Julia Johnson, PhD, joined the Teaching Center in September 2017 as Assistant Director of Academic Services. Julia earned her PhD in Chemistry with a Certificate in College Teaching from Duke University in May 2017.
As an Assistant Director, Julia collaborates with her colleagues at The Teaching Center to develop, implement, and evaluate professional-development programs for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, including the WU-CIRTL program for future faculty in STEM. This program has been developed in coordination with the 43-institution CIRTL network, with support from the National Science Foundation and the Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation. The mission of CIRTL (the Center for Integrating Research, Teaching, and Learning) is to improve undergraduate STEM education by training future faculty in evidence-based teaching. Working closely with Denise Leonard, Gina Frey, and Jacinta Mutambuki, Julia develops and facilitates the STEM Pedagogies workshops–an advanced-level workshop series open to graduate students and postdocs in STEM.
In addition to this advance-level workshop series, Julia also assists in development of the Foundations in Teaching workshop series, designed for graduate students who are teaching for the first time at Washington University.
Julia is also working on a program through the CIRTL network to engage graduate students who are early in their careers at Washington University. These learning communities will serve as a Pre-WU-CIRTL program to introduce graduate students to the concepts of evidence based pedagogy, best practices of teaching, and research on STEM education.
Julia meets and consults with engineering, mathematics, physics, earth and planetary sciences, and chemistry graduate students and postdoctoral appointees on Teaching Center professional-development programs and teaching in the classroom.
At Duke University, Julia’s research focus was on studying protein thermodynamic stabilities to identify protein biomarkers of aging and Parkinson’s disease in mice. Previously as a graduate student and teaching assistant, Julia worked closely with a team of instructors to evaluate, update and teach chemistry in active learning classrooms.
Julia has extensive experience in utilizing Team Based Learning (TBL) to teach general chemistry and biophysical chemistry. Julia also has experience working to promote and support women and minorities in STEM fields through her tenure as the co-president of Duke’s graduate Women in Science and Engineering organization (WiSE).