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USD Graduate Earns Fellowship to Teach in NJ

Image Bailey Johnson USD graduate Bailey Johnson, one of 62 Woodrow Wilson New Jersey teaching fellows.

PRINCETON, N.J. -- A recent graduate of the University of South Dakota has earned a fellowship that will cover the expense of her master’s degree in exchange for three years of teaching in New Jersey.

Bailey Johnson, from Ankeny, Iowa, graduated from USD in May with a B.S. in chemistry and a B.A. in Spanish. She’s one of 62 Woodrow Wilson New Jersey teaching fellows for 2016. The competitive program recruits recent graduates and career changers with strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and prepares them to teach in high-need secondary schools.

Each fellow receives $30,000 toward a specially designed master’s degree program based on a year-long classroom experience. In return, they commit to teach three years in urban and rural New jersey schools most in need of STEM teachers. Johnson will receive her degree through Rutgers University-Camden.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced the fellows last week. More information on the program is available at


USD's College of Arts & Sciences offers students a top-notch undergraduate liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as graduate programs that have earned USD distinction as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The college's more than 22,000 alumni include famous journalists, Hollywood screenwriters, novelists, a Nobel Prize winner, South Dakota governors, attorneys, physicians, justices of the state Supreme Court, distinguished university faculty and international humanitarians.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News