Johnny C. Woods, Jr is a second-year PhD student in the Higher Education Department and is concurrently pursuing a MS in Science and Technology Studies at Virginia Tech (VT). He has a MEd in Educational Foundations from Makerere University, Uganda and a BA in Sociology from the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University, Liberia. Johnny also holds several graduate and advance certificates, including Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) in Higher Education, Monitoring and Evaluation, Procurement, and Public Sector Management. He currently serves as the Research Group Coordinator for a team of researchers in the Engineering Competencies, Learning, and Inclusive Practices for Success (ECLIPS) Lab in the Department of Engineering Education at VT where he is also a Graduate Research Assistant. His dissertation focuses on factors influencing the pursuit of STEM career choice among African-born immigrants in the United States; and his Advisor is Dr. Homero Murzi. Prior to Virginia Tech, Johnny served at Tubman University-TU (Liberia) for approximately 11 years in several administrative capacities, including his last position as Chief of Staff to the University President and Liaison to the University Board of Trustees.

Johnny is a member of several professional associations including the: American College Personnel Association (ACPA); American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE); and the West African Anglophone Quality Assurance Network (WAAQAN). At VT, his service includes membership with the Graduate Honor System (GHS) and the VT Academy for Graduate Teaching Assistant Excellence ((VTGrATE). He is a Diversity Scholar for the VT Diversity Scholar Program (2020) and a Graduate Fellow of the Global Academy for Engineering. Johnny is also a proud recipient of TU Pioneer Administrator Award. He has co-authored few research papers in the proceedings of ASEE and the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI). He has few more conference papers and journal articles currently under review. His general areas of research include: STEM education, immigrants/migrants issues in higher education, international education/students, and Quality Assurance. Given his administrative and research experience, Johnny intends to serve as a Graduate Teaching Assistant/Apprentice beginning the Academic Year 2020-2021 to gain college teaching experience so as to boost his capacity to ably function in academia. In his spare time, Johnny enjoys spending time and having intellectual conversations with his Partner, Randell Zuleka Dauda, a fellow doctoral student in the VT’s Planning, Governance, and Globalization program.