Tiffani L. Williams

Tiffani L. Williams

Teaching Professor and Director of Onramp Programs, Department of Computer Science

Dean's Fellow in Inclusion, Belonging, and Engagement, Grainger College of Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Tiffani L. Williams is a Teaching Professor and Director of Onramp Programs in the Department of Computer Science, and a Dean’s Fellow in Inclusion, Belonging, and Engagement in the Grainger College of Engineering 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