John Turner

Urban Education Studies

Résumé/CV on Box


PhD Urban Education – IUPUI (Anticipated Completion – December 2018)

M.S. Student Affairs and Higher Education
Indiana State University - May 2007

B.S. Electronics Technology, minor in Political Science
Indiana State University - May 2005


John Turner, M.S. resides in Indianapolis, IN currently works as an Assistant Director of Academic Advising and Adjunct Professor at Ivy Tech Community College. He is a 10 yr Higher Ed Professional & also does public speaking & community initiatives.

Current Projects

  • Male Education Initiatives

  • Black Males in Education

  • People of Color/Social Justice

  • Critical Race

  • Student Development Theories

Honors & Awards

The National Society of Leadership and Success, Ivy Tech Community College - Central Indiana Sigma Alpha Pi Chapter Excellence In Teaching Award – April 2017

BlackManCan Award – Higher Education – June 2013


Topic: What Is Your P.A.S.S.I.O.N.? – A Professional Development session during Ivy Tech Community Colleges Professional Development Day where Author John C. Turner of the Book “The Art Form of P.A.S.S.I.O.N.” conducts a thorough review of his book and how it can motive faculty and staff with their dreams, desires, and passions. This presentation discussed the acronym of P.A.S.S.I.O.N. and how discovering one’s Passion can help individuals become better people for themselves, their friends and families, their careers, and their communities. – Fall 2015

Topic: “Got GUMPTION?” Cultivating Minority Male Success In Higher Education – This presentation was made at the Black and Latino Male Summit at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. In Devin Martin's “Lifestyle Integrity” writing Gumption Trap, Mr Martin discusses this notion of "Gumption." Gumption is your initiative, your energy to move forward and your ability to do so with commonsense and shrewdness. In Robert Pirsig novel, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance he coined the term "gumption trap." A "gumption trap" is something which saps your energy, undermines your faith or otherwise causes you to falter in your drive towards completing a project. Even with all the negative stereotypes & statistics of Minority Male success in Higher Education, there’s still a group of students & professionals who choose to use their "gumption" to succeed. This discussion will look at the inner “gumption” of students & professionals & how certain minority males decided to make it. Also, what is the drive inside of them that helps them make it in Higher Education & help others succeed as well.– Spring 2016

Topic: Diversity Issues in K-12 Education – This presentation was a Community Forum discussion which took place at Kheprw Institute. The discussion talked about systemic K-12 educational issues which hinder the success and progression in education of underrepresented students. Areas also discussed included disproportionality issues, non-traditional methods of completing high school education, and issues of diverse students looking to complete higher education. - Spring 2016

Topic: A Change in FOCUS for African-American Males – This presentation was made at the AERA Annual Conference & Society of Professors of Education National Meeting in Washington DC. This presentation will provide an overview of the curriculum and instructional design processes associated with a first-year experience course for African-American males. Presenters will discuss the necessity of the course, the challenges involved in implementation, and assessment techniques employed to sustain its implementation beyond the pilot phase. Implications for longitudinal research and course re-design will also be discussed. – Spring 2016

Topic: The PhD Black Male View - This presentation was made at the IABHE Conference at The University of Notre Dame, ISAA Conference at the University of Indianapolis, and the AERA Annual Conference & Society of Professors of Education National Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. This presentation took an epistemological and ontological view at three African American males who are pursuing three different doctoral degrees at three different universities in the State of Indiana. - Fall 2016 and Spring 2017

Topic: A Critical Discussion Exploring Indianapolis Charter Schools - This presentation was a Community Forum discussion which took place at Kheprw Institute. This discussion with the
Indianapolis, Indiana Community along with Urban Education PhD students discussed how Charter School education came about in the United States and in Indianapolis. The discussion provided public data about Charter Schools and provided questions and public information sites where parents and community members can look into Charter schools for themselves to see if they are a good fit for the children in their lives and communities. – Spring 2017

Topic: Mentoring 101 - This presentation was conducted for Junior and Senior High School students during the 2017 Minority Male Student Engagement Conference which was held at Ivy Tech Community College. Student were introduced to the 40 Developmental Assets Checklist and provided information on how to search for a mentor, what to look for in a mentor for themselves, and how to keep a great Mentor/Mentee accountability relationship for great success for their futures. – Spring 2017

Professional Associations

  • American Education Research Association (BLACK SIG & DIVISION G)
  • Indiana Student Affairs Association
  • Indiana Association of Blacks in Higher Education
  • Black Doctoral Network
  • National Counsel for the Social Studies/Social Science Education Consortium
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.