Dr. Helen R. Stiff-Williams, a professor in the School of Education at Regent University, teaches in and provides coordination for the Character Education concentration area in the Ed.D. program. Her areas of expertise include: Character Education, standards-based education, school improvement for low-achieving students and low-performing schools, and K-12 educational policy.

Stiff-Williams is engaged in research and writing projects on effective urban schools, closing achievement gaps, and her biggest project involving the examination of the impact of character education on student performance.

Stiff-Williams served as chairman of the Department of Education at Hampton University; a division chief in the Virginia Department of Education; an assistant superintendent for instruction; and school leader at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Virginia.

Stiff-Williams' professional activities involve presenting annually at the ASCD Conference, the National Youth At-Risk Conference, the Character Education Partnership Forum, the Alternatives for Expulsion and Dropping Out Conference, and the National Staff Development Council Conference. She also presents at the ATE, AACTE, and the AERA Conferences to support developments in higher education. As a national consultant, she delivers professional development training on "Putting Character Education into Schools to Improve Student Performance."


Regent University, Academic Distinctive Service Award
Regent University, School of Education, Professor, Fifteen Years of Service
Regent University, Certificate of Achievement
Recognition of Valuable Contributions to Regent University School of Education
Russell C. Hill Award, provided by the National Learning for Life Program, 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
Regent University, awarded tenure as a professor in the School of Education
Regent University Nominee for Virginia State Outstanding Faculty Award
Virginia State Council of Higher Education
Winter 2001-02 Outstanding Faculty Member for Regent University
2001 Recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award, School of Education, Regent University
2001 Recipient of the Award for Excellence in Teaching in Distance Education, Regent University


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-Americas Males in Education, accepted for publication.

Stiff-Williams, H. R. (2012-present) 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. (Expected 2014). SMART teaching: Strategies to improve learning. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Press (under contract).

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 Helen R. Stiff-Williams, Ed. D., Curriculum Vitae, 2014 Character Education Teacher Resource: An Online Guide, U. S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, URL: http://www.cetac.org/teacherresource/index.html

Rovai, A., Gallien, L.B & Stiff-Williams, H.R. (Eds.) 2007. Closing the African American achievement gap in higher education. Columbia, NY: Teachers College Press.

Stiff-Williams, H. R., "Model Unit Plan for Culturally Responsive Teaching in High Schools" In Keyes, M., Burns, R., & Kusimo, P. (2006) Closing Achievement Gaps Through Culturally Responsive Schools. Charleston, WV: Edvantia Corporation

Stiff-Williams, H. R. In Spinelli, C. 2005. Assessing Students with Special Needs in Inclusive Settings. Second Edition. Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle, NJ.

Stiff-Williams, H. R. 2004. In Learning for Life, Learning for Life Teacher's Guide, Book One: A Personal Compass for Daily Living. Learning for Life: Irving, TX, ISBN 7-30176-32029-8.

Stiff-Williams, H. R. 2004. In Learning for Life, Learning for Life Teacher's Guide, Book Two: A Road Map for the Future. Learning for Life: Irving, TX.

Stiff-Williams, H. R. 2004. "Varied Online Learning Opportunities Improves Student Interaction and Interest Level." Online Classroom.

Stiff-Williams, H. R. 2003. In Learning for Life. Learning for Life Builders Program: Eighth Grade Book, Teacher's Guide. Learning for Life: Irving, TX. ISBN 0-8395- 2114-6.

Stiff-Williams, H. R. 2003. In Learning for Life. Learning for Life Builders Program: Seventh Grade Book, Teacher's Guide. Learning for Life: Irving, TX, 2003. ISBN 0-8395-2112-X.

Stiff-Williams, H. R. "Getting Their Attention: Improving Instruction for Low-Achievers," invited article, Principal Leadership of NASSP, November 2002.

Handbook for Preparation of the Dissertation, contributing author, School of Education, Regent University, 2000.

