Dr. Justus has been a faculty member at the University of Phoenix since 2001. After completing her first degree, she began her career in telecommunications; then moved to Hawaii and worked with a large public relations firm that specialized in hospitality and tourism. She completed an M.A. in Educational Administration, and began her thirty five year career in higher education as a full-time faculty member, coordinator of cooperative education and as a senior administrator. During her career, she had the opportunity to travel extensively and participate in cross cultural curriculum projects as well as program evaluation. She assumed leadership positions in higher education in Maryland and Virginia and managed corporate training in the private sector.
Dr. Justus received her Ph.D. from George Mason University and is now actively involved in doctoral education at the University of Phoenix. She chairs doctoral committees, mentoring students from the inception of their research to the final approval of their dissertation, a highlight of her current role as chair and mentor. She facilitates all levels of doctoral residencies, and teaches EDD, EDT and RES courses. Dr. Justus was an early adopter of technology and has been an advocate for distance learning since the early years of her career. Her papers and presentations have focused on advanced technology integration in teaching and learning, social media and its impact on cultural competency, the impact of language and culture in virtual learning communities, fostering online learning communities of practice, social presence as a retention factor in global environments, virtual learning teams in doctoral education and Web 2.0 technology as a tool for internationalizing the curriculum.
Dr. Justus was honored to be appointed as a Research Fellow in 2014. Her paper was published in The Qualitative Journal in February 2017. She participated in a major multi-tiered project in 2016 as part of the CEITR based on her interests related to how culture impacts interaction and engagement with social media. Having been a Dissertation Chair and mentor for doctoral students for 10 years, with three graduates just within the past year and fifteen graduates in total, her interest in the role of reflection in doctoral studies resulted in her most recent 2018 presentation on the role reflection can play in turning doctoral candidates into graduates.