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Jamil Johnson, Ph.D.

Title: Clinical Assistant Professor
Department: Leadership, Learning Design, and Inquiry
College of Education
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
jamil Johnson, Ph.D.


Jamil D. Johnson earned his B.A. in history, M.A., and Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previously, he served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Leadership, and Higher Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. For six years, he served in a dual role as a higher education administrator responsible for student success initiatives in the first-year seminar program and as a graduate faculty scholar in the Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education at the University of Central Florida. He brings forth an extensive background in student affairs administration, teaching, mentoring, advising, and supporting undergraduate and graduate students. 


  • Ph.D., Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois
  • M.A., Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois
  • B.A., History, University of Illinois 

Course Information

  • EDHE 737: Legal Aspects of Higher Education
  • EDHE 835: Leadership in Higher Education 


Jamil D. Johnson's scholarship examines the experiences of African-American males through the P-20 educational pipeline with a particular focus on their academic success in undergraduate and graduate programs. His research agenda extends to access and participation of historically underrepresented and marginalized students in higher education, Black and Latinx student success, first-year seminars, teaching and learning pedagogy, and mentoring. He engages in qualitative research methodology focusing on critical race theory, narrative inquiry, phenomenology, and ethnography to highlight the experiences of historically underrepresented and marginalized populations. 

Selected Presentations

(Complete listing in CV)

Johnson, J.D., Berry, T.R., Booker, A. (2022, March). Improving the Academic Success of Black Undergraduate Students; AAC&U 2022 Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Success. New Orleans, LA.

Johnson, J.D. (2022, February). Impact of first-year seminars for African American males. Accepted presentation; Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience (FYE). Orlando, FL.

Johnson, J.D. (2021, November). African American male voices from the field: From the Ph.D. to Assistant Professor. American Educational and Developmental Science Association (AESA), Portland, OR.

McLaren Turner, C., Wilkerson, A., Johnson, J.D. (2021, November). Catalyzing transfer student success through peer academic coaching. Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), San Juan, PR.

Johnson, J.D. (2021, February). Critical role of peer mentoring in first-year seminars. Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience (Conference held virtually due to COVID-19).

Clark, M. H., Babayigit, S, Krsmanovic, M., & Johnson, J. D. (2020, October). Untangling the web of evidence from an exploratory factor analysis [Paper presentation]. American Evaluation Association (AEA) Conference, Portland, OR. 


Azizova, Z. T., Clark, M.H., Krsmanovic, M., Johnson, J. D., Mendez, J. (2021). Retention and Academic Achievement of Students of Color at a Large Urban Hispanic-Serving Institution. Journal of Latinos and Education, DOI: 10.1080/15348431.2021.1976184

Mendez, J. P., Johnson, J. D., Azizova, Z. T., Clark, M.H., & Krsmanovic, M. (2020). Widening the pathway to a degree: The impact of first-year seminar courses at an emerging Hispanic serving institution. Journal of First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, 32(2).

Krsmanovic, M., Cox, T., & Johnson, J. D. (2020). Who improves most? The differences in first-year students’ learning attitudes and behaviors measured by college success factor index. Journal of the Scholarship on Teaching and Learning, 20(4).

Johnson, J. D., & Krsmanovic, M. (2018). Transforming first-year students into life-long learners through first-year seminar practices. Adult Higher Education Alliance. [pdf]


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