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Business and Management

Melissa Williams, DM

Program Director, College of Business & Management

Chicago, IL

Social Justice Advocate. Enthusiastic Educator and Administrator.


  • DM, Organizational Leadership and Management, University of Phoenix (2011)
  • Master’s of Arts, Social Service Administration and Policy, University of Chicago (2003)
  • Bachelor’s in General Studies, Sociology and Civil Rights, University of Michigan (1998)


Dr. Melissa Williams is the Program Director for CTU’s College of Business & Management. As Program Director, Dr. Williams helps develop the College of Business curriculum, focuses on the needs of the students within the program, and much more.

Before joining the Colorado Technical University team in 2014, Dr. Williams gained critical Higher Education experience as Lead Faculty Area Chair with University of Phoenix. There, she helped establish and map curriculum for two distinct degree programs. Throughout her time at University of Phoenix, Dr. Williams also held the roles of Associate Faculty and Campus Faculty Assessment Liaison.

In addition to her Higher Education roles, Dr. Williams also has experience in government administration and social work. She previously worked in multiple capacities for the State of Arizona, including as an Assistant Administrator where she directed and managed the Policy, Training and Quality Assurance sections of the Employment Administration Support Unit. She also held the position of Victims’ Rights Enforcement Officer for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, where was an advocate for victims of crimes and an ombudsman for the office.

Early in her career Dr. Williams was the Special Education Case Manager for Chicago International Charter Schools, where she designed and implemented Individual Education Plans for all SPED students.

Academic Specialization/Focus at CTU

Business and Management

What CTU does well is respond to industry standards and employer needs, so that students are ready and able, to apply their program/course material into action.

Teaching is as much learning as it is educating… the key is never settling for what you know, and always embracing new ideas toward personal growth.

  • Baghurst, T., & Williams, M. (2014). The Management Impact of Elected Leaders: Attorneys General. SAGE Open 2014, 4. DOI: 10.1177/2158244014531769
  • Burton-Williams, M. (2011). Employee perceptions of elected leaders' management ability. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing. 3536373
  • Association of Deans & Directors of University Colleges and Undergraduate Studies
  • Delta Mu Delta

Academic Conference Presentation (September 2012; February 2013)
Tempe, AZ

Title: Support to Transitioning Youth
Event: Arizona Secondary Transition Mentoring Project

Academic Conference Presentation (March 2012)
University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ

Poster presentation and roundtable discussion of dissertation research
Title: The employee perspective of elected leaders’ management
Event: First Annual College of Social Sciences Research Symposium