Kevin Williams

Kevin Williams

Vice Provost and Dean
Graduate School
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Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School Kevin Williams

Kevin Williams joined the faculty of UAlbany’s Department of Psychology in 1987 and has served as Dean for 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.

As Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Williams: 

  • Provides leadership and coordination for campus-wide policies and procedures related to the graduate academic program 

  • Advises the Provost on matters pertaining to graduate study 

  • Formulates executive-level strategies for student recruitment and retention 

  • Administers the Graduate School 

  • Ensures coordination between Graduate Admissions and Academic Affairs 

  • Works with fellow Deans and graduate program directors to develop and interpret academic policies 

  • Advocates for support for graduate students and programs 

  • Meets individually with graduate students upon request 

  • Resolves issues related to graduate study