Shantalea Johns

Shantalea Johns

Academic Services Officer

(313) 577-4409

Shantalea Johns


Johns is an Academic Services Officer III in the WSU School of Social Work and part-time faculty member. In 2016, Johns was named Emerging Leader by the Global Community for Academic Advisors (NACADA). She was one of 10 leaders chosen (and the first ever from WSU!) from an international pool of applicants. In 2018, Johns was awarded the Wayne State University Outstanding Contributor Award.

Johns presents on best practices in academic advising and student support services to national and international audiences. Johns also provides behavioral health awareness seminars and trainings to local community organizations in Detroit.

Johns serves as the co-chair of the School of Social Work’s Social Entrepreneurship Committee(SAGE Award for Innovative Teaching in Social Work Education 2018) and Wayne State University’s Anti-Stigma Committee. Johns is also an appointed member of the Academic Staff Professional Development Committee and Advising Excellence Committee. 

Johns is currently a 2nd-year doctoral student in the College of Education. Her research seeks to understand the impact of mental illness on student persistence and retention.


John develops, monitors, and evaluates student support services for M.S.W. and B.S.W. Students. Johns also creates educational plans and oversees university general education/program requirements for B.S.W. students at the main, Macomb and Schoolcraft campuses as well as the online social work program called WOW! In addition, Johns developments recruitment and marketing strategies for B.S.W program, collects and distributes student data regarding student performance, scheduling preferences, and educational needs for use in curriculum development and policy refinement. Further, Johns' duties include making admission decisions on B.S.W. applications for acceptance into the B.S.W program, providing training and supervision to part-time academic advisors and management of the Office of Admission and Student Services in the absence of the OASS Director.

Degrees and Certifications

  • Certificate in Mixed Methods Research, University of Michigan
  • Certified Child and Adolescent trauma professional, International Trauma Training Institute
  • Certified Youth, Adult, Higher Education, Public Saftey, and Fire and EMS Mental Health First Aid Instructor, National Council for Behavioral Health
  • Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching, Wayne State University
  • M.S.W., Wayne State University
  • B.S.W., Wayne State University

Research Interests

  • Behavioral health disparities
  • College student’s mental health
  • Peer victimization
  • Adolescent risk behaviors
  • Culturally appropriate and responsive academic advising practices

Courses Taught

  • SW 1010 Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare
  • SW 3410 Foundations of Ethics and Values in Social Work
  • SW 5720 - Social Services for Older Adults ( TA)
  • FYS 1010- Learning with the Brain in Mind
  • FYS 1010 First-Year Success Seminar
  • C2 Pipeline - Warrior College Experience