Associate Dean, Arts and Humanities; Executive Director, The Arts InitiativeFacultyStaff Valarie Williams serves as Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities and Director of The Ohio State University’s downtown Urban Arts Space, a 10,000 square foot gallery and alternative performance space. She also serves as Executive Director of The Arts Initiative that administers the institution-to-institution partnership between the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Ohio State University, the Town and Gown Advisory Committee for the Arts, and gallery operations for two galleries that support the visual arts. She is Professor of Dance and received her BFA from The Juilliard School, her MFA and PhD from Texas Woman's University, and is a Certified Professional Notator and Teacher. She studied at the Paris Opera Summer Study in Evian les Bains, France; toured with Lincoln Center Institute Touring Programs for four years serving as dance captain; and performed with The Dallas Opera and Sharir Dance in Austin, Texas. She has set works on national dance companies in South America, Asia, and the United States. Valarie directs works from score by classical ballet and contemporary choreographers. She has received grants from National Endowment for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, and Greater Columbus Arts Council. She was fellow in the Big 10’s OSU-CIC Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Academic Leadership Program and Rising Star Fellow at the International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD). She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Dance Notation Bureau in New York City, New York; International Council of Kinetography Laban/Labanotation; and OperaColumbus.