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Shari L. Johnson

LEO Intermittent Lecturer

Shari L. Johnson

Shari Lynn Johnson is both a social worker and an anthropologist by educational training. Both of her graduate experiences were completed at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, where she was born and lived for nearly 50 years. After a nearly 10-year career as a professional social worker working solely with older adults in health care settings, she stumbled into her first taste of teaching when she was asked to present a substitute guest lecture for one of her mentors and former professors. After co-teaching a course with her the following semester, there was no turning back! During her time in Michigan, Johnson developed and taught a wide variety of both undergraduate and graduate social work courses, primarily in Queer studies, diversity, race and social justice, and aging at the U-M, Eastern Michigan University and Wayne State University. She also developed and taught cultural anthropology courses and social work continuing education/professional development workshops at Washtenaw Community College. In addition to her teaching experiences, Johnson has also held several positions in faculty development and student affairs in higher education. In 2016, she accepted a position at the Simmons University School of Social Work in Boston, Massachusetts, where she was the inaugural faculty lead for the racism course for their online MSW program. While rewarding and impactful, her nearly five years in Massachusetts were pivotal in confirming her need to shift her teaching energies from a focus on course content to the heart of social work education: field education, also known as our "signature pedagogy." In August 2020, Johnson landed at the University of St. Thomas’ School of Social Work Graduate Field Department in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she will bring her professional content expertise around race and critical self-reflection to our practicum experiences. She also holds an additional appointment as the coordinator for DEI efforts and initiatives for the Morrison Family College of Health, under which the School of Social Work rests. While in Minnesota, she will also continue to teach race-focused courses as an adjunct instructor at several institutions across the United States.

Research Interests/Focus

Robinson-Lynk's current research interests include methods and strategies for increasing student of color participation in community service-learning, in addition to international aging, feminist gerontology, feminist anthropology and issues of diversity and cultural competence/humility, especially around TBGLQ (Transgender, Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian and Queer) studies.

Education

Year Degree   School
2009 MA Linguistic Anthropology Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
1993 MSW Interpersonal Practice Wayne State University, Detroit
1990 BSSW Interpersonal Practice University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
Year Description
2014 Robinson-Lynk, S. L. (2014, February). Community organizing in Detroit. Panel discussion member at 1,000 Students Speak Out for Racial Justice Event, United Coalition for Racial Justice, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
2014 Robinson-Lynk, S. L. (2014, April). Socially just supervision: A deep dive. Workshop at the Winter 2014 Professional Development Series on Social Justice & Inclusion in Student Life, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
2014 Robinson-Lynk, S. L. (2014, May). eReflections can work! Facilitating student reflective processes online. Workshop at the Annual Enriching Scholarship & Technology Conference, University of Michigan's Teaching & Technology Collaborative, Ann Arbor, MI.
2014 Robinson-Lynk, S. L. (2014, May). The personal is political: The challenges and affordances of first time reflection in an eportfolio process. Workshop at the Annual Enriching Scholarship & Technology Conference, University of Michigan's Teaching & Technology Collaborative, Ann Arbor, MI.
2014 Robinson-Lynk, S. L. (2014, May). Using eportfolios effectively in academic courses and programs. Focus group co-convener a the 1st Annual Michigan Portfolio Summit, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
2014 Robinson-Lynk, S. L. (2014, May). No more victory narratives: From culture shock to cultural humility. Workshop at the 1st Annual AAEEBL Midwestern Regional Conference, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
2014 Robinson-Lynk, S. L. (2014, June). Microaggressions. Workshop for the 2013-2014 Professional Development Learning Series, Student Life, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
2014 Robinson-Lynk, S. L. (2014, July). Community service learning and social work. Summer 2014 UROP Brown Bag Series, Workshop at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
2014 Robinson-Lynk, S. L. (2014, August). Identity discovery. Workshop to MDining AFSME workers, University of Michigan Dining Services, Ann Arbor, MI.
2014 Robinson-Lynk, S. L. (2014, August). Community engagement in Washtenaw county. Art's for Citizenship: Institute for Social Change, Panel Discussion member at University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School, Ann Arbor, MI.

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