Leadership & Staff

Tamara Johnson
Director, Engaged Scholarship

As the Director of Engaged Scholarship at UNC Charlotte, Dr. Tamara Johnson develops policies, structures, and programming that supports engaged scholarship and enriches the student experience through experiential and community-based learning, civic engagement, and international education. She works collaboratively to create strategic initiatives that align teaching and research around urgent community needs. She also coordinates the 49er Democracy Experience strategy team, a committee of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to civic learning and voter engagement. Dr. Johnson co-founded and directs UNC Charlotte’s Bonner Leaders program.

Dr. Johnson served as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Global Studies, where she taught courses on globalization and global cities, as well as food justice in South Africa (where she was a Peace Corps volunteer and a Fulbright scholar). She was the 2018 Civic Professional of the Year – Emerging Leader Award recipient, presented by North Carolina Campus Compact.

Tamara earned her doctorate in geography from UNC Chapel Hill.

Engaged Scholarship Staff

Ally Bitgood
Business Services Coordinator, Urban Institute
Joanne Carman
2022-23 Senior Fellow for Faculty Engagement
CarlosAlexis Cruz
2023-24 Sr. Fellow for Faculty Engagement & Associate Professor of Theatre at College of Arts + Architecture
Tamara Johnson
Director, Engaged Scholarship
Holly Middleton
Associate Director of Engaged Scholarship
Saliseah Scales
Fellow for Student Engagement