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Dr. Roosevelt Y. Johnson

Deputy Associate Administrator for Education

Dr. Roosevelt Y. Johnson, deputy associate administrator for education, is a member of the senior management team responsible for the development and implementation of NASA's education programs to strengthen involvement and public awareness about the agency's scientific goals and missions.

In addition to serving on the Education Coordinating Committee, an agency-wide collaborative structure that maximizes NASA's ability to manage and implement its education portfolio, Johnson serves as one of NASA's representatives on the Cross Agency Priority Goal team working in conjunction with the White House National Science and Technology Council's Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education, or CoSTEM.

During his career, Johnson has been a champion and leader of groundbreaking efforts to broaden participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. For more than 20 years, he served as a program director for the National Science Foundation, or NSF, working to increase the participation and advancement of underrepresented minorities, women and girls, persons with disabilities, and minority-serving institutions in science and engineering disciplines, as well as promoting innovative and transformative STEM education program development at a national level.

Johnson's academic and administrative breadth and depth have been demonstrated through his service in every division of NSF's Directorate for Education and Human Resources, including the Human Resource Development division, the Division of Graduate Education, the Division of Undergraduate Education, and the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings. He also represented NSF on government-wide committees, including serving as a U.S. representative at North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, Postdoctoral Fellowship meetings.

Other leadership roles that Johnson has held include serving as deputy executive director and acting executive director of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM Consortium). At GEM, Johnson played a pivotal role in building partnerships among some of the nation's most productive graduate degree-granting institutions and top science and engineering companies. He also has had the opportunity to develop and use program evaluation and assessment skills serving as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, Center for Advancing Science and Engineering Capacity.

Johnson was born in Spartanburg, S.C., and graduated from Carver Senior High School in 1964. He earned a bachelor's degree in zoology from Howard University in Washington, D.C., in 1968 and his doctorate in microbiology from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., in 1972. Following a two-year tenure as a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington in Seattle, Johnson began an academic career that has included faculty positions at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash.; Howard Community College in Columbia, Md.; Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C.; Howard University College of Liberal Arts; and the University of Washington (Visiting Professor). Johnson also has served as an official collaborator at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Johnson has received the Compact for Faculty Diversity Frank Abbott Award for outstanding leadership and support of minority STEM graduates, the Benjamin Banneker Legacy Award for outstanding contributions to increasing the number of African-Americans involved in STEM professions and studies, and Science Spectrum magazine’s Emerald Honors Award for excellence in affirmative action.

Johnson is married to Lina Dyanne Johnson, J.D., from Dayton, Ohio. The couple has one son, David A. Johnson, J.D., CPA.