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Ethel WilliamsEthel Williams, Ph.D.

Reynolds Professor of Public Affairs
Date of Appointment: 1996

Phone: (402) 554.2659
Fax: (402) 554.2682
Office: CB 111

Primary Expertise

Public Policy
General Public Management
Urban Studies


B.A., Talladega College, 1971
M.P.A., Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, 1972
Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1996

Courses taught

Introduction to Public Administration
Public Personnel Management
Policy Design & Implementation

Professional Research

Professor Williams' teaching and research centers on personnel and policy issues. She has published refereed articles in Public Performance and Management Review, Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, and the Journal of Health and Human Services Administration.

Professional Activities and Awards

Professor Williams serves on the Personnel Board for the City of Omaha where she has served as chair and secretary. She has also served on the Judicial Nominating Committee for the state of Nebraska and on numerous other local boards and commissions

  • Serves on the editorial board for Public Performance and Management Review
  • Served three years on the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA), and site visitor since 1995 for the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)
  • UNO Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Public Affairs and Community Service, 2002.
  • Pi Alpha Alpha honorary society.

Hobbies & Interests

Professor Williams enjoys singing and is an active member of her church choir. Professor Williams' favorite thing is spending time with her grandchildren--Andra 5 and Ashiya 3.