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Counseling Expert With Diverse Background Named Assistant Dean of Albert Dorman Honors College

Shane Williamson, a counseling expert with a diverse background in business administration and multi-cultural education, has been named assistant dean for academics at the Albert Dorman Honors College.


Williamson will have primary responsibility for advising honors students and tracking their progress. She will counsel honors students not only on developing their specialized academic programs, but also help them find research opportunities, industry projects and community service engagements. She will also teach one of NJIT’s Freshman Seminar classes.


“I am very pleased to have Ms. Williamson with us because of her combination of experience in counseling, education, and business,” said David Reibstein, Ph.D., associate dean of the Albert Dorman Honors College. “She is a professional in the fields of advising, counseling and student services, and will bring that expertise to bear on academic and other issues that are unique to honors students.”


Before joining NJIT, Williamson, of Cedar Grove, had since 2001 been a counselor for new student experience at Montclair State University, Montclair. Previously she was director of the Multicultural Center at Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, Penn.  She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, a master’s degree in counseling from Shippenburg University, and is now working toward a doctoral degree in education from Rutgers University. She grew up in Harrisburg, Penn., and graduated from Bishop McDevitt High School.


“At the most basic level, I’ll advise honors students on how to meet the basic requirements of the program,” Williamson said. “But at the highest level I’ll help them leave NJIT as fully rounded adults – socially, intellectually and humanely. I’ll help them learn to interact well with faculty, with each other, and to take advantage of research and intern opportunities as well as community service to NJIT, to the honors college, and to Newark. I’ve been here only a few weeks, but that’s long enough to see the intrinsic motivation these students have. It’s my job to guide and shape that motivation.”

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.