Profile: Jerry Johnson
Dr. Jerry Johnson is Chair and Professor of Educational Leadership and the Lydia E. Skeen Endowed Chair in Education. A former English teacher and high school principal, he has taught in educational leadership programs for 15 years and served from 2003-2008 as policy research director for the Rural School and Community Trust, a national non-profit organization addressing the crucial relationship between good schools and thriving communities. The 2017 recipient of the Stanley A. Brzezinski Memorial Rural Education Research Award from the National Rural Education Association, his research has been supported by external funding from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute for Education Sciences, state departments of education, private foundations, and local school districts. Current leadership roles in professional organizations include serving as Associate Editor of the Journal of Research in Rural Education, Advisory Board Member for the Center for Community Schools, and Editorial Advisor to the journal Education Leadership Review – Doctoral Research. In addition to his work in the U.S., Dr. Johnson consults regularly with universities and ministries of education in the Middle East on leadership development and higher education reform initiatives.