Ed.D. Helen Stiff-Williams


Helen Stiff-Williams, Ed.D.


Education & Interdisciplinary Studies


My professional career began as a high school social studies teacher in a rural school district in Southside, Virginia.  Over the years, I spent worked in K-12 schools as an elementary principal, middle school principal and secondary school administrator. In the years that followed my K-12 school administration experience, I served as an assistant superintendent followed by four years as a division chief with the Virginia Department of Education.  My next career step involved serving for four years as department chairman in education at Hampton University. After serving at Hampton University, I transitioned to begin my long tenure as an onine professor at Regent University.

My husband, Willie L. Williams, and I reside in Chesterfield County, VA. We have a blended family of five adult children, along with grandchildren who range in age from approaching college graduation to one-year old twin grandsons. St. Paul's Baptist Church in Richmond, VA, is where we worship and grow! God is blessing us in mighty ways!


  • Regent University, Academic Distinctive Service Award, Twenty Years of Service, Professor, School of Education, August 2018.

  • Regent University, Academic Distinctive Service Award, Fifteen Years of Service, Professor, School of Education, August 2013.

  • Regent University, Academic Distinctive Service Award, Ten Years of Service, Professor, School of Education, August 2008.

  • Regent University, Certificate of Achievement, Recognition of Valuable Contributions to Regent University School of Education, July 12, 2006.

  • Russell C. Hill Award, provided by the National Learning for Life Program, Boy Scouts of America the highest recognition for individual and organizations making an outstanding contribution to Character Education, awarded on March 3, 2006.

  • National Learning for Life Program, Service Award for contributions to the Implementation of Character Education, 2004.

  • Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia, awarded tenure as a professor in the School of Education, 2004.

  • Regent University, Academic Distinctive Service Award, Five Years of Service, Professor, School of Education, August 2003.

  • Regent University Nominee for Virginia State Outstanding Faculty Award, Virginia State Council of Higher Education, Winter 2001-02.

  • Outstanding Faculty Award, School of Education, Regent University, 2001.

  • Award for Excellence in Teaching in Distance Education, Regent University, January 1999.

  • Recognition, Excellence in Educational Service in VA, Awarded by Governor George Allen, 1997.


Hatcher, III, J. W., Stiff-Williams, H. R., & Hanes, J. C., (2014), “The African-American Adolescent Male Identity Development Crisis: A Mixed-Methods Design Exploring the Relationship Between Ethnic Identity Development Status and Academic Achievement”, Journal of African-American Males in Education.

Stiff-Williams, H. R. (2012-2015) Cornerstone Regent University Faculty Blog, “21st Century Skills at the Core of America’s Employment Conundrum,” Access at http://blogs.regent.edu/faculty/?utm_campaign=regent-blog-     directory&utm_medium=website&utm_source=website&utm_content=faculty-blog

Stiff-Williams, H. R. (2011). How Should Educators Then Live and Practice.  In Arroyo, A. & Jordan, H. (Eds.).  Secret kingdom principles for educators.   Boston: Pearson Education, Inc.

Stiff-Williams, H. R. & Sturtz, J.P. (Spring, 2012). Interviewing the "Lost Generation" from the Closed School Era of Prince Edward County, Virginia, Social Education, the Journal of the National Council of Social Studies.

Stiff-Williams, H. R.  2010.  Widening the Lens: Teaching Character Education Alongside Standards Curriculum.  The Clearing House, 83:  115-120.

Stiff-Williams, H. R. 2009. The Robert Russa Moton Museum and the Civil Rights In Education Historical Trail, Virginia Review Journal. Spring 2009. Online version available at: http://www.vareview.com/mag/newlook.asp?is=jf09&ar=f2

Stiff-Williams, H. R. & Higgins-D’Alessandro, A. 2008.  Commissioned Website. The Character Education Teacher Resource: An Online Guide, U. S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, URL:

Rovai, A., Gallien, L.B & Stiff-Williams, H.R. (Eds.) 2008. Closing the African American achievement gap in higher education. Columbia, NY: Teachers College Press.


Presenter, “In the Online Learning Environment:  Tackling the Pernicious Effects for First-Generation College Students", NASPA First-Generation College Student Conference for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education,
June 16-19, 2019, Orlando, FL

Invited Panelist, Forum on Charter Schools and Other K-12 Educational Alternatives, Sponsored by Virginia Educational Association and the Richmond Chapter of the NAACP, Richmond Metro Area Education Forum, St. Bethel AME
Church, Third & Jackson Street, Richmond, Virginia, October 26, 2017.

