Johnston, Tamsyn P. (trp24)

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Phifer, Tamsyn
Adjunct Assistant, Higher & Post Secondary Education
Organization & Leadership

212C Zankel

Scholarly Interests

In regards to her own scholarship, Dr. Johnston explores how, and under what circumstances, professors come to realize the importance of paying attention to their students’ learning experiences. In particular, she is interested in exploring what, if any, moments or events prompt professors to experience shift in their teaching practices and in their understanding of what it means to teach. 

Educational Background

Dr. Tamsyn Johnston received her Ed.D. in Higher Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2010. She received her M.A. in Student Personnel Administration and her Ed.M. also from Teachers College in 2001 and 2002 respectively. Dr. Johnston earned her B.A. in history from Colorado College.

Professional Experiences

Dr. Johnston has worked in higher education for more than ten years. She has served as a Residence Life Director, Student Activities Coordinator, Career Counselor, Chief Judicial Officer and interim Dean of Students. While a student at Teachers College, Dr. Johnston advised MA students and graded their masters theses, managed admission inquiries, organized the mentor program for incoming students, and developed programs that addressed topics, such as attending conferences, networking and applying for jobs.  In addition to working in a variety of student service positions, Dr. Johnston has also served as both a TA and as a professor for courses including Purposes and Policies of Higher Education and Intro to Research Methods at Teachers College and Montclair State University. She also worked with the New Community College Initiative at the City University of New York as a program associate and was responsible for identifying and synthesizing current and relevant research that would inform decisions about curriculum, pedagogy and student services. 

Currently, Dr. Johnston is an adjunct professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. She also serves as a mentor to faculty participating in the Cadre and Faculty Development Course at the University of Louisville.  Dr. Johnston is also the founder and owner of Friendly Faces 4 kids, a small business that helps families aggregate kids’ activity data and compare calendars with friends and peers.


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