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School of Education's Dawn Johnson named to ACPA Professional Preparation Commission

December 09, 2008

Patrick Farrell
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Patrick Farrell

Dawn Johnson, assistant professor of higher education in Syracuse University's School of Education, has been named to the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Professional Preparation Commission Directorate.

"This is a great honor and a super group," says Catherine Engstrom, associate professor and chair of the Department of Higher Education, and a former Professional Preparation Commission chair. "I know personally what a great group of colleagues she will work with. She will network and work with great faculty who shape student affairs curriculum, research and practice across the country."

Johnson's research interests include the experiences of women of color in math, science and engineering programs, and the impact of social justice education courses on attitudes toward diversity. Her work experience includes multicultural affairs, admissions and recruitment, and academic advising. She holds a B.A. degree in anthropology from Bowdoin College, an M.Ed. degree in student personnel administration from Springfield College and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

The ACPA Professional Preparation Commission is committed to the preparation of student affairs professionals by creating opportunities for the recruitment of academics interested in entering the student affairs profession. The commission promotes advanced learning opportunities that embrace critical values of the profession, such as the development of the whole student, diversity and ethics. The commission also contributes to the professional development of student affairs teaching faculty through collaborative opportunities for networking, scholarship and service with colleagues.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., at the National Center for Higher Education, ACPA is the leading student affairs association. ACPA has nearly 9,000 members representing 1,500 private and public institutions from across the United States and around the world. Members include organizations and companies that are engaged in the campus marketplace. Members also include graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in student affairs/higher education administration programs, faculty and student affairs professionals from entry level to senior student affairs officers.

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