Co-Presenter, “Developing the Character of K-16 Learners in Academic Settings. Presentation delivered at the Conference for Creative Education & Psychology and Social Harmony in Suzhou, China, July 28, 2016.

Lead Presenter, “Bullying Prevention and Discipline: Teaching Empathy and Transforming School Culture,” Character Education Partnership (CEP) Forum, Washington, D.C., October 25, 2013

Lead Presenter, “Serving African American Male Students: Essential School and Classroom Changes,” ASCD 2013 Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, March 18, 2013

Lead Presenter, “Bullying Prevention and Discipline: Teaching Empathy and Transforming School Culture,” ASCD 2013 Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, March 15, 2013

Presenter, “Teacher Readiness for Implementing Character Education,” Character Education Partnership (CEP) Forum, San Francisco, October 20-21, 2011

Presenter, “SMART Teaching:  Taking the Guesswork out of Teaching the Common Core Standards,” High Schools That Work Summer Conference, Nashville, TN, July 22, 2011.

Presenter, “SMART Teaching:  Take the Guesswork out of Teaching the New National Standards” ASCD Conference, San Francisco, CA, March 26-28, 2011

Presenter, 5-Day Seminar, “Systemic Character Education:  Teaching Character Education to Improve Student Achievement,” Panama City, Panama, January 24-28, 2011

Speaker, “Systemic Character Education: The Importance of Character Education in K-12 Schools,” video-taped Interview/Commentary, can be accessed athttp://www.viddler.com/NCYIPublisher/videos/10/


NASPA Student Affairs in Higher Education
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
Character.org (formerly known as Character Education Partnership or CEP Forum)


  • Boy Scouts of America, Learning for Life Program, Member of Executive Board, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, 2019- present

  • National Center for Youth Issues, Member of Executive Board of Directors, Chattanooga, TN, – present

  • Regent University Career Switcher Teachers Program, mentor for teachers in Virginia School Districts, 2013 to Present


  • Retention and Degree Completion of First-Generation College Students

  • Teaching for Character Development and Social-Emotional Learning

  • Improving K-16+ Teaching and Learning


Over more than 15 years, I have devoted my research and teaching interests to the field of character education.  As a result of this work, I have served on several prominent national committees, including CEP's Blue Ribbon Panel for Selection of the National Schools of Character; the Center Resource Group of the Partnerships in Character Education Program as sponsored by the U. S. Department of Education, and the Advisory Board of the National Learning for Life Program of the Boy Scouts of America.

During the past several years, and almost on an annual basis, I delivered presentations on character education at national conferences, including ASCD and the Character Education Partnership Forum (CEP). The next phase of my work will involve the publication of journal articles and books that are underway.

I feel called to address educational improvement for K-16 learners.  The outcome is to increase the quality of teaching and learning for ALL students, particularly our most at-risk and academically challenged learners. As part of this effort, I am currently working on a new delivery system to get Systemic Character Education into K-16 settings -- particularly low performing schools and institutions of higher education that need help with supporting underserved populations. The ultimate goal is to mitigate conditions that result in school dropouts and failure to complete college degrees. In other words, I feel that it is my calling to serve our Lord by working to improve the quality of K-16+ education. To God be the Glory!

Meet Our Faculty

Albert Ball, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor, Engineering & Computer Science

John Bauer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, General Education

757.352.4064 jbauer@regent.edu
Brian Baugus, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Business, Leadership & Management

757.352.4771 bbaugus@regent.edu
Cheryl Beauchamp, M.S.

Department Chair; Lecturer, Engineering & Computer Science

757.352.4772 cherbea@regent.edu
James M. Boland, J.D.

Principal Lecturer

Government, History & Criminal Justice.

757.352.4632 jboland@regent.edu
William J. Brown, Ph.D.

Professor & Research Fellow, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4216 willbro@regent.edu
Jacqueline Bruso, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Online Education

757.352.4259 jacqbru@regent.edu
Joseph J. Bucci, D.B.A.

Department Chair; Associate Professor, Business, Leadership & Management

757.352.4553 jbucci@regent.edu
Young B. Choi, Ph.D.

Professor, Engineering & Computer Science

757.352.4949 ychoi@regent.edu
Douglas H. Cook, J.D.

Professor, Government, History & Criminal Justice

757.352.4331 dougcoo@regent.edu
Kevin R. Crawford, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor, English & Communication Studies

Undergraduate Communication Studies Program Coordinator

757.352.4254 kevicra@regent.edu
Michael Crews, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4333 mcrews@regent.edu
Laura M Dimler, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Psychology

757.352.4166 ldimler@regent.edu
Jacqueline Earle, Ph.D.

