Kevin J. Williams
Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies
Kevin Williams joined the faculty of UAlbany’s Department of Psychology in 1987 and has served
as Dean of Graduate Studies since June, 2010. Prior to his current role, he served as director of
undergraduate advising in Psychology from 1994-2005, graduate director from 2005-2007, and
department chair from 2007-2010. He has also been area head for the industrial-organizational
psychology and the social-personality graduate doctoral programs.
Williams’ research and teaching interests focus on the application of psychology to organizational
settings. The recipient of the President’s and Chancellor’s Excellence Awards in Teaching in
2007, Williams is known for his devotion to students. In 2002, he was honored for excellence in
undergraduate advising in the psychology department.
His major areas of research are (1) human motivation and performance, where he studies the self-
regulatory processes that guide goal strivings and goal revision over time; (2) the psychology of blame,
where his work explores the social-cognitive processes that underlie the allocation of blame for
accidents; and (3) employee assessment and appraisal, where his work seeks to identify best practices
for assessing and evaluating employee aptitude and performance. His research appears in such journals
as Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Performance, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision
Processes, and Academy of Management Journal. Williams received his Ph.D. in psychology from the
University of South Carolina in 1984.