As a doctoral student in the Education, Administration and Foundation Department at ISU, her research interests include career mentoring equity and diversity in the sciences for underrepresented groups. This research complements and expands upon her student advising, recruitment, and retention work in the Physics Department. Ms. Johns also serves on the Board of ISU's Expanding Your Horizons Through Math, Science and Technology Conference (www.eyh.ilstu.edu) and has helped plan these annual conferences since 1991 that provide career exploration experiences for girls in 5 - 10th grade, as well as workshops for their parents and teachers.
Since 1994, Ms. Johns has served as Communication Coordinator and member of the Association for Women in Science, Heart of Illinois Chapter (www.phy.ilstu.edu/AWIS-HOI). AWIS-HOI is dedicated to encouraging young women to pursue their talents in science, technolopgy, engineering, and math. Ms. Johns created and coordinated the Annual Spring AWIS-HOI / ISU Physics Women in STEM Career Pen Pals Project which brings women professionals and college students in STEM together with junior high school or high school students from a different school or community organization each year. Spring 2008 will bring the 5th Annual Career Pen Pals Project to another school in the local area. In 2007, the AWIS-HOI / ISU Physics Women in STEM Career Pen Pals Project, along with three other ISU Physics Department community outreach programs--the ISU Planetarium, the ISU Solar Car Team, and Physics on the Road and the WGLT radio program Uncommon Knowledge--won Honorable Mention in the FOCUS Department/School Civic Engagement Award competition.
Ms. Johns is also the Co-VP for Programming for the American Association of University Women, Bloomington-Normal Branch (www.aauw-il.org/bloom). Ms. Johns created and coordinates a variety of programming for AAUW-BN, including the now 3rd Annual AAUW-BN Bloomington-Normal High School Senior Essay Contest each Fall that provides six scholarships to students who write outstanding essays about the importance of promoting equity and diversity principles in our personal, professional, and public lives. AAUW-BN awards the 1st Place scholarship award. The ISU Physics Department co-sponsors the 2nd Place and two Finalist scholarship awards; while ISU's American Democracy Project co-sponsors the 3rd Place and one Finalist scholarship award.
Finally, Ms. Johns serves on the Board of ISU's Women's Mentoring Network (www.mentoringnetwork.ilstu.edu). The goal of this organization is to provide support and assistance to women returning to college to complete their education, and/or who must juggle family and work responsibilities in addition to completing their education. ISU's Women Mentors meet with their mentees regularly each semester. WMN also hosts several special events and activities each semester in which all of its mentor and mentee members may participate and share idea. The 4th Annual Women's Mentoring Network Conference will be held in Spring 2008.