Dr. Lynn Larsen

Dr. Johnson is the consummate faculty colleague.

She has facilitated collaboration across campuses through the joint adjunct faculty meetings for Riverside, Ontario, Menifee, and Victorville.

She has encouraged collaboration across schools at Brandman through scholarly presentations.

Her thoughtful and professional communication style makes students, staff, and faculty all feel that she values their contributions.

Dr. Lynn Larsen

Professor, School of Education

Dustin Domingo

Dr. Jalin B. Johnson and I have worked together in multiple capacities within Brandman University since 2011 when we were both employed at the Moreno Valley campus. When we first met, Jalin was the Manager of Community & Corporate Relations and I was a new hire as the campus Credential Specialist/One Stop Specialist. During our first year she has been a mentor to myself, my colleagues, and the students at Brandman University. Since then, she and I have both transitioned into different roles, and we have continued to work collaboratively to support Brandman University’s students. Throughout the time I have known Jalin, I have witnessed her transform and take on greater responsibilities. However, there are aspects of Jalin that remain consistent and appear to be built into her core values – and that is her commitment to empowering students to envision themselves in an elevated state and moreover developing their practical tool-kit to prepare them to take the next step towards that vision. Today, I am now in a Director position with Brandman University and I attribute much of my professional and personal growth to her guidance and mentorship. Dustin Domingo, MBA, MA Director of Credential Services Teacher Accreditation Department ddomingo@brandman.edu T: 949.341.9881 | F: 800.775.0128

Dr. Barbara Bartels

It is with great pleasure that I write this letter of recommendation for Dr. Jalin Johnson. In my opinion, Dr. Johnson has been a huge asset to Brandman University since I met her in 2009. Dr. Johnson and I previously worked together in the strategic business development department, both as managers of community relations. As we moved through our long tenure at Brandman, Dr. Johnson completed her doctorate degree and moved into a full-time faculty member in the School of Business.

I have been fortunate enough to get to continue working with Dr. Johnson, even in her role as Faculty. We have worked together during our Ed.D. professional development days, immersions, and, more recently, Dr. Johnson asked me to participate in her Professional Development Day for the Inland and High Desert campuses. The day was so amazing, with a great group of faculty members present. Dr. Johnson planned a full day of professional learning which was inclusive, interactive and all around collaborative. I was proud to represent outreach at this event. Dr. Johnson is simply a pleasure to work with! She is always 100% willing and able to support the outreach division in our efforts to promote this program. I highly recommend Dr. Johnson be awarded a position of associate profession. She would be simply amazing.

Feel free to call me directly if you have any further questions or concerns.

Sincerely, Barbara Bartels (Electronic) Barbara Bartels Asst Vice Chancellor Brandman University Phone: 925-930-2012

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Dr. Tiffany Ware

Dr. Jalin Johnson: A true inspiration and role model. Coming into the Doctoral program at Brandman University I had no idea the relationships I would build or mentors I would gain for a lifetime. Dr. Jalin Johnson has been not only been a mentor, but a counselor, teacher, role model, leader, and someone I would consider a close family member. I will never forget meeting her at immersion during the meet the chairs. I had no idea I would find my dissertation chair during this time, but when I spoke with Dr. Johnson, I knew instantly that she would get me to the finish line. The first words that came out of her mouth were “I am on your team and I want to get you done.” I will never forget these words because as a leader you know that in order to be successful you have to have a good support team that will get you where you need to be. From that day forward Dr. Johnson stood by those words and December 10th, 2018 I was officially announced Dr. Tiffany Ware.

Without her motivation, strength, and drive to push me to the finish line, I do not think I would have finished. Until this very day her quote “Be well” has stuck with me. Though it is so simple, these words always sit with me and put a smile on my face because I know she genuinely means it.

She has the true characteristics of a leader and I thank God for her passion to help students be the best and bring the best out of them.

Another quote she stands by is by Dr. Maya Angelou, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” If this quote does not reflect Dr. Johnson to the core I do not know what else does.

Dr. Johnson makes sure her students feel appreciated and respected during classes and even after they are completed.

Thank you, Dr. Johnson, for being the motivation in my life and standing by me to ensure that I would be the leader I set out to be.

With Great Honor,

Dr. Tiffany D. Ware

US Army Veteran & CEO of Veteran Confessions tware03@gmail.com

Dr. Kathryn Taylor

Every great achiever is inspired by a great mentor.~Lailah Gifty Akita

It is my distinct honor to contribute to the professional journey of such an amazing individual. From the first time Dr. Jalin Johnson and I met, she has been a role model that embodies the character traits of a leader.

