Areas of Expertise
Rural Education, Educational Policy, Educational Equity, Democratic Education and Leadership, Place-Based and Community-Based Learning.
Ed.D. (Educational Administration), Ohio University, 2005.
M.A. (English Language and Literature), Eastern Kentucky University, 1991.
B.A. (Political Science), Eastern Kentucky University, 1989.
Dr. Jerry Johnson is a former high school English teacher and principal, and has taught in educational leadership programs for 12 years. From 2003-2008, he was policy research director for the Rural School and Community Trust (www.ruraledu.org), a national non-profit organization addressing the crucial relationship between good schools and thriving communities. Dr. Johnson has published widely in the areas of rural education, educational policy, school leadership, and educational equity/achievement gap issues. His research has been cited in state school finance litigation and legislation, and he has testified before state legislative committees and presented research briefings on Capitol Hill. In addition to his work in the U.S., Dr. Johnson consults regularly with universities in Jordan and Saudi Arabia on leadership development and education reform initiatives.
Distinguished Faculty Scholarship/Research Award (Ohio University College of Education), 2008-09.
Outstanding Scholarship Award (Eastern Kentucky University), 2007-08.
Member, American Educational Research Association
Member, National Council of Professors of Educational Administration
Member, Florida Association of Professors of Educational Leadership
Affiliated Researcher, Mid-Atlantic Regional Education Laboratory (REL-Mid Atlantic)
Senior Research Consultant, CNA Inc.
Principal Consultant, The Rural School and Community Trust
Advisory Board Member, Collaborative for Teaching and Learning
Publications & Presentations
Recent peer-reviewed publications:
Reynolds, S. Johnson, J., & Salzman, J. (2012). Screening for learning disabilities in Adult Basic Education students. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 25(2), 179-95.
Johnson, J., Hitchcock, J., & Henning, J. (2011). Collective case study methodology as a tool for program piloting: Implications for planning and implementation. In T.C. Chan & G.I. Earthman (Eds.). 2011 Yearbook of the International Society for Educational Planning. Alexandria, VA: ISEP.
Larson, W., Hostiuck, K., & Johnson, J. (2011). Using physiological metaphors to understand and lead organizations. International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 6(4). Retrieved from http://cnx.org/content/m41732/latest/.
Howley, A., Showalter, D., Howley, M.D., Howley, C.B., Klein, R., & Johnson, J. (2011). Challenges for place-based mathematics pedagogy in rural schools and communities in the United States. Children, Youth, and Environments, 21(1). Retrieved from http://www.colorado.edu/journals/cye.
Johnson, J., Huffman, T., Madden, K., & Shope, S. (2011). Superintendent turnover in Kentucky. (Issues & Answers Report, REL 2011-No. 113). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Regional Education Laboratory Appalachia. Retrieved from http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs.
Johnson, J. & Reynolds, S. (2011). Innovative teaching and learning strategies for leadership in context: A rural example. International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 6(3). Retrieved from http://cnx.org/content/m35741/latest/.
Howley, C., Johnson, J., & Petrie, J. (2011). Consolidation of schools and districts: What the research says and what it means. Boulder, CO: National Education Policy Center. Retrieved from http://nepc.colorado.edu/publication/consolidation-schools-districts.
Levin, J., Manship, K., Chambers, J., Johnson, J., & Blankenship, C. (2011). Do schools in rural and nonrural districts allocate resources differently? An analysis of spending and staffing patterns in the West Region states. (Issues & Answers Report, REL 2011 – No. 099). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance. Retrieved from http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs.
Klein, R., & Johnson, J. (2010). On the use of locale in understanding the mathematics achievement gap. In P. Brosnan (Ed.), Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. October 28-31, 2010, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
Johnson, J., Hess, M., Larson, W., & Wise, J. (2010). Capital ideas: Understanding various forms of capital and their implications for the work of educational leaders. International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 5(4). Retrieved from http://cnx.org/content/m35741/latest/.
Hess, M., & Johnson, J. (2010). Teacher perceptions of administrative support for democratic practice: Implications for leadership and policy. Academic Leadership, 8(2). Retrieved from http://www.academicleadership.org.
Johnson, J., & Hess, M. (2010). Cultivating space for democratic education and democratic leadership. International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 5(2). Retrieved from http://cnx.org/content/m34193/latest/.
May, D., Johnson, J., Chen, Y., Wallace, L., & Ricketts, M. (2010). Exploring parental aggression toward teachers in a public school setting. Current Issues in Education, 13(1). Retrieved from http://cie.asu.edu/ojs/index.php/cieatasu/article/view/339.
Johnson, J., Shope, S., & Roush, J. (2009). Toward a responsive model for educational leadership in rural Appalachia: Merging theory and practice. Education Leadership Review, 10(2), 93-103.
Johnson, J., Thompson, A., & Naugle, K. (2009). Place-conscious capacity-building: A systemic model for the revitalization and renewal of rural schools and communities through university-based regional stewardship. Rural Society, 19(3), 178-88.
Other recent publications:
Johnson, J., Malhoit, G., & Shope, S. (2012). Rural-specific strategies and concerns in the budget process. School Business Affairs, 78(3), 24-26.
Strange, M. Johnson, J., Showalter, D., & Klein, R. (2012). Why rural matters 2011-12: The condition of rural education in the 50 states. Washington, DC: The Rural School and Community Trust. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No ED528634).
Strange, M., Harrison, L., Johnson, J. Lambert, R., Mahaffey, R., & McCullough, P. (2011). Taking advantage: The rural competitive preference in the Investing in Innovation program. Arlington, VA: The Rural School and Community Trust. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No ED515580).
Johnson, J., Strange, M., & Madden, K. (2010). The rural dropout problem: An invisible achievement gap. Arlington, VA: The Rural School and Community Trust (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No ED516681).
Johnson, J. & Strange, M. (2009). Why rural matters 2009: State and regional challenges and opportunities. Arlington, VA: The Rural School and Community Trust. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No ED516650).
Strange, M., Johnson, J., & Finical, A. (2009). Many children left behind: How Title I weighted grant formulas favor the few at the expense of the many in Pennsylvania. Arlington, VA: The Rural School and Community Trust. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No ED504956).
Johnson, J., & Strange, M. (2009). An Analysis of the Impacts of the AIR Funding Formula Proposal on New Mexico School Districts. Arlington, VA: The Rural School and Community Trust. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No ED504443).