Faculty & Staff Directory

Ranjini Mahinda JohnBull, PhD

Assistant Professor

O: 410-516-0371

Ranjini Mahinda JohnBull serves as the faculty lead for the Mind, Brain, and Teaching program. Her work centers on improving educational and life outcomes of traditionally disadvantaged students and children living in poverty through research on teacher beliefs and teacher practice. To that end, she focuses on teacher efficacy, the social contexts in which these beliefs change, and interventions that improve teaching efficacy and teacher practice. This work builds on the body of literature demonstrating that teacher efficacy influences student outcomes. Her research encompasses cultural competence and teacher efficacy studies, an IES-funded, arts-integration and memory study in Baltimore City, and professional development investigations of the Brain-Targeted Teaching model’s effects on teaching efficacy.

Prior to joining Mariale Hardiman’s research lab for a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship, she served as a music teacher in two St. Louis City charter schools, provided teacher training and microbusiness strategic development in Uganda with the U.S. Peace Corps, and coordinated the graduate-student assessment data collection for accreditation of the Education Leadership program at the University of Virginia.

TEACHING AND RESEARCH

Teaching

  • Mind, Brain, and Teaching
  • Educational Leadership and Strategic Planning
  • Theoretical Perspectives and Disciplinary Approaches in Education
  • Multicultural Education
  • Research Methods in Education

Research

  • Neuroeducation professional development intervention effects on teacher efficacy and practice
  • Arts-Integration intervention effects on teacher and student outcomes (i.e. memory and self-efficacy)
  • Cultural competence intervention effects on teacher beliefs and practice
  • Teacher efficacy, cultural competence, student academic self-efficacy, and collective efficacy
EDUCATION

2012 University of Virginia Curry School of Education
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Administration and Supervision
Dissertation: The Relationship between Cultural Competence & Teacher Efficacy
Charlottesville, Virginia

2008 University of Virginia Curry School of Education
Master of Education
Educational Administration and Supervision
Charlottesville, Virginia

2001 Washington University in St. Louis
Bachelor of Arts
Major: Music – Vocal Performance and Piano; Minor: Biology
St. Louis, Missouri

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

July 2016 to present Assistant Professor
Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Courses taught in EdD program:
    • Mind, Brain Science, and Learning (Summers 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 – online)
    • Disciplinary Approaches in Education (Fall 2014 – online)
    • Special Topics in Brain Science (Spring 2016, 2018, 2019 – online)
  • Courses taught in MSEd program:
    • Explorations in Mind, Brain, and Teaching (Fall 2015, 2016 – online)
    • Special Topics in Brain Science (Fall 2014, 2016 – online)
    • Effective Practices in Teaching and Learning II (Spring 2018 – online)
  • Courses developed or revised:
    • Explorations in Mind, Brain, and Teaching (revised in Summers 2016, 2017, 2018)
    • Mind, Brain Science, and Learning (assisted in development – Spring 2014; revised in Spring 2015; revised in Spring 2016; revised in Spring 2017; revised Spring 2018)
    • Research Methods and Systematic Inquiry II (assisted in development – Summer 2014)
    • Special Topics in Brain Science – Masters certificate (revised – Fall 2014; Summer 2016; Fall 2018)
    • Doctoral Seminar on Special Topics in Brain Science (Developed course for Spring 2016; Revised Fall 2017, revised Fall 2018)
  • Community Conversations Facilitator
    • Facilitated monthly diversity and inclusion meetings for JHU SOE’s faculty and staff (Fall 2016-Spring 2018)

July 2014 – 2016 Visiting Assistant Professor
Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Baltimore, Maryland

2012-2014 Adjunct Faculty
Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Co-taught the following courses:
    • Special Topics in Brain Science (Fall 2012 – F2F & online, Spring 2013 – online, Fall 2013 – F2F & online)
    • Explorations in Mind, Brain, and Teaching (Fall 2013 – online)
  • Guest lecturer: Culturally Responsive Education (January 2013, January 2014 – online lecture)

Spring 2011  Graduate Teaching Assistant for Multicultural Education
University of Virginia Curry School of Education, Charlottesville, Virginia

  • Facilitated instruction for 150 undergraduate students on topics of oppression in society and education, which included ableism, racism, classism, sexism, and heterosexism.
  • Dialogued with students concerning reflections on oppression using UVA’s online learning system – Collab.
  • Supervised 13 upper-class student leaders for small group facilitation.
  • Evaluated and provided feedback on online written work for 50 students.

