Meet Our New Faculty

Royel Johnson photoDr. Royel M. Johnson will join the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Higher Education within the Department of Educational Policy Studies, where he will also serve as Research Associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education. Currently, he works as a Policy Analyst in the Center for Higher Education Enterprise at The Ohio State University (OSU).

Dr. Johnson is a social scientist whose interdisciplinary research aims to improve the educational opportunities, experiences, and outcomes of historically underserved and vulnerable student populations in education. He maintains an active scholarly research agenda, addressing important policy- and practice-relevant issues related to college access, equity and success; student learning and development; and impact of college on students, to name a few. He is co-editor of a forthcoming book on HBCUs, and has authored over 25 scholarly publications including peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and reports. His work employs qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methodological approaches.  Dr. Johnson holds a B.A. in Political Science and Ed.M. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs, with a cognate in Race and Social Policy from OSU.  


Kelly Rosinger photoDr. Kelly Rosinger will join the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Higher Education within the Department of Educational Policy Studies, where she will also serve as Research Associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education. Dr. Rosinger’s research examines the behavioral and informational barriers students face during the college-going process and the impact of policies and interventions designed to help students navigate this process.

Dr. Rosinger is an affiliate with Nudge4 at the University of Virginia, where she is part of a research team designing, implementing, and evaluating a large-scale financial aid outreach campaign. Her work has been funded by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and the Kresge Foundation, and she is currently an Institute of Education Sciences’ postdoctoral fellow at UVA. Her publications include articles in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Journal of Higher Education, and Review of Higher Education, and her work has been cited by The New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, and others.