Cal State University East Bay - Announcement
Office of Academic Affairs

Dr. Joyce Keyes Williams, Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Affairs and Administration, Passed Away September 25, 2018 

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Joyce Keyes Williams, Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Affairs and Administration. She received her PhD in Public Administration and Policy from the University at Albany, State University of New York in August 2015 and earned her MPA with dual concentrations in Public Policy Development and Organizational Change from CSU Hayward (East Bay) in 1997.

Dr. Keyes Williams joined the Department of Public Affairs and Administration (PUAD) as an Assistant Professor in 2016, where she taught multiple courses in the MPA program. Her courses included PUAD 4800 (Public Administration and Society), PUAD 5000 (Philosophy of Public Administration), PUAD 6801 (Public Policy Formulation and Implementation), PUAD 6812 (Changing Human Organizations), and PUAD 6850 (Human Resource Management), and PUAD 6869 (Special Topics in Public Management). She was dedicated to teaching and to her students, as evidenced by her participation in multiple workshops and trainings on developing instructional effectiveness offered by Academic Affairs and the Office of Faculty Development. She was passionate about public administration, social justice, and public service and she strove to develop her students’ passion in these areas.

Dr. Keyes Williams was an active member in the MPA Society, African-American Faculty and Staff Association, CSUEB’s Faculty Learning Communities, and the California Faculty Association (CFA), where she served as the Co-Chair of the Committee on Affirmative Action. In addition, in her role as the PUAD Community Engagement Coordinator, she developed relationships with alumni and community partners to expand employment and internship placement opportunities for students in the MPA and MS-HCA programs.

Dr. Keyes Williams was also active in public administration and social justice research. She co-authored an article published in the peer-reviewed Nonprofit and Volunteer Sector Quarterly, authored several reports for the Roundtable on Religion and Social Welfare Policy, and provided a chapter to the book Sanctioning Religion?: Politics, Law, and Faith-Based Public Service. At the time of her death, she had several manuscripts and presentation proposals under review. 

Dr. Keyes Williams was a valued colleague and student mentor at CSU East Bay, and she will be greatly missed by the university community.

The funeral will be Friday, October 12, at 10 a.m. at Harvest Community Baptist Church, 144 North Dairy Avenue, Corcoran, California 93212.

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