Working in higher education can be both exhilarating and challenging. As an educator, I have learned that having positive and emotionally intelligent people in your circle of influence makes navigating through the highs and lows of this profession easier.
While earning my Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership and serving as an adjunct for the School of Business and Professional Studies, I have had the privilege of having Dr. Jalin B. Johnson in my corner as a mentor and friend. Honestly, to say that she is merely a colleague would be an understatement. Dr. Johnson’s level of engagement and concern for me as an adjunct and doctoral student is unparalleled.
Although I live in Washington State, she maintains communication with me and expresses genuine concern for my professional and personal wellbeing. Recently, while teaching a newly developed graduate-level course, an issue emerged with students that required her attention. Dr. Johnson did not immediately assume that I did something wrong, but she extended an opportunity for me to have a voice.
This is only one example of how she made me feel valued and heard. When I was a doctoral student, her encouraging words and belief in me made the journey easier and the light brighter at the end of the tunnel.
I am delighted that Dr. Johnson is preparing for promotion to Associate Professor at Brandman.
Undoubtedly, she serves as an example of a quintessential educator, servant and transformational leader. Based on my experiences and collaborative efforts with her, I wholeheartedly believe she is deserving and beyond capable of advancing Brandmans vision, mission and values in this capacity.
Dr. Rowlanda N. Cawthon Alumni and Adjunct, School of Business and Professional Studies Brandman University