NIU’s Barbara J. Johnson received the Public Service Award at the 2012 annual conference of the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education for her leadership and commitment to the success of the Leadership and Mentoring Institute (LMI).
Johnson is chair and associate professor in the NIU Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education.
During the conference, she also served as a moderator for a panel discussion featuring LMI alumni who had completed the faculty and administrative track. She has served as the director of the LMI since 2008.
She received her baccalaureate degree in accounting from Winston-Salem State University, her M.B.A. with a marketing focus from The Ohio State University and her Ph.D. in Education and Human Development with an emphasis in higher education from Vanderbilt University.
Her teaching and research interests include student affairs administration and the recruitment, development, retention and experiences of students and faculty in a variety of post-secondary institutions, specifically historically black colleges and universities.
Johnson also regularly reviews proposals and presents research at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, where she chairs the Site Selection Committee and has served as a member of the program committee, secretary for the Council on Ethnic Participation and conference evaluator.