Dr. Rachel Johnson

Lecturer in English, Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning

As director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, Dr. Johnson works with both students and educators to craft meaningful and inclusive learning experiences at Centenary. Her research focuses on intersections between writing instruction, peer learning, and issues of equity and social justice in higher education. Dr. Johnson teaches rhetoric and composition, gender studies, and education courses.

Email: rjohnson@centenary.edu
Office Location: Magale, 204
Office Phone:318.869.5202
Office Hours for Fall 2023: By Appointment/On Demand
Instagram: @dr.r.johnson


  • Ed.D., Higher Education, University of Mississippi, 2019 
  • M.A., English (Cultural Studies), George Mason University, 2013 
    • Graduate Certificate, Women and Gender Studies 
  • B. A., History, Centenary College of Louisiana, 2008


Teaching and Research Interests

  • Contemporary Writing Studies 
  • Rhetoric and Composition 
  • Higher Education 
  • Gender Studies 
  • Cultural Studies


Selected Publications

  • (2023) “Collaboration across departments: The effects of an intervention to improve preservice teachers’ writing.” Educational Practice and Theory, 45 (2). 
  • (2021) A Discipline Brief for Equity in English Composition. [Research Review] Getting Started With Equity: A Guide for Academic Department Leaders. Every Learner Everywhere. Available here
  • Editor/Contributor. (2019). Writing and Research in the Disciplines. Free online textbook. Available here


Selected Conference Presentations

  • Invited Panelist, “Getting Started with Equity: English Composition” REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit | June 2021 
  • Presenter, “Mentors in Creativity: Revising a Writing Center Training Program for Critical Thinking” Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference, Birmingham, AL | 2020 
  • Panelist, “Growing Writing Centers Through Correspondence Appointments” Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference, Birmingham, AL | 2020 
  • Presenter, “The Art of Action Research” International Writing Center Association Conference, Columbus, OH | 2019


Campus Involvement

Click the links below to learn more about activities Dr. Johnson is involved in on campus! 

Faculty Advisor for Outreach

Outreach is Centenary's student organization supporting the LGBTQ+ Community (and all sexual and marginalized gender identity minorities). We are an advocate and support group that works toward inclusivity and equality on and off campus.

Director for The Learning Commons

The Learning Commons is a dynamic space that offers individualized attention to students, fosters vibrant peer learning communities, promotes innovation and creativity, and provides a versatile environment for collaboration, studying, and hanging out.

Chair of Student Success and Retention Working Group

Student Success and Retention: This working group supports the academic success of Centenary students through proactive, cross-campus partnerships.

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