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Bonita E. Williams, Ph.D.
Dr. Bonita Williams is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist with the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Cooperative Extension Program in 4-H and Youth Development. She received a B.S. degree in Family and Consumer Science from East Carolina University. She also serves as a faculty affiliate for the Virginia Tech Human Development Department.  She graduated with a M.S. degree from North Carolina State University in Adult and Community College Education.  Dr. Williams received her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Career and Technical Education with an emphasis in Educational Research and Evaluation in 2007.  

Her employment experiences have included:  
Family and Consumer Science and 4-H and Youth Development Agent, Chowan County Extension, North Carolina State University

Youth Development Specialist (Youth Placed At-Risk Programming) Lincoln University Cooperative Extension, Jefferson City, Missouri 


RESEARCH INTERESTS
Her broad research interests include positive youth development, cultural competence as a construct, cultural competence and diversity issues, factor analysis, survey development and survey validity and reliability. 

TEACHING AND TRAINING INTERESTS
Dr. Williams' teaching interests include youth development education in non-formal environments, underserved and vulnerable populations, cultural competence, adolescent development, and minority youth identity development.

RECENT AWARDS
American Education Research Association, Division H (Research Evaluation, and Assessment in Schools) First Place Dissertation Award, 2008


Dr. Mary Jane Lang Doctoral Scholarship (University of Missouri-Columbia), 2005-2007

H.H. London Research Assistantship (University of Missouri-Columbia), 2004-2005

Lincoln University Outstanding University Women Recognition, 2005

1890 University Administrator State Award, 2004

Zonta International Woman of Achievement Nominee, 2004

Missouri State 4-H Council Friend of 4-H Award, 2003


CONTACT INFORMATION


107 Hutcheson Hall (0419)
Blacksburg, VA  24061

540-231-6162

bonita.williams@vt.edu



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