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Jennifer M. Johnson

Jennifer M. Johnson is an assistant professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development at Bowie State University, the oldest HBCU in the state of Maryland. She serves as the Program Coordinator for the Elementary Education (MS) Program. Since 2004, Jennifer has been an active scholar-practitioner in the fields of college access and student retention. Her research areas include pre-college access programs, historically black colleges and universities, students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and high-achieving students of color. She has presented at several national conferences including the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the National Conference for Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE). Her scholarly agenda is: "To promote the college access and persistence of traditionally underrepresented populations (e.g. first generation college students, lower-income individuals, and racial/ethnic minorities) through the examination of the experiences and outcomes of students across institutional contexts in higher education." Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Psychology from Syracuse University, a master’s degree in Elementary Education from Chestnut Hill College, and a master’s degree in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Maryland, College Park.