Faculty Profile

 Joseph Williams

Joseph Williams

Dean, School of Business, Government, and Economics

Phone: 206-281-2992
Office: McKenna Hall 229

Education: BA, University of California-Berkeley, 1978; MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1980; MBA, University of Texas-Austin, 1982; PhD, University of Texas-Austin, 1987. At SPU since 2013.

Joseph Williams was a Microsoft executive and also a professor at Colorado State University. Since 1999, he had held various positions at Sun Microsystems and at Microsoft, where he was managing director of the "Software as a Service Partner" channel, managing 10,000 partners in Microsoft's SaaS (Software as a Service) cloud channel business. Other roles at Microsoft included being chief technology officer (CTO) for Microsoft’s $20 billion enterprise sales organization, CTO for Microsoft’s Global Accounts organization, and running a Microsoft Consulting Services team of solution architects. He has also regularly served as a consultant on IT issues with CEOs and CIOs in Fortune 100 companies.

Prior to that, Dean Williams was a senior director in the Lync product group’s partner engineering team and was responsible for integration engineering of Microsoft’s O365 cloud with service providers as well as for the development and delivery of Lync for Microsoft's cloud partners.

Before his work in the technology industry, Dean Williams spent 10 years as an associate professor of computer information systems in the College of Business at Colorado State University. He has also served on the faculty of the University of Montana, New Mexico State University, and Bucknell University.


Windows NT Server 4: Concepts & Practice

Que Education & Training Press, 1999

An Introduction to Computing Infrastructure

Que Education & Training Press, 1997

Bots & Other Internet Beasties: An Introduction to Intelligent Software Agents

SamsNet, 1996

Selected Publications

  • "Mobile Computing in the Context of Calm Technology" IT Professional v. 12, n. 3 (May/Jun 2010) pp. 2-4, with Jinan Fiaidhi and Wes Chou.
  • "J2EE vs. .NET," Communications of the ACM v. 46, n. 6 (June 2003) pp. 58-63.
  • "Building a Loosely Coupled Infrastructure for Web Services," Proceedings of the 2003 International Conference on Web Services (June 2003) pp. 473-476, with James Baty.
  • "The 802.11b Security Problem, Part II," IT Professional v. 4, n. 6 (November/December 2002) pp. 71-75.
  • "Practical Issues in Knowledge Management," IT Professional v. 4, n. 1 (Jan/Feb 2002) pp. 35-39.
  • "The 802.11b Security Problem, Part 1," IT Professional v. 3, n. 6 (November/December 2001) pp. 91-96.
  • "IT Lessons Learned From the Food and Drug Administration's CANDA Program," Failure & Lessons Learned in Information Technology Management v. 1, n. 1 (1997) pp. 39-47; with Kip Canfield and Michele Ritondo.
  • "The Information Explosion: Fact or Myth?" IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management v. 39, n. 1 (Feb 1992) pp. 79-94; with Jon Clark.
  • "Quality Control and Home Runs: An Examination of Appropriate Metrics for Quality Control," Journal of Applied Business Research v. 7, n. 4 (Fall 1991) pp. 112-122; with Rick Edgeman.