Practitioner-in-Residence, Business, Leadership & Management

Michael D. Elam, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4878 melam@regent.edu
Jenny Sue Flannagan, Ed.D.

Associate Professor

Director of Student Teaching

757.352.4123 jennfla@regent.edu
Thomas C. Folsom, J.D.

Senior Lecturer

Business, Leadership & Management

757.352.4668 thomfol@regent.edu
Peter Fraser, Ph.D.

Senior Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Associate Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4562 pfraser@regent.edu
Cheryl A. Gould, Ed.D.

Department Chair; Assistant Professor, Education & Interdisciplinary Studies

757.352.4029 chergou@regent.edu
Kevin Grimm, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Government, History & Criminal Justice

757.352.4551 kgrimm@regent.edu
Dominick D. Hankle, Ph.D.

Department Chair; Associate Professor, Psychology

757.352.4762 dhankle@regent.edu
Eric Harrell, MFA

Associate Professor, Performing Arts & Music

757.352.4211 eharrell@regent.edu
Barbara Harrington, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Media & Visual Arts

757.352.4561 bharrington@regent.edu
James M. Henderson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biblical Studies & Christian Ministry

757.352.4993 jamehe1@regent.edu
Nicholas Higgins, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Government, History & Criminal Justice

757.352.4780 nichhig@regent.edu
Michael Hill-Kirkland, Ph.D.

Professor, Performing Arts & Music

Supervisor for MFA in Acting Program

757.352.4730 michhil@regent.edu
David Impellizzeri, ABD

Instructor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4237 dimpellizzer@regent.edu
Tabmitha Jervey, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor, Science & Mathematics

757.352.4140 tjervey@regent.edu
C. Eric Jones, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Psychology

757.352.4742 ejones@regent.edu
Donald Joyner, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Business, Leadership & Management

757.352.4756 dtjoyner@regent.edu
John Keeler, Ph.D.

Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4248 johnkee@regent.edu
Thomas A. Keiser, Ph.D.

Department Chair; Assistant Professor, Biblical Studies & Christian Ministry

757.352.4047 tkeiser@regent.edu
Stephen M King, Ph.D.

Department Chair; Professor, Government, History & Criminal Justice

757.352.4753 smking@regent.edu
Dan Koev, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Government, History & Criminal Justice

757.352.4659 dkoev@regent.edu
Don Krudop, DMA

Professional in Residence, Performing Arts & Music

Director of Choral Activities

757.352.4204 donkrud@regent.edu
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Assistant Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4221 jlarson@regent.edu
Patricia Lutz, Ph.D.

Department Chair; Assistant Professor, Science & Mathematics

757.352.4432 plutz@regent.edu
Micah Mattix, Ph.D.

Department Chair; Associate Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4464 mmattix@regent.edu
Joshua McMullen, Ph.D.

Interim Dean

Department Chair; Associate Professor, General Education

757.352.4776 jmcmullen@regent.edu
Olga B. Moseley, ABD

Instructor, Business, Leadership & Management

757.352.4670 obutenkomose@regent.edu
Stephen D. Perry, Ph.D.

Professor, English & Communication Studies

Director of Graduate Programs in Communication

757.352.4203 sperry@regent.edu
Matthew Pevarnik, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Science & Mathematics

757.352.4750 mpevarnik@regent.edu
William Reddinger, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Government, History & Criminal Justice

757.352.4470 wreddinger@regent.edu
William Skiles, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, General Education

757.352.4745 wskiles@regent.edu
Peggy Southerland, B.A.

Department Chair; Professional-in-Residence, Media & Visual Arts and Performing Arts & Music

757.352.4698 peggys@regent.edu
Rostern Tembo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Science & Mathematics

757.352.4405 rtembo@regent.edu
Charles Turnitsa, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Engineering & Computer Science

757.352.4691 cturnitsa@regent.edu
David Wallace, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biblical Studies & Christian Ministry

757.352.4645 dwallace@regent.edu
Kenneth Wantz, Ph.D.

Professor, Science & Mathematics

757.352.4755 kwantz@regent.edu
Stephen A. Webb, M.S.

Principal Lecturer, Government, History & Criminal Justice

757.352.4609 swebb@regent.edu
Caramine White, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4614 cwhite@regent.edu
Vincent Williams, MFA

Associate Professor, Media & Visual Arts

757-352-4373 vwilliams@regent.edu
David Xu, MFA

Associate Professor, Media & Visual Arts

757.352.4235 dxu@regent.edu


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