April 2009  Guest Instructor, School and Community Relations graduate course
University of Virginia Curry School of Education, Charlottesville, Virginia

  • Facilitated the analysis discussions of Beverly Tatum’s Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: and Other Conversations About Race for 12 graduate students and 1 professor.

2008-2009 Graduate Student Facilitator, SEEDS4Change
“Students in Education Engaging in Diversity Scholarship 4 Change”
University of Virginia Curry School of Education, Charlottesville, Virginia

  • Co-facilitated monthly diversity discussions for graduate students and faculty. Topics included: culturally competent professors, “at-risk” students, social justice and equity in education.
  • Co-facilitated monthly meetings for the SEEDS4Change book club: Zadie Smith’s White Teeth, Thrity Umrigar’s The Space Between Us, and Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian.

2003-2005  Music Teacher and Honors Choir Director
St. Louis Charter School, St. Louis, Missouri
Served 800 K-8th grade students

2001-2003  Music Teacher
Ethel Hedgeman Lyle Academy, St. Louis, Missouri
Served 225 PreK – 4th grades students

2001-2004  Musical Director, Choreographer, Accompanist
Jewish Community Center, St. Louis, Missouri

RESEARCH AND RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2012-2014 Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Project coordinator for 17 research team members and 17 volunteers in preparing and implementing an IES grant-funded randomized study of arts-integrated science curriculum in 6 Baltimore City Public Schools within 16 classrooms of 5th grade students.
    • Planned and facilitated team meetings, managed team process and timelines, negotiated contracts, mediated team member conflicts, recruited volunteers, edited lesson plans, coordinated the production of teacher curriculum guides, student workbooks, and 52 science kits, trained teachers on arts-integrated lessons, managed data collection, analyzed data, and wrote statistical results for final reports.
  • Implemented 4 studies with PI on professional development in brain sciences and teacher efficacy.
    • Facilitated sessions on cultural competence, teacher beliefs, and student achievement.
    • Collected and analyzed data using statistical methods, and co-authored 2 papers.
    • Presented findings at AERA 2013 in San Francisco, CA.
  • Assisted in organizing Neuro-education Initiative Learning Lunch – Fall 2012.

2008-2011 Graduate Assistantship – TEAC accreditation
University of Virginia Curry School of Education, Charlottesville, Virginia

  • Collected and analyzed data on over 400 educational leadership applicants across 5 UVA centers.
  • Collaborated with over 20 professors and adjunct faculty in collecting and organizing student and professor data for administration and supervision accreditation process.
  • Co-wrote results of the final accreditation report for the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

Summer 2008 Administrative Internship Supervisor
University of Virginia Curry School of Education, Charlottesville, Virginia

  • Supervised 3 graduate student administrative interns serving in 3 elementary summer schools.
  • Conducted advising and evaluation meetings.
  • Composed final performance reports for interns.

2007-2008 Administrative Intern
Woodbrook Elementary School, Charlottesville, Virginia

  • Created and coordinated the data management system for over 200 discipline referrals.
  • Assisted principal in “Walk-Through” 5-minute observations in classrooms.
  • Conducted formal observations of teacher lessons and assisted with teacher feedback conferences.
  • Created in-depth report on 3rd grade reading/literacy program.

2005-2007 Micro-business/Non-profit Advisor and Teacher Trainer
U.S. Peace Corps, Pallisa, Uganda

  • Worked on selected grants (see “Grants” section below)
  • Conducted 5-day workshop on Strategic Organizational Development, Project Design, and Grant Writing for 40 small business, NGOs (non-governmental organization) and school leaders.
  • Facilitated training for 87 community leaders on HIV/AIDS project planning and program evaluation.
  • Co-wrote and implemented community health strategic plan for partner NGO (Lodoi Development Fund).
  • Designed and prepared baseline, mid-year, and end-of-year assessments for pilot education program in two rural elementary schools.
  • Wrote a proposal to the Uganda Ministry of Education and Sports for national implementation of pilot education program.
  • Conducted workshops for 18 teachers on administering assessments, classroom management, thematic curriculum implementation, and development of resources using local materials.
  • Supervised and evaluated workshop on literacy in the mother-tongue, Lugwere.
  • Evaluated instructional methods, classroom management, and student-teacher interactions.
SCHOLARSHIP

Selected Publications and Papers:

Hardiman, M. M., JohnBull, R. M., Carran, D. T., & Shelton, A. (2019). The effects of arts-integrated instruction on memory for science content. Trends in Neuroscience and Education, 14, 25-32. 

