has been awarded more than $8 million in extramural funding and garnered national recognition from federal agency partners.
Dr. Williams leads a team which includes an executive director, director, program coordinator, seven faculty fellows, and fifteen faculty scholarly coaches. She is currently a co-principal investigator on an NSF ADVANCE grant designed to transform the UNH. She provides oversight for one of the nation's largest undergraduate research conferences and supervises the Joan and James Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science and Engineering Education. In addition to Office programmatic responsibilities, Dr. Williams developed the Engaged Scholars Writing Team whose members have published and presented work at national and international conferences about the impact of various Office programs and interventions.
A native Virginian, Dr. Williams received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Tennessee, was a predoctoral fellow at Yale University, and completed her undergraduate education at the College of William and Mary. She was awarded an American Council on Education (ACE) fellowship served at William and Mary and led the first ACE Fellows convening to three South African universities. Prior to joining UNH, she held faculty and administrative appointments at Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Tennessee, the University of Tennessee Medical Center, and Knoxville College.