Graduate Student Assembly
University of Georgia
I am a third-year Ph.D. student at the University of Georgia studying under Dr. Robert Branch. My professional passions are creating learning environments, project management, and event planning. I am happiest when working with complexity and ambiguity, as this scenario allows me to use my creativity and entrepreneurial background to add value to others. It is an honor to run for GSA President-Elect.
The role of GSA President-Elect, as I understand it, is not about using my research skill to further the mission of AECT. As such, I will not discuss in this bio who I am as an academic but who I am as a person who is committed to our field, can lead a team, can guide us as a division as we grow, and values relationships.
I will not tell you about my understanding of research methodologies as it is irrelevant. Instead, direct you to my linked page https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-conley-johnston so you can verify two decades of commitment to maintaining and growing professional relationships.
I will not be telling you about my publications. Instead, I will encourage you to consider my certifications and training in management, projects, and leadership. I have advanced certifications in various project management methodologies (PMP, PMI-ACP, and DASM) and advanced quality industry certifications (CSSBB).
One of the visions I have for GSA to have more active engagement among its members is for universities to have a dedicated collegiate representative to attend the meetings. This representative would then report to their universities the meeting details so that we can ensure that universities are updated, involved, and engaged. This would give GSA a deeper, more meaningful direct line of contact with each university and, thus, their GSA members. This will encourage relationships and networking on a deeper level throughout the year.
It would be an honor to be elected as GSA President. I sincerely would love the opportunity to serve GSA and ACET.