Tamara Johnson

Tamara Johnson

Director of Engaged Scholarship at UNC Charlotte

As the Director of Engaged Scholarship at UNC Charlotte, Dr. Johnson designs programming that supports engaged scholarship and enriches the student experience through experiential and community-based learning, civic engagement, and international education. She implements UNC Charlotte’s Civic Action Plan, a strategic initiative that aligns teaching, research and partnerships around urgent community needs.  She coordinates the 49er Democracy Experience, a group of students who engage their peers in elections. Dr. Johnson co-founded and directs UNC Charlotte’s Bonner Leaders Program, a four-year campus-community collaboration that places students at local nonprofit partners. Dr. Johnson is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Global Studies. She teaches courses on globalization, global cities, and food justice in South Africa (where she was a Peace Corps volunteer and a Fulbright scholar).

Dr. Johnson received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Geography and International Studies from UNC Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. in Geography, also from UNC Chapel Hill.   She is the 2017 UNC Charlotte Employee of the Year for Community and Public Service, and the 2018 North Carolina Campus Compact Civic Engagement Professional of the Year.