Dr. Shanina Sanders Johnson
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.S., Hampton University
At Spelman since 2011, promoted to Associate Professor recently
Abstract: Dr. Johnson's work has involved implementing culturally relevant pedagogies into organic chemistry lecture and laboratories. Activities that provide context to chemistry have been created and implemented to allow for incorporation of student background, interests, and experiences into the curriculum. These strategies allow students to see the relevance of science, reflect on their science identity, and connect their personal experiences and knowledge to their learning. Additionally, allowing for cultural context in the curriculum supports diversity within the classroom on multiple levels. This type of strategy is ultimately aimed at not only diversifying chemistry but also ushering in social change that provides for a more equitable field.