Dr. Tara Star Johnson Receives College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award

By Katie Cockerill

Dr. Tara Star Johnson

Dr. Tara Star Johnson

Dr. Tara Star Johnson, Program Convener, Director of English Education, and Associate Professor of Literacy and Language in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, recently received the 2020-2021 College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor presented by Liberal Arts.

Dr. Johnson earned a B.A in English at Grand Valley State University, a M.A. in English Education at the University of Georgia, and a Ph.D. in Language Education at the University of Georgia.

Dr. Johnson joined Purdue University College of Education in 2006 with an early-career focus was on sexual dynamics in the classroom, resulting in a book and multiple journal articles stemming from three studies. Though this body of scholarship still informs Dr. Johnson’s teaching, her research has evolved toward the scholarship of engagement, and is currently studying the process and politics behind the development of standards and high-stakes assessment in Indiana.

Learn more about Dr. Tara Star Johnson: https://www.education.purdue.edu/faculty-profiles/name/tara-star-johnson/

Learn more about Purdue College of Education: https://www.education.purdue.edu/

Learn more about the Department of Curriculum and Instruction: https://www.education.purdue.edu/departments/department-of-curriculum-and-instruction/