Hardiman, M., & JohnBull, R.M. (2018). Converting STEM Programs to STEAM Programs: Methods and Examples for Educators, Education Administrators and Policymakers. In M. P. Mueller, D. J. Tippins, & A. J. Stewart (Eds.), Assessing Schools for Generation R (Responsibility): A Guide for Legislation and School Policy in Science Education. New York, NY: Springer.

JohnBull, R. M., & Hardiman, M. M. (2018, November). Explorating teacher efficacy beliefs in Puerto Rico: Results from a neuroeducation professional development study. Paper presented at the 2018 annual convention of the University Council for Educational Administration, Houston, TX.

Hardiman, M. M., JohnBull, R. M., & Carran, D. (2017, April). The effects of arts-integrated instruction on students’ memory for science content: Results from a randomized control trial study. Paper presented at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX. Available in the AERA Online Paper Repository.

Murtaugh, A., & JohnBull, R. M. (2017, April). The danger of partial understanding: Neuroscience literacy and neuromyths. Paper presented at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX. Available in the AERA Online Paper Repository.

JohnBull, R. M., Hardiman, M. M., & Rinne, L. (2013, April). Professional development effects on teacher efficacy: How knowledge of neuro- and cognitive sciences changes beliefs. Paper presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Available in the AERA Online Paper Repository.

Tucker, P. D., & JohnBull, R. M. (2014). A fledgling effort in program evaluation to assess growth of aspiring school leaders. In M. D. Young (Ed.), Innovative leadership preparation programs: Extending the reach of effective research and practice. Charlottesville, VA: University Council for Educational Administration. (in press)

JohnBull, R. M. (2012, November). The relationship between cultural competence and teacher efficacy: A link to student achievement. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the University Council of Education Administration, Denver, CO.

Sterrett, W., & JohnBull, R. M. (2009). Empowering misbehaving students. Principal. March/April 2009 issue. Web exclusive.

Presentations:

Hardiman, M., JohnBull, R., Grizzard, C., Teacher Professional Development Workshop, “How the Learning Sciences Inform Teaching & Learning: The Brain-Targeted Teaching Model,” Genesee Region Teacher Center; Batavia City School District, Batavia, NY. (October 26, 2017).

JohnBull, R. M., Mayes, E., Johns Hopkins University School of Education EdD Residency and Orientation, “Elements of the Year One Paper: Focusing your POP from a broad social issue to an evidence-supported POP,” Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Baltimore, MD. (August 2017).

JohnBull, R. M., Johns Hopkins University School of Education EdD Residency and Orientation, “Elements of the Year One Paper: Focusing your POP from a broad social issue to an evidence-supported POP,” Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Baltimore, MD. (August 2016).

JohnBull, R. M. (2016, June). Research on Brain-Targeted Teaching. Presentation to the India principals’ delegation to Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

Hardiman, M., & JohnBull, R. M. (2015, October). Neuroeducation research and strategies: Structuring positive emotional climates. Invited presentation for the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics Regional Conference & Exposition, Atlantic City, NJ.

Hardiman, M., JohnBull, R., Grizzard, C. (May, 2015). From STEM to STEAM: How the Arts Can Enhance Instruction in Math and Science, The Learning & the Brain Conference, New York, NY.

Hardiman, M., JohnBull, R., Grizzard, C. (March, 2015). From STEM to STEAM: How the Arts Can Enhance Instruction in Science,” U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement Conference on Deconstruction the Arts: From Implementation to Outcomes, Washington, DC.

Hardiman, M., JohnBull, R., & Grizzard, C. (September, 2014). The Effects of Arts Integration on Student Learning,” Arts Education Partnership National Forum Preparing Students for the Next America in and through the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA.

Hardiman, M. M., & JohnBull, R. M. (2014, February). Why neuroeducation matters. Invited presentation for the Phi Delta Kappa chapter of Maryland, Baltimore, MD.

Grizzard, C., & JohnBull, R. M. (2014, January). Learning, arts, and the brain. Presentation for the National Gallery of Art teacher workshops, Washington, D.C.

JohnBull, R. M. (2011, November). Teacher efficacy and cultural competence: A theoretical framework. Paper presentation for the annual meeting of the University Council of Education Administration, Pittsburgh, PA.

O’Doherty, A., Gooden, M. A., Tucker P. D., JohnBull, R., & Korach, S. (2011, November). Leveraging program change with data. Workshop presented at the annual conference of the University Council for Educational Administration, Pittsburgh, PA.

Tucker, P. D., & JohnBull, R. M. (2011, November). Exploring student growth in leadership skills through program evaluation. Paper presentation for the annual meeting of the University Council of Education Administration, Pittsburgh, PA.

