Professor Johnson earned his Ph.D. at The Ohio State University-Columbus. Since 2006, he has taught Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary and Middle Grades and the graduate level seminar, Issues, Perspective, and New Directions: A Professional Seminar in Education. Professor Johnson offers a new course, Drama in Education, for undergraduate and graduate education majors. The course examines the process of structuring drama work as a medium for learning in the school curriculum.
Professor Johnson’s scholarship addresses critical pedagogy, experimental qualitative research methods, teacher preparation, and the curriculum integration of social studies and drama. He publishes in journals such as Qualitative Inquiry, Social Studies Research and Practice, Social Studies and the Young Learner, The Social Studies, Incite/Insight, and Curriculum and Teaching. His book contributions can be read in Dialogue and Difference in a Teacher Education Program, Even the Janitor is White: Educating for Cultural Diversity in Small Colleges and Universities, and Social Studies and Diversity Teacher Education: What We Do and Why.
In 2008-2010, Professor Johnson served as the program chair of section 7 in Division K: Teaching and Teacher Education for the American Educational Research Association. He was then appointed to the Research Advisory Committee for the 2011-2014 term. The committee of six members reflects, coordinates, and proposes initiatives to develop and strengthen the research-related capacity of AERA and its members.