Tiffani L. Williams

Tiffani L. Williams

Teaching Professor, Department of Computer Science

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Tiffani L. Williams is a Teaching Professor and Director of Onramp Programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 2017 to 2020, she was the Director of Computer Science Programs and Professor of the Practice at Northeastern University-Charlotte. From 2005 to 2017, she was a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University.

Her awards and honors include a McKnight Doctoral Fellowship, an Alfred P. Sloan Postdoctoral Fellowship, an Edward, Frances, and Shirley Daniels Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, a Denice Denton Emerging Leader ABIE award, and a PopTech Science Fellow award. Williams has been recognized for teaching excellence at Texas A&M with the Graduate Faculty Teaching Excellence award, Undergraduate Faculty Teaching Excellence award, and the Distinguished Award in Teaching by the Association of Former Students.


  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  • Computational Phylogenetics
  • Computers and Education
  • High-Performance Computing

Recent Posts

'Underrepresented Minority' Considered Harmful, Racist Language

[6/19/20] Posted here on Blog@CACM.


Applications are Now Open!

I am the director of our new iCAN program, which begins in Fall 2020. iCAN is a one-year (fall, spring, summer) accelerator for college graduates, who graduated in any major besides computer science, to gain fundamental computing skills.

Selected Publications

An MS in CS for non-CS Majors: Moving to Increase Diversity of Thought and Demographics in CS
Synthesis of phylogeny and taxonomy into a comprehensive tree of life