Roosevelt Y. Johnson Ph.D, NASA Acting, Deputy Associate Administrator for Education
Friday, April 11, 2014
Dr. Roosevelt Y. Johnson, acting deputy associate administrator for education, is a member of the senior management team responsible for the development and implementation of NASA's education programs to strengthen involvement and public awareness about the agency's scientific goals and missions.
In addition to serving on the Education Coordinating Committee, an agency wide collaborative structure that maximizes NASA's ability to manage and implement its education portfolio, Johnson serves as one of NASA's representatives on the Cross Agency Priority Goal team working in conjunction with the White House National Science and Technology Council's Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education, or CoSTEM.
During his career, Johnson has been a champion and leader of groundbreaking efforts to broaden participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. For more than 20 years, he served as a program director for the National Science Foundation, or NSF, working to increase the participation and advancement of underrepresented minorities, women and girls, persons with disabilities, and minority-serving institutions in science and engineering disciplines, as well as promoting innovative and transformative STEM education program development at a national level.
Other leadership roles that Johnson has held include serving as deputy executive director and acting executive director of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM Consortium). At GEM, Johnson played a pivotal role in building partnerships among some of the nation's most productive graduate degree-granting institutions and top science and engineering companies. He also has had the opportunity to develop and use program evaluation and assessment skills serving as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, Center for Advancing Science and Engineering Capacity.
Johnson was born in Spartanburg, S.C., and graduated from Carver Senior High School in 1964. He earned a bachelor's degree in zoology from Howard University in Washington, D.C., in 1968 and his doctorate in microbiology from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., in 1972. Following a two-year tenure as a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington in Seattle, Johnson began an academic career that has included faculty positions at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash.; Howard Community College in Columbia, Md.; Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C.; Howard University College of Liberal Arts; and the University of Washington (Visiting Professor). Johnson also has served as an official collaborator at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Johnson has received the Compact for Faculty Diversity Frank Abbott Award for outstanding leadership and support of minority STEM graduates, the Benjamin Banneker Legacy Award for outstanding contributions to increasing the number of African-Americans involved in STEM professions and studies, and Science Spectrum magazine's Emerald Honors Award for excellence in affirmative action.
Terrell L. Strayhor Ph.D
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Terrell L. Strayhorn, Ph.D is Associate Professor of Higher Education in the College of Education and Human Ecology (EHE) at The Ohio State University (OSU), where he also serves as Director of the Center for Inclusion, Diversity, and Academic Success (IDEAS), EHE Chief Diversity Officer, Faculty Research Associate in the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity, and Senior Research Associate in the Todd A. Bell National Resource Center for African American Males. He also holds faculty appointments in OSU’s Departments of African and Africana Studies, Engineering Education, and Sexuality Studies (by courtesy)
Dr. Strayhorn maintains an active and highly visible research agenda focusing on major policy issues in education: student access and achievement, equity and diversity, impact of college on students, and student learning and development. Specifically, his research and teaching interests center on two major foci: (a) assessing student learning and development outcomes and the ways in which college affects students and (b) identifying and understanding factors that enable or inhibit the success of historically underrepresented and misrepresented populations in education, with a particular accent on issues of race, class, and gender and how they affect the experiences of racial/ethnic minorities, college men, economically disadvantaged individuals, and marginalized groups in postsecondary education.
Named “one of the most highly visible scholars in his field,” by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, Strayhorn has received the 2007 ACPA Emerging Scholar Award, NASAP Benjamin L. Perry Professional Service Award, SACSA Outstanding New Professional Award, 2008 ACPA Annuit Coeptis Emerging Professional Award, 2009 UTK Helen B. Watson Faculty Research Award, 2009 Early Career Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), and most recently, Diverse Issues in Higher Education named him one of the nation’s Top Emerging Scholars. Member of the editorial boards for the Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Student Affairs Research & Policy, The Review of Higher Education, and College Student Affairs Journal, Strayhorn is actively involved in professional service as ACPA Director of Research & Scholarship, Chair of the Council on Ethnic Participation within ASHE, Associate Editor of the NASAP Journal, and Faculty Liaison to the NASPA Men and Masculinities Knowledge Community.
Dr. Strayhorn received a bachelor’s degree (BA) from the University of Virginia (UVA), a masters degree
(M.Ed.) in educational policy from the Curry School of Education at UVA, and doctorate (PhD) in higher
education from Virginia Tech. He’s currently completing a law degree at Ohio State’s Moritz College of
Law. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Pictured above (from left to right) Dr. Howard Adams, Mrs. Evelyn Brooks ,wife of Dr. Lyman B. Brooks and Dr. Stephanie Adams
Stephanie Adams, Ph.D
April 12, 2014
Stephanie Adams Ph.D. served as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the School of Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University from 2008-2010 and from 1998-2008 she was a faculty member and administrator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). She also held the following positions while at UNL: Interim Associate Dean, Graduate Studies; Assistant Dean for Research and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, both in the College of Engineering.
Her research interests include Team Effectiveness, Collaborative and Active Learning, Engineering Education, and Quality Control and Management. In 2003 she received the CAREER award from the NSF to support her goal of designing, developing and validating a model for the facilitation of effective teaming in the engineering classroom.
She has worked with a number of colleges and universities, government agencies and non-profit organizations on topics related to graduate education, mentoring, faculty development and diversifying STEM. A few examples include: The University of Michigan, North Carolina State University, NASA Must Program, and the Gates Millennium Scholars Program.
Dr. Adams is the recipient of numerous awards, including: the 2008 DuPont Minorities in Engineering Award from the American Society of Engineering Education; the Holling Teaching/Advising/Mentoring Award, the Henry Y. Kleinkauf Outstanding Assistant Professor Teaching Award, the Assistant Professor Service Award and the Chancellor’s Fulfilling the Dream Award from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and the Janice A. Lumpkin Educator of the Year from the National Society of Black Engineers. In 2005 she was selected as an AAAS/NSF Science and Engineering Policy Fellow and in 2006 she was an Invited Participant for the U.S. Frontiers in Engineering Symposium hosted by the National Academy of Engineering.
Dr. Adams is an honor graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, where she earned her BS in Mechanical Engineering, in 1988. In 1991 she was awarded the Master of Engineering degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia. She received her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1998. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Engineering Education. She holds membership in a number of organizations and presently serves on the National Advisory Board of the National Society of Black Engineers. She is a Diamond Life of member of Delta Sigma Theta.