H. Justin Ballenger, PH.D.

Morehouse College

Professional and Continuing Studies Division
  • Assistant Professor, STEM Education
Dr. H. Justin Ballenger is an assistant professor of STEM education in the Division of Professional and Continuing Studies at Morehouse College.

He also serves as the Deputy Director of the Atlanta University Center (AUC) Data Science Initiative. He has extensive experience with the implementation of programming that supports the academic development of youth from under-served populations. Dr. Ballenger is a National Science Foundation Quantitative Computational and Mixed-Methods Fellow and Faculty Fellow with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF).

Within the Division of Continuing & Professional Studies, Dr. Ballenger serves on the curriculum development committee and the director of assessment for the Education Department. He also serves as affiliated faculty within the Morehouse Center for Educational Excellence (MCEE).

Dr. Ballenger’s research agenda is focused on the academic achievement of under-served populations and pathways for students from under-served backgrounds to pursue STEM careers both in the United States and abroad. He also engaged with the research related to data science in K-12. As a component of this research, he also investigates teaching practices and teacher preparation programs for STEM educators.



Office Location 
Wheeler 313


Office Hours
Tuesday and Thursday
11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Publications & Presentations

Atlanta’s Citizen Review Board & Police Accountability

Adofoli, V., Ballenger, H.J., & Vazquez, E. | 2020, Urban Leaders Research Report / Urban Leaders Fellowship

Lessons Learned Using Mobile APP Development to Foster Female Students Interest in STEM Majors and Careers

Ekong, D., & Walthall, S., Ballenger, H. J. | 2018, Transactions on Techniques in STEM Education / ASEE

Building Authentic Relationships, Revised Electronic Course 2nd Edition

Ballenger, H.J., McGrane, G., & Duckenfield, M. | 2018, National Drop-out Prevention Center

Cultivating STEM Achievement Among Boys of Color

Ballenger, H. J., Burg, T., & Jones, R.| 2016, International Colloquium on Black Males in Education

 Bone Tissue Engineering: An Interactive Design Module

Gilmore, J. A., Ballenger, H. J., & Burg, K. | 2016, Science Scope / NSTA

Engaging Middle Grades Students in Bioengineering Modules to Increase STEM Career Choice Indication

Gilmore, J. A., Ballenger, H. J., & Burg, K. | 2014, Institute for Biological Interfaces of Engineering (IBIOE) / Clemson University

Building Authentic Relationships, Revised Electronic Course

Ballenger, H.J., McGrane, G., & Duckenfield, M.| 2013, National Drop-out Prevention Center


  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
    Member | 2002 – Present
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
    Member, Program Committee | 2003 – Present
  • National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA)
    Member | 2006– Present


  • NSF – Quantitative & Computational Methods Fellow
  • UNCF – Faculty Fellow
  • African Scientific Institute Fellow
  • William Bouey Excellence in Research Award
  • I Am B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. Collaborator of the Year Award