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About Jennifer M. Johnson, PhD

Dr. Jennifer M. Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Policy, Organizational and Leadership Studies at Temple University.

Her scholarly agenda is: "To promote the college access and persistence of traditionally underrepresented populations (e.g. first generation college students, students from lower-income backgrounds, and racially minoritized populations) through the examination of the experiences and outcomes of students across institutional contexts in higher education." Dr. Johnson has presented over 20 research papers and workshops at national educational conferences.

A former elementary school teacher, Dr. Johnson has taught several college-level courses including “College Access and Equity,” “Retention Theories and the Impact of College,” "Advanced Methods of Teaching Mathematics,” and “Elementary School Science.”

Dr. Johnson earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology and Psychology from Syracuse University, master’s degrees in Elementary Education from Chestnut Hill College and in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania, and her PhD in Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park.


July 2019 - Present Assistant Professor, Temple University ‐ College of Education
July 2017 - June 2019 Assistant Professor, Teaching/Instructional, Temple University ‐ College of Education
August 2014 - May 2017 Assistant Professor, Bowie State University ‐ College of Education
Evaluator, LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Grant (NSF), University of Maryland at College Park

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

College Access and Retention, Impact of Collegiate Environments on Students and Student Outcomes, Graduate Student Education, and Online and Distance Education

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  • Why Care About College? Higher Education in American Life
  • Equity in Higher Education Policy and Practice
  • The Community College
  • College Access and Choice
  • Retention Theories and the Impact of College
  • Advanced Teaching of Mathematics
  • History of Education

Contact Information

435 Ritter Annex
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
phone: (215) 204-8068


Recent Works (1)

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (8)

Women (4)

Mentoring (5)

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) (2)