Meet Elizabeth Johnson-Young!

Elizabeth Johnson-Young
Elizabeth Johnson-Young


















Preparing Future Leaders (PFL) is a premier leadership community that exemplifies creative engagement, reflective practice, and multidisciplinary collaboration. The PFL leadership teams delivers evidence-based programming in mentoring, scholarship, teaching, professional development, and personal development. Since 2007, PFL team members have offered more than 500 professional development events for more than 15,000 graduate students, and PFL has become a nationally recognized model for enhancing graduate student success.

The PFL Ambassadors includes a group of ten graduate students from different disciplines who have been invited to represent PFL, connect with other graduate students, and enhance their own leadership skills. Through the Ambassadors program, they will be able to develop advanced leadership and communication skill and expand on the knowledge they have already gained by participating in PFL events and programs.

Elizabeth Johnson-Young became involved with the Preparing Future Leaders (PFL) program during her first year at NC State through the Season Pass program, which gave her the chance to explore various workshop offerings and make connections with other graduate students around campus. One of her favorite workshops, Elizabeth reports, “was one about writing tests and quizzes for our students.” “While I’d taken pedagogy courses in my field,” she says, “this was so helpful as a focused workshop that allowed us to practice, critique, and get feedback from others, [and] I still use these tips as I’m creating tests for my courses.” As a PFL Ambassador during the 2013–2014 school year, she now hopes to “encourage others to take advantage of the many opportunities PFL offers, and personally, to make more connections throughout campus.”

Currently a third year doctoral student in the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media (CRDM) program, Elizabeth reports she has been drawn to communications and media since her undergraduate days at University of North Carolina-Greensboro. “At UNCG, while my concentration was actually broadcasting,” she says, “I had a couple of really influential professors, particularly Dr. Geoffrey Baym, who helped develop this interest in media portrayals, particularly in regards to portrayals of women and politics.” While receiving her Masters in Communication at Virginia Tech, this interest developed into a focus on the cognitive, behavioral, and attitudinal effects of media content and a fascination with health communication. Now at NC State working closely with Dr. Andrew Binder, her dissertation chair and advisor, Elizabeth reports that what she studies is “always evolving in some way, [but] is right on this path.”

Hailing from Alexandria, Virginia, Elizabeth chose NC State’s CRDM program because it fit well with her research interests and offered exposure to different approaches to communication issues. Three years later, she finds the most fulfilling part of her graduate students the opportunity to work with excellent professors and a group of peers who have diverse perspectives and interests. She is also excited by the prospect of exploring her own areas of interest in depth and honing her skills and expertise as she writes a dissertation.

Elizabeth spends the majority of her spare time with her husband, Josh, who works at WebAssign on Centennial Campus. She also loves to read, watch movies, enjoy the outdoors (when it’s cool), cook, and play the piano.

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