Dr. Chrystal Johnson selected as 2021-2022 Purdue Insights Forum Program Fellow

Dr. Chrystal Johnson, Associate Professor of Social Studies Education in the College of Education at Purdue University, has been selected as a 2021-22 Purdue Insights Forum Program Fellow. The Purdue Insights Forum is designed to explore the fundamentals of leadership though a series of presentations, discussions and peer group interactions. The program covers a wide range of subject areas including leadership styles, developing a vision, navigating differing priorities, mentoring, developing an inclusive environment, and managing resources. Administrators, faculty and staff from across campus provide content, and each participant is asked to choose a senior mentor to help develop personal goals and objectives. Participants are recommended by their deans. The Insights program was established in 2016 based on feedback from the 2015 COACHE faculty job satisfaction survey.

Dr. Johnson is Past President of African American Educators for Social Studies and the Indiana Council for the Social Studies. She has served as Program Chair and Treasurer for the College and University Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies. Currently, she serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Charters and School Choice AERA SIG. Her scholarly contributions in the fields of character education, citizenship development, and the social studies have been published in top-tier journals.

Currently, Dr. Johnson’s research interests focus on race, culturally consonant pedagogy, character development, civic education, and schools of choice. Her conference presentations have addressed Black youth civic engagement perspectives in an era of Black Lives Matter, apparent differences in National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) civics results between charter schools, private schools, and traditional public schools, and issues concerning identity and motivation in character and citizenship development. Professor Johnson along with Dr. Jennifer Sdunzik and Dr. Akua Akuffo are collaborating on several manuscripts that address school choice decisions among traditionally marginalized populations. She currently teaches social studies methods in the elementary and secondary programs as well as theories and trends in curriculum and instruction in the online master’s program.

Learn more about Dr. Chrystal Johnson: https://www.education.purdue.edu/faculty-profiles/name/chrystal-johnson/

Learn more about the Purdue Insights Forum Program: https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/purduetoday/releases/2021/Q2/programs-prepare-faculty-to-lead-20-participants-selected-for-2021-22-academic-year.html