To:            Executive Vice Presidents, Chancellors, Vice Presidents, Vice Chancellors, Vice Provosts, Deans, Directors and Heads of Schools, Divisions, Departments and Offices

From:        Maryann Santos de Barona, Dean of the College of Education

Date:         July 30, 2015

Re:            Carla Johnson Named Associate Dean for Research, Engagement and Global Partnerships

Carla C. Johnson has been named associate dean for research, engagement and global partnerships of Purdue’s College of Education, effective August 17, 2015. Professor Johnson joined the College of Education faculty in 2013 as a professor of science education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She has been serving as associate dean for engagement and global affairs since 2014.

As associate dean for research, engagement and global partnerships, Johnson will oversee faculty and staff grants submissions and research awards, develop and sustain strategic partnerships with school corporations, businesses and community organizations as well as create models for professional development activities. She will also promote globalization activities that include supporting and expanding study abroad programs and the globalization of college programs and curricula.

According to Maryann Santos de Barona, dean of the College of Education, “This unique configuration reflects the nature of the work in our college. The majority of our education research is grounded in the context of engaging with K-12 schools and communities. The synergy enabled by closely aligning these areas of activity at the leadership level will facilitate the college’s efforts at systemic educational reform, grounded in a social justice and STEM context.”

Johnson’s research is focused on the relationship between effective practice and student learning in science for diverse learners. She conducts research on the implementation of STEM policy nationally and has authored 84 publications including several research manuscripts, books, book chapters and a curriculum series. Johnson has secured over $17 million in external funding for research and promoting STEM education. She co-edited the newly-published STEM Road Map: A Framework for Integrated STEM Education, the “first resource to offer integrated STEM curricula encompassing the entire K-12 spectrum with complete grade-level learning based on a spiraled approach to building conceptualized understanding.”

She has received the Outstanding Early Career Scholar (2006) and Excellence in Integration of Science and Mathematics (2012) awards from the School Science and Mathematics Association, as well as the Outstanding Science Teacher Educator (2013) and Impact of Educational Research on Practice (2014) awards from the Association of Science Teacher Education. She received the 2015 Christian J. Foster Award recognizing a Purdue faculty member who has made transformational contributions to improving STEM teaching and learning in Indiana's K-12 schools.

Johnson received her bachelor’s degree in integrated science education from Eastern Kentucky University and both her master’s degree in instructional design and technology and Ph.D. in science education from the University of Cincinnati.