Tucker, P. D., Rorrer, A., & JohnBull, R. M. (2010, October). Gathering evaluation data from program accreditation and improvement. Presentation at the annual meeting of the University Council of Education Administration, New Orleans, LA.

JohnBull, R. M., JohnBull, E. A., & Kenyon, D. K. (2007, February). Organizational development, strategic planning, project design, and grant writing. Workshop presented for county micro-business and non-profit organization leaders, Pallisa, Uganda.

Selected Poster Presentations:

Hardiman, M. M., & JohnBull, R. M. (2014, January). Application of brain sciences in the classroom: How brain-targeted teaching changes beliefs. Poster presentation at the inaugural Science of Learning and Gateway Science Symposia, Baltimore, MD.

JohnBull, R. M. (2012, November). The relationship between cultural competence and teacher efficacy. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the National Association for Multicultural Education, Philadelphia, PA.

JohnBull, R. M. (2012, May). Cultural competence and teacher efficacy. Finalist in the Presidential Research Poster Competition at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

Manuscripts in progress:

“How knowledge of the learning sciences influences teaching practices and attitudes” [joint with Mariale Hardiman, to be submitted to Professional Development in Education]

“The relationship between cultural competence and teacher efficacy: A link to student achievement through teacher beliefs.” [To be submitted to Urban Education]

“Professional development effects on teacher efficacy and practice: How knowledge of neuro- and cognitive science effects teachers’ beliefs and instructional actions” [joint with Mariale Hardiman, to be submitted to Teaching and Teacher Education]

“Improving novice teacher efficacy: How brain science professional development differentially affects novice and career teacher beliefs” [joint with Mariale Hardiman, to be submitted to Journal of Teacher Education]

“How Student Academic Self-Efficacy Moderates the Impact of Arts-Integrated Methods on Outcomes” [joint with Mariale Hardiman, to be submitted to Studies in Art Education]

“Reliability and Validity of the Fidelity of Implementation (FOI) Instrument: An observation tool for randomized control trials in classroom settings” [joint with Mariale Hardiman, to be submitted to Applied Measurement in Education Journal]

“The effects of new leadership on the implementation and outcomes of an arts-integration study” [joint with Mariale Hardiman, to be submitted to Education Week]

GRANTS

2012-2014
Institute of Education Sciences (IES)
Development and Innovation Grant
The Effects of Arts-Integration on Retention of Content and Student Engagement, $896,000
Johns Hopkins University School of Education
Neuro-Education Initiative
Project Coordinator* (roles and responsibilities listed in Professional Experience section on page 1)
Baltimore, Maryland

2006-2007 U.S. Embassy – Uganda, Small Grants Program
Nursing Institute Construction, $11,000
Natiki Health Focus Organisation
Grant writer and implementation adviser
Pallisa, Uganda

2006-2007 U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
Rural Business Development for Fish Farming, $8,700
Co-fund Manager and Grant writer
Pallisa, Uganda

2006-2007 U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
HIV/AIDS Awareness Workshop for Religious Leaders, $4,000
Co-program Director and Grant writer
Pallisa, Uganda

SERVICE

2014-Present Advising 9 EdD doctoral students; serving on 3 EdD committees; advising 40 masters certificate MBT students

2014-2015 JHU SOE “Funtervention” coordinator

2013-2014 Interviewer, Online Ed.D. program; Johns Hopkins University School of Education

October 2013 Session Leader, Pre-K at Play Day; Johns Hopkins University School of Education

2013 Journal of Teacher Education manuscript reviewer

2012-2014 JHU Representative, Any Given Child, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Baltimore Community Arts Team

2010-2012, 2018 University Council of Education Administration conference reviewer

Spring 2009 Chairperson, Education Student Council Social Committee, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia

2008-2009 Facilitator, SEEDS4Change; Curry School of Education, University of Virginia

2008-2009 Administration and Supervision Graduate Student Representative, Education Student Council, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

2009-present American Education Research Association (AERA)

2009-present University Council of Education Administration (UCEA)

2012-present National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)

AWARDS

2012 Finalist for Presidential Research Poster Competition – UVA
2012 Nominee for Dissertation Award in the Curry School of Education – UVA
2011 David L. Clark Graduate Student Scholar – AERA
2011-2012 Frank E. Flora Scholarship
2010-2011 Administration and Supervision Women’s Graduate Fellowship
2009-2010 Walter Eugene Campbell Scholarship
2008-2009 Samuel Marx Scholarship