Holly-Katharine Johnson is a tenured Professor of English and New Media at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, New Jersey, where she has served as the faculty adviser to the award-winning student newspaper, The College VOICE, for the past six years.

Johnson graduated from Cornell University with Honors in 2001. She majored in English with a minor in Creative Writing. She initiated her undergraduate work at Columbia University where she completed all course work for a major in Film Studies. In 2004 she earned an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Johnson worked for the Rutgers University Writing Program in 2005.

In 2011-2012 school year Prof. Johnson was given a fellowship to the Princeton Mid-Career Fellowship program where she initiated a research project in new media that earned her the prestigious Nordin Award from the College Media Association.

She has written articles on new media and student journalism for College Media Review and is an active member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the College Media Association. She been a frequent guest speaker for The Rutgers University Writing Program on topics such as use of technology for teaching composition and use of creative writing tools for the expository writing seminar.

Prof. Johnson’s research focuses include: the viral phenomenon in student media; best practices in new media pedagogy; the use of long-form, enterprise and in-depth reporting as a tool for building college students’ writing, researching and critical thinking skills; and the complex obligations of public colleges as they try to protect privacy and yet provide transparency under the law.

Prof. Johnson lives with her family in Middlesex County, NJ and is an essayist, blogger and triathlete in her free time.


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