Her relatable and authentic persona drew me in and her wealth of knowledge that she liberally pours out are the qualities that make her an exceptional mentor, professor, and dissertation chair.

I was blessed to have such an organized, supportive, and collaborative advisor as a doctoral candidate and even now as Dr. Kathryn Taylor. She fostered the greatness in me so that I could use my leadership qualities to achieve my goals at Brandman University.

Under her inspiring leadership, I was able to successfully complete my dissertation in only seven months after coursework. With her recommendation, I was chosen as the Doctoral Student Speaker at the 2017 commencement ceremony.

I wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Johnson for the Associate Professor position at Brandman University.

Dr. Kathryn Taylor ktaylor3@mail.brandman.edu

Dr. Lorena Medina

To Whom It May Concern, I am honored to write this on behalf of Dr. Jalin Johnson regarding the position of Associate Professor. I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Jalin Johnson during my doctoral journey at Brandman University. I met Dr. Johnson during an activity for doctoral candidates to meet prospective chairs. Right away she made me feel comfortable with her pleasant positive attitude. As my chair, she was instrumental in helping me develop from a doctoral candidate to doctor. Dr. Jalin Johnson was committed and dedicated at helping me succeed through any means. She made it a point to reached out to me via text, email, in person, or phone call and was always available when I needed to speak to her. Even when I felt like giving up or when I felt I was never going to finish my journey, Dr. Johnson encouraged me by helping me develop smaller goals and guiding me through them every step of the way. She made what seemed impossible possible. She gave me the support and tools I needed and for that I am forever grateful. Her wisdom and well wishes were always reflective of her as an inspirational leader. Dr. Jalin Johnson would be an instrumental part of any organization. Sincerely, Dr. Lorena Medina

Diamond Muganzo

In my five years at Brandman University, only two instructors (after our first class together) have I sought to sit under their teaching and Dr. Jalin Johnson is one.

In 2017, I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies in which Dr. Johnson taught two of my required classes and one elective class. My first reaction to her was that she exudes confidence in not only her abilities to teach but also who she is as a person.

Her ability to command respect from her students and for her students to respect one another and their opinions is a breath of fresh air.

As an Assistant Professor at Brandman University, she exemplifies what Brandman University states on their website: “Discover the Brandman University Difference – Personalized Service From information meetings to registering for class to academic advising, our faculty and staff are committed to helping you access the resources and services you need to succeed at Brandman University” (Brandman University Staff, n.d.).

While under her instruction, she was ever available to answer any question she received and went out of her way to assist her students in succeeding at Brandman University. Her positive and uplifting attitude continually encourages her students to improve who they are and who they will become.

Just imagine the success her students will receive as the sit under her teaching as an Associate Professor.

Reference Brandman University Staff. (n.d.). Current Students. Retrieved Jul 24, 2018, from Brandman University: https://www.brandman.edu/current-students

Diamond L. Muganzo, B.A. Liberal Studies MAT – Multi-subject Teaching Pending 2019 dmuganzo@mail.brandman.edu

Marisol Alaniz

Jalin is an inspired andragogic and phenomenal mentor to her students. Her engagement with students goes beyond coaching and encouragement to deep and critical conversations that helps students reach their potential. I am grateful for her work in the Ed.D. Program, as an instructor, presenter, and keynote speaker. Students disclose that Jalin is personable and compassionate and that it is evident that she leads from the heart. In addition to being a phenomenal professor and the recipient of the 2017 Faculty of the Year Award, she is a kindhearted person and a dear friend. My work at Brandman as an Administrator and Adjunct Faculty member would not be the same without Jalin. She has truly made my life richer for knowing her. Sr. Doc Program Support Spec, Organizational Leadership malaniz@brandman.edu

Dr. Leticia Rojas

Jalin was one of the first faculty members who reached out to me when I first started at Brandman and has provided ongoing mentorship and support, as well as demonstrated outstanding leadership. In the past years, I have collaborated with Jalin on various projects, one of which was organizing several large-scale Professional Development conferences for adjunct instructors in order to strengthen the instructional leadership of our university. These events were always largely attended and given high marks by instructors, in large part to Jalin’s determined leadership and organization. We even presented on this successful partnership at the WASC conference this past year. All in all, Jalin is the type of professor that I aim to be—ambitious, intelligent, grounded in community, innovative, and full of integrity. I can’t think of anyone who is more worthy of promoting. Leticia Rojas, Ed.D., NBCT Assistant Professor, Brandman University- Ontario Campus lrojas1@brandman.edu T. 323.369.2365

