PhD Project Inducts AMAF Committee Member into Hall of Fame: Dr. Jerome D. Williams, Rutgers University

The American Marketing Association Foundation (AMAF) is pleased to announce that Dr. Jerome D. Williams, Prudential Chair in Business and Distinguished Professor in the Marketing Department, Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick (RBS), has been inducted in the PhD Project’s Hall of Fame.  Dr. Williams also serves as the AMAF’s Immediate Past Chairperson and head of the Diversity sub-committee.

The PhD project, an award-winning program designed to increase the diversity in management, established the Hall of Fame in 2011 to recognize and honor individuals whose positive leadership has resulted in significant encouragement and impact within the PhD Project’s network of minority business doctoral students and faculty.  When The PhD Project was created, there were only 294 doctorally qualified African-American, Hispanic American or Native American business professors in all U.S. business schools.  Today, there are more than 1,250 minority business professors.  Further, over 350 minorities are currently enrolled in doctoral programs, and will take a place at the front of the classroom over the next few years.  Dr. Williams was inducted publicly in the PhD Project’s Hall of Fame at the organization’s annual conference in Chicago on November 20th.

Dr. Williams serves as a vital part of The PhD Project and a trailblazer for the marketing discipline.  When Dr. Williams began his career in 1986, he was the only African American to receive a PhD in marketing.  He has and continues to encourage people of color to pursue a career as a marketing academic and contribute to further diversifying our classrooms.  Dr. Williams has also used his research as an opportunity to transform the lives of consumers and young scholars and has been instrumental in the lives of many PhD Scholars.  His work on racial profiling has been featured on many national outlets including Huffington Post and National Public Radio.  Dr. Williams is a Distinguished Professor and the Prudential Chair in Business at the Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick (RBS) and currently serves as Director of the PhD Program at RBS, one of the most diverse PhD programs in the country.  Additionally, Dr. Williams serves as the current Associate Editor of AMA’s Journal of Public Policy & Marketing.  He was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Food Marketing and Diets of Children and Youth that authored the book Food Marketing to Children and Youth: Threat or Opportunity? and was appointed by the U.S. Census Bureau to Chair the 2010 Communications Contract Academic Assessment Team. 

Dr. Williams not only serves as an integral part of the PhD Project leadership team, but also as a core committee member of the American Marketing Association Foundation.  As head of the Diversity sub-committee, he oversees the Foundation’s diversity programming and awards, such as the Valuing Diversity program, which focuses on creating scholarship funds for populations underrepresented in the marketing profession.  Since its establishment in 2003, the AMAF has awarded 45 scholarships under the Valuing Diversity program.  Together, the AMAF and the PhD Project seek to widen the opportunities for underrepresented populations to attend marketing doctoral programs and become innovative marketing scholars.  For more information on the AMAF’s diversity programming, please visit​

About the American Marketing Association 
With a global network of over 30,000 members, the American Marketing Association (AMA) serves as one of the largest marketing associations in the world.  The AMA is the leading professional association for marketers and academics involved in the practice, teaching, and study of marketing worldwide.  Members of the AMA count on the association to be their most credible marketing resource, helping them to establish valuable professional connections and stay relevant in the industry with knowledge, training, and tools to enhance lifelong learning. 

Contact: Julie Schnidman
Foundation Manager
(312) 542-9015 ​​


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