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About Jennifer M. Johnson, PhD

Dr. Jennifer M. Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the Higher Education Program 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 Choice,” “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 Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, and her doctoral degree in Higher Education from the University of Maryland, College Park.
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July 2017 - Present Assistant Professor, Teaching/Instructional, Temple University ‐ Policy, Organizational, and Leadership Studies
August 2014 - May 2017 Assistant Professor, Bowie State University ‐ Department of Teaching, Learning, & Professional Development
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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  • 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


Historically Black Colleges and Universities (6)

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

Women (2)

Mentoring (4)

Recent Works (3)