Stiff-Williams, H. R. "Unpacking the Standards: Teaching the Virginia Standards of Learning," VEA Journal, June 1999

Stiff, H.R & Bradford, K. 1996. "It Doesn't Have to Be That Way: The Folly of Testing Before School Improvement," Virginia Education Association Journal.

"The Virginia Plan for Comprehensive Services," Technical Report, Virginia Department of Education, 1994

"Virginia's Common Core of Learning," Educational Leadership, Stiff, Helen R. and Kenneth Bradford, May 1993.

"A Study of Tracking and Ability Grouping in Mathematics and Science Courses in Virginia Secondary Schools, Investigative Research Study, VA Department of Education, 1992

"Guidelines for Restructuring Middle Grade Education in Virginia," Policy Document, Virginia Department of Education, 1992

"Setting Group Instructional Improvement Goals," The Virginia Principalship Handbook, VA Association of Secondary School Principals, 1992

"Principals' Perceptions of Selected Features of Teacher Evaluation Programs in Virginia Public Schools," unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Virginia, 1986


Character Education

Meet Our Faculty

Jason Baker, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President of Teaching and Learning & Professor

757.352.4447 jasobak@regent.edu
Glenn Brown, Ed.D.


Math Specialist Program Chair

757.352.4567 glenbro@regent.edu
William Cox Jr. , Ph.D.


Christian School Program Chair

757.352.4281 wallcox@regent.edu
Jenny Sue Flannagan, Ed.D.

Associate Professor

Director, Math & Science Center

Elementary Education Program Chair

757.352.4123 jennfla@regent.edu
Linda D. Grooms, Ph.D.


Post-Master's Program Chair

757.352.4862 lindgro@regent.edu
Hope Jordan, Ph.D.


Special Education Program Chair

Reading Specialist Program Chair

757.352.4438 hopejor@regent.edu
Jeff Pittman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

IDP & Student Affairs Program Chair

757.352.4205 jeffpit@regent.edu
W. George Selig, Ed.D.

Distinguished Chair of Educational Leadership

757.352.4137 georsel@regent.edu
Mervyn J. Wighting, Ph.D.


Career Switcher Program Chair

757.352.4321 mervwig@regent.edu


Mercy Alarid, Ed.D.
Eric Armbruster, Ph.D.
Iris Killian Barrett, Ed.D.
Samuel Botta, Ed.D.
Denita Bottoms, Ed.S.
Ardene Bunch, Ed.D.
Dana Cavallaro, D.Min.
Colleen Derr, Ed.D.
Sandra Fortner, Ed.D.
Hope George, Ed.D.
David Geurin, Ed.D.
Arlene Gibson, Ed.D.
Katherine Goldman, Ed.D.
Nancy J. Hameloth, Ed.D.
LaDonna Hankins, Ph.D.
Christine Harris, Ph.D.
Shevine Holeman, Ph.D.
Kathleen Hopkins, Ed.D.
Theodore Jenney, Ph.D.
Matthew Kellogg, Ph.D.
Jonathan Kohns, Ed.D.
Danielle Kreassig, Ed.D.
Alice Ledford, Ed.D.
Julie Ann Ligon, Ph.D.
Anne Mannarino, Ed.D.
Rene Lanette Martinez, Ph.D.
Darwin Evander Mills, Ed.D.
Ryan Murnane, Ph.D.
Michael R. Myers, Ed.D.
Roni S. Myers-Daub, Ed.D.
Heather Newton, Ed.D.
Rhiannon Jordan Perry, J.D.
Robin Puryear, Ph.D.
Ann Shufflebarger, Ed.D.
Cynthia Sparks, Ed.D.
Patricia Stewart, Ph.D.
Catherine Walsh, Ph.D.
Donna Wolfe, Ph.D.

Instructional Team Member

Homer Allen, M.Ed.
Moyra-Lee Babb, M.A.
Jacqueline Bruso, M.A.
Rachel Copeland, M.Ed.
Susan Crosland, M.Ed.
Myra Jessie Flint, M.Ed.
Sarah McKown, M.A.
Donna Revellon, M.A.
Sydney Seligman, M.Ed.
Carolyn Thompson, M.A.