Johnitha Watkins Johnson

Clinical Assistant Professor


Department of Teaching & Learning


Ph.D., Texas A&M University


6401 Airline Rd
Suite 301
Dallas, 75205



Dr. Johnitha Watkins Johnson serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University. In 2013, she earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Urban Education. During her doctoral studies at Texas A&M University, she mentored pre-service and in-service teachers in various contexts, and began her research agenda, which focuses on equity in education. She also holds a M.S. in Juvenile Forensic Psychology from Prairie View A&M University.

Dr. Johnson began her career as an Associate Psychologist at the Texas Youth Commission (TYC). During her tenure at TYC, she administered and interpreted psychological, personality, and intellectual assessments; assessed juveniles’ risk for suicidality; and provided intermittent individual counseling. She later transitioned into education and has spent several years as a special education teacher and university professor.

Currently, Dr. Johnson teaches gifted and talented education, behavior management, educational psychology, and multicultural education graduate courses. Her courses focus on equipping educators with research-based strategies that beget equitable educational opportunities for marginalized student populations. To this end, she is developing an Urban Education specialization in the Department of Teaching and Learning at SMU.

Dr. Johnson received her B.S. in Psychology from Prairie View A&M University, a distinguished HBCU. She is both pleased and honored to work in the Simmons School of Education.


Johnson, J. (2018). Teaching and mentoring: The confluences of theory and practice. Manuscript in preparation for submission to Qualitative Studies in Education.

Butler, B., & Johnson, J. (2018). Diversity and education: The effects of cultural competence on student of color performance. Manuscript in preparation for submission to Race, Ethnicity, & Education.

Johnson, J. (2018). Rearing daughters while loving sons: Single African American mother’s differential parenting style and their son’s academia. Manuscript in preparation for submission to Educational Researcher.

Johnson, J. (2016). “All I do is win…no matter what:” Low-income African American single mothers and their daughter’s unrelenting academic achievement. Journal of Negro Education, 85(2), 156-171.

Mutakabbir, Y., & Johnson, J. (2015). A case study examining the recruitment of “other race” students to a public HBCU. The National Journal of Urban Education & Practice, 8(3), 395-411.

Hubbard, L., Lewis, C., & Johnson, J. (2014). Urban African-American single mothers using racial socialization to influence academic achievement in their young sons. Journal of At-Risk Issues, 18(2), 21-29.

Johnson, J., Lewis, C., & Griffen, A. (2014). The exodus of Black principals from urban to suburban schools. International Journal of Diversity in Education, 13(2), 63-75.

Howell, L., Lewis, C., & Johnson, J. (2013). Computer-assisted instruction: Teachers’ perceptions of using Study Hall 101 in fifth grade science. Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, 5(4), 1-17.

Johnson, J., & Gonzalez y Gonzalez, E. (2013). “I’m right by doing with my mother says…”: A pilot study chronicling African American mothers’ influence on their daughter’s intimate relationships. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Sciences, 7(3), 15-31.