Dr. Nicole Schneider

Dedicated, passionate, selfless, diligent, these are just a few of the words that come to mind when describing Dr. Jalin Johnson. I was fortunate enough to be placed at Jalin’s campus when I first started at Brandman. I appreciated her mentorship and friendship during my first year at the university. Jalin’s leadership skills stand out above others. I have admired her tireless leadership as she planned bi-annual professional development workshops for our local campuses as well as the recent presentation at the Academic Resource Conference in Sacramento. She always kept us on track and moving forward. These experiences were much less daunting for me because of her organization and professionalism. Jalin’s commitment to continuous improvement is evident through everything she does. She genuinely cares about the university, her colleagues, students, and her profession. I am inspired by Jalin’s passion for life and work and humbled to be her colleague. Nicole Schneider, Ed.D. nschneid@brandman.edu

Dr. Donald Scott

It is with great pleasure and a true honor that I may offer a few words to support Dr. Jalin Johnson for promotion in rank to Associate Professor at Brandman University.

I have been an Academic Advisor at Brandman since 2004 and the Director of Advising and Retention Services since 2014. I have had the opportunity to work closely with Dr. Johnson for a number of years and have always found her to be thoughtful and collaborative while defining what it means to be student-centric.

I have truly appreciated the many opportunities she has initiated over the years to engage me, the rest of our academic advising staff, and adjunct faculty in her mission of helping every student find the support and success that they deserve.

Whether it was a chance for me to address the bi-annual adjunct professional development meeting she helps coordinate or her willingness to seek my help in connecting a student with their Academic Advisor, Dr. Johnson is a measure to which all University faculty should be compared.

Finally, and on more personal note, I consider Dr. Johnson an inspiring role model and mentor as I consider future steps in my career.

Donald B. Scott, Ed.D. Director, Advising and Retention Services


Dr. Kimberly Greene

Dr. Jalin Johnson, while serving as one of the most consistent and authentic models of collegiality from our first meeting to this very day, was a joy to work alongside throughout our time as the first BCDC cadre. Her passion for serving her students was evident in all aspects of the experience- from conversations on social learning theory to debates on the viability of different technologies, to recognizing how she could share her particular strengths and benefit from harnessing the different strengths of peers.

Jalin was (and is) the thoughtful ying to my overly exuberant yang; she was a very real thought-leader across the entire BCDC process by listening and reflecting before jumping into the fray. Thus, as I would be bouncing about the room with ideas for this, that, or the other, Jalin took it all in and offered either a brilliant insight that elegantly focused my tangents into a smart, cohesive, realistic concept or she asked a single, astute question to afforded a clean, smart paring down of options presented to empower us all to move forward in our design work with greater clarity of purpose. I recognize my words of support may read as hyperbole, but I give you my highest of assurances that there is no exaggeration here.

My appreciation for Dr. Johnson’s participation, collaboration, engagement, and her perspectives throughout the BCDC experience cannot be overstated.

As a testament to the high quality of her finished product be the end of our time together, I asked for permission to use one of the leadership videos she made for her students in the new course I was creating (Instructional Practitioner Leadership). As you can imagine, she said yes with no hesitation; the video is indeed in the course and my students appreciated the content and experience of watching the video so much that several specifically noted it as one of their favorite resources that they would take with them into the real word beyond our class.

Kimberly Greene, Ed.D. Professor, Chair MAE CT School of Education kgreene@brandman.edu T 310.422.1662

Dr. Doug DeVore

It has been a joy to work with Dr. Jalin Johnson for the past 5 years in her role as BUIRB member and her many contributions to the EDD program.

Over the years, I have found Jalin to be a person of strong character and high integrity.

She is an exemplary team player and one you can always rely upon to do her part and help others if needed.

Jalin has a very collaborative style of leadership and the ability to work successfully with her peers and all adult learners.

Dr. Johnson has served on many dissertation committees and currently chairs Brandman EDD dissertation students. She is actively sought out by EDD students because of her scholarly mentorship and her very clear student centered focus.

Bottom line, Jalin is a bright, scholarly, and articulate member of the Brandman faculty. I am proud to have the opportunity to work with her and to know she is exhibiting instructional excellence to every student she touches each day.

Doug DeVore, Ed.D. Professor Organizational Leadership BUIRB Chair ddevore@brandman.edu

T: 623.293.2421 | Fax: 623.748.9705

15624 W. Roanoke Ave Goodyear, AZ 85395

Dr. Carlos Guzman

I have had the privilege of working with Dr. Jalin Johnson for over 5 years in the capacity of doing research, presenting and serving on Brandman’s Institutional Review Board.

She is highly knowledgeable, collaborative, creative, thorough and a joy to work with.

