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Elizabeth A. Williams, Ph.D.
Elizabeth A. Williams, Ph.D.
Director of Survey and Evaluation Research

Elizabeth A. Williams is Director of Survey and Evaluation Research in the Office of Academic Planning and Assessment at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Formerly Associate Director for Research in the University’s Student Assessment, Research & Evaluation Office (SAREO), she has more than twenty-five years of experience doing research in the field of higher education and for UMass Amherst, specifically. Liz directs evaluation activities to support educational effectiveness; consults on research design, survey construction, and data analysis for academic departments, individual faculty members, and other units; and collaborates with other University areas to coordinate and centrally organize campus-wide, school/college, and department-specific survey research activities.

Williams has published articles on doctoral student advising, college student engagement with campus diversity, campus climate, and survey research methods in a variety of higher education journals, including Research in Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, and The Journal of Higher Education. She has given more than 50 research presentations at national and regional conferences, and has served as Associate Editor of the NASPA Journal.

Liz is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy, Research & Administration (EPRA), and has served as a core faculty member in the Higher Education graduate program for the past decade, advising students and teaching primarily research methods courses, including an advanced course on survey research.

Williams holds a B.A. in Sociology and English from Connecticut College, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She can be contacted at or 413-545-0736.

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