Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education

CAHE Faculty & Staff

Barbra Johnson

Barbara J. Johnson

TITLE: Chair and Professor of Adult and Higher Education
AREA: Faculty
PHONE: (815) 753-1448
FAX: (815) 753-9309


  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University


  • Curriculum Vita
  • Biography

    Dr. Barbara J. Johnson is chair and professor in the Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education at Northern Illinois University. 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. Dr. Johnson has worked in academe for over 15 years as both an administrator and faculty member. Previously, she held faculty positions at the University of New Orleans, Jackson State University and Volunteer State Community College. Her previous professional experience includes student affairs administration, community college and adult education, marketing research and consultation in both higher education and corporate environments at Wake Forest University Medical School, Vanderbilt University and CB&A Market Research Group. Her teaching and research interests include student affairs administration, the recruitment, development, retention and experiences of students and faculty in a variety of post-secondary institutions, specifically historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

  • Textbooks and Related Works by Dr. Johnson

    Dr. Johnson has published empirical research on faculty in several refereed journals including Review of Higher Education, Journal of the Professoriate, Urban Education, Journal of African American Males in Education and Education and Society. In addition, she has authored chapters in the following books, Faculty in New Jobs, Strengthening the Educational Pipeline for African Americans and Perspectives on Black Colleges. Dr. Johnson is a reviewer for various educational journals and serves as the editor of the Journal of the Professoriate and co-editor of the ICBCHE Journal (a journal of the Illinois Committee on Black Concerns in Higher Education). Previously, she was guest editor of a special theme issue, "Promise and Peril for HBCUs: The Unintentional Consequences of Faculty Role Performance", for the Journal of the Professoriate. She is editing a book on faculty and staff interactions with students at HBCUs.

  • Special Interests

    Dr. Johnson actively participates in professional associati