Carlos V. Guzman, PhD Assistant Professor, Organizational Leadership Diversity/Quantitative Methods Lead

Institutional Review Board (IRB) School of Education

cguzman@brandman.edu www.brandman.edu

c: (949) 903-2058

Dr. Christine Zeppos

It is my honor to recommend Dr. Jalin Johnson for promotion from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor. There are few individuals who have impacted the university in so many different capacities as Dr. Johnson has during her tenure at Brandman.

First, Dr. Johnson developed the best practices in recruitment of high level leaders throughout the state as we launched our doctoral program in transformational leadership and change. The quality of her interactions and her astute ability to network and build trust was a significant reason highly qualified candidates chose to matriculate to Brandman’s brand new program, over competitors with longer histories and well-known names.

While no person has been able to fill her shoes in the outreach role, I have been thrilled to have Dr. Johnson as a treasured and trusted colleague as faculty in the School of Business and Professional Studies. As an interdisciplinary program, Dr. Johnson’s contributions to our doctoral program are highly valued. She has had a profound impact on our students through excellent instruction, by serving on dissertation committees, by contributing to important immersion activities, and by serving in the important role as a member of the Internal Review Board.

In addition, her sage advice and support on university-wide committees, particularly as member and Vice Chair of the Faculty Personnel Committee, were instrumental in continuing to foster a culture of trust between deans and the faculty. These are just a few highlights of Dr. Johnson’s contributions, but I would be happy to provide additional insight if needed.

Dr. Christine G. Zeppos

Dr. Phil Pendley

It has been my pleasure and honor to work with Dr. Jalin Johnson for the past 6 years.  We have worked together in a number of capacities including the EDOL Program for the EDD in Organizational Leadership, serving on dissertation committees, and, since we both teach at the Menifee Campus, co-teaching our respective classes as opportunity presents itself.  I have found Jalin to be an expert in her areas of expertise and able to successfully interact with and assist students from undergrads to Doctoral candidates. Knowing and working with Dr. Johnson has added value, expertise, and fun to my experience with Brandman.

In addition to being an outstanding and intellectually strong scholar, Jalin possesses exceptional inter-personal abilities and constantly demonstrates the ability to connect successfully with students, staff, and all others she encounters.  She has a quick wit, an excellent sense of humor, and an ability to engage at a high level while maintaining a sense of fun and adventure in the intellectual discovery process. Jalin is a valued colleague because she combines focus on achievement with fun in the process.  She is a delight to work with and I believe she will add tremendous value to any team of which she is a part. I am fortunate to have her as a friend and colleague. Brandman is fortunate to have her as a faculty member.


Dr. Phil Pendley

Superintendent Hemet USD (Retired)

Brandman University Adjunct Professor

Dr. Jonathan Greenberg

Dr. Jalin Johnson is one of the most capable, talented, and personable professional I have ever worked with in my 41 years as an educator. I met Dr. Jonson more than ten years ago when she was a student in the Doctoral Program in organizational Leadership at the University of La Verne.

Besides having her in class, I was fortunate to be on her dissertation committee. Intellectually, Dr. Johnson is second to none. She is smart, articulate, and has the uncanny ability to relate well with her superiors, her peers, and her students.

We reunited when she joined the Brandman Faculty. Since then, I have had the pleasure of collaborating with her in the Doctoral Program, as well as her work on the Brandman University Institutional Review Board.

Dr. Jalin Johnson is one of the bright and shining stars as an Assistant Professor for Brandman University. Without reservation, I highly recommend her for promotion to Associate Professor. She is a credit to her family, to our profession, and to Brandman University!

Dr.Jonathan Greenberg


Dr. Rowlanda Cawthon

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 Brandman’s vision, mission and values in this capacity.


Dr. Rowlanda N. Cawthon Alumni and Adjunct, School of Business and Professional Studies Brandman University


Tess Breen

Dr. Johnson has been an incredible mentor and support system to me over the past 4 years.

She was my first point of contact as a first-time adjunct instructor and has become a friend along the way.

Dr. Johnson has helped me develop in my career as a result of the valuable Professional Development Meetings she orchestrates and she also encouraged me to further my own career by pursuing my Ed.D degree at Brandman.

If that wasn’t enough, she is now serving as a committee member on my dissertation.

There is no end to her support and encouragement! In addition to her personal and professional skills, which are impressive, I view Dr. Johnson as an important agent of positive change in the School of Business and Professional Studies as she represents a diverse and inclusive perspective which benefits every member of the University.

I just cannot recommend her more highly!

She has made a tremendous impact on my personal and professional life and I cannot think of anyone worthier of an elevated position at Brandman.

Tess Breen, M.A. Adjunct Professor, Organizational Leadership | Communications Brandman University