Charles Williams

Job title: 
L&S College Adviser
Math & Physical Sciences A

Title: L&S College Adviser

Neighborhood: Math and Physical Sciences A

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About Charles

Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
March 2019

What is your approach to advising?
My approach to advising is to first gain an understanding of where students are academically and personally, then tailor a holistic advising approach that is strategically designed to maximize their experience here at UC Berkeley while simultaneously preparing for future endeavors. I tend to emphasize life skill development and critical thinking, as these skills are paramount to success after undergrad regardless of career path.  

Ph.D., Education, University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A., Education, University of California, Santa Barbara
M. Ed., Educational Leadership, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University
B.S., Physical Education, Florida State University

How did you get here?
After completing the graduate program in educational leadership at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University that focused on K-12 education, I graduated from the joint MA/Ph.D. program in education at the University of California, Santa Barbara that focused primarily on higher education and research methodology in an effort to gain a holistic perspective of U.S. education. My graduate research at UC Santa Barbara combined these two subject areas by examining the relationship between adolescent development and extracurricular activity participation on life skill development and academic outcomes that impact post-secondary educational outcomes. Additionally, at UC Santa Barbara I served as a graduate student instructor in the education and Black Studies departments and as the diversity and outreach peer for the division of graduate studies. My intention to pursue an educational career that combines teaching, research, and student development along with a desire to continue to work in the UC led me to my current position at UC Berkeley.      

What advice do you have for L&S students in general?
Consider opportunities to mature and grow as a person in addition to your academic pursuits. Start thinking long term, exploring career paths, research best practices into how to position yourself to achieve your goals. Four (or five) years pass much faster than you may realize.

About me
Outside of academia and higher education in general, I enjoy traveling (passport stamps are amazing!), reading books on kindle, and all types of sports (both as a spectator and a participant). Hulu is really cool too!