Pratt-Johnson serves as Interim Dean of The School of Education at St.
John’s University, where she is Professor of Education (Teaching
English to Speakers of Other Languages [TESOL]) and where she served
previously as Chair of the Department of Education Specialties.
Proud to belong to an institution that practices the Vincentian
mission, Professor Pratt-Johnson has a distinguished record of human
and community service, in addition to extensive publications in
peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, presentations and keynote
speeches at conferences around the globe, and major academic awards.
Before joining the faculty at St. John’s, Professor Pratt-Johnson
taught English as a Second Language at Borough of Manhattan Community
College of the City University of New York (CUNY) and graduate courses
in education at such other CUNY institutions as Baruch and Hunter
Colleges. Her teaching and research interests include first- and
second-language acquisition, literacy development for first- and
second-language learners, and issues associated with English-based
creoles and the teaching of “dialect-different” students.
A related area of expertise, in which Professor Pratt-Johnson has
developed and led award winning programs, is study abroad. In
particular, Professor Pratt-Johnson has built upon the research- and
experience-based principle that there are instructional advantages to
be gained from educators acquiring and promulgating knowledge of their
students’ birth and/or heritage nations. To this end, she has led
study-travel expeditions for in-service teachers to several
destinations abroad, with programs to Vietnam (2011, 2013) and India
(2015, 2017) receiving prestigious Fulbright-Hays Awards.
Another topic on which Professor Pratt-Johnson has charted territory
through publications, workshops, and conference work is professional
development. Most notably, she has been an advocate of the need
to see professional development—and one’s trajectory as an educator—as
a lifelong learning journey. In this regard, Professor
Pratt-Johnson strives to “practice what she preaches,” and she
considers herself to be a committed life-long learner.
Professor Pratt-Johnson holds a B.A. degree in Spanish/Secondary
Education from Stony Brook University, an M.S. degree in
Spanish/Linguistics from Georgetown University, and the degrees of M.A.
(TESOL), MS.Ed (TESOL), and Ed.D. (Spanish Education/TESOL) from
Teachers College, Columbia University.