Jerry Johnson is the Lydia E. Skeen Endowed Professor in Education and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership at Kansas State University. His department includes graduate programs in both K-12 educational leadership and adult education, including programs that are offered on-site in rural communities throughout the state.
A former English teacher and high school principal, Johnson 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 on Great Teachers and Leaders, and Editorial Advisor to the journal Education Leadership Review – Doctoral Research.
In addition to his work in the U.S., Johnson consults regularly with universities and ministries of education in the Middle East on leadership development and higher education reform initiatives.
Recent Rural Publications:
Showalter, D. Johnson, J., & Hartman, S. (In Press). Why rural matters 2018-18: The time is now. Washington, DC: The Rural School and Community Trust.
Ohlson, M., Johnson, J., Shope, S., & Rivera, J. (2018). The essential three (e3): A university partnership to meet the professional learning needs of rural schools. Rural Educator, 39(2), 3-12.
Johnson, J., Ohlson, M., & Shope, S. (2018). Demographic changes in rural America and the implications for special education programming: A descriptive and comparative analysis. Rural Special Education Quarterly, 37(2), 140-149.
Johnson, J., & Zoellner, B. (2015). School funding and rural districts. In S. Williams & A. Grooms (Eds.). The politics of educational opportunity in rural contexts. (pp. 3-20). Charlotte, NC: Information Age.
Johnson, J. & Howley, C.B. (2015). Contemporary federal education policy and rural schools: A critical policy analysis. Peabody Journal of Education, 90(2), 224-241.
Howley, C., Johnson, J., Passa, A., & Uekawa, K. (2014). College enrollment and persistence in rural Pennsylvania schools. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Regional Education Laboratory-Mid Atlantic. Retrieved from http://1.usa.gov/1riLnVV.
Howley, C., Howley, A., & Johnson, J. (2014). Dynamics of social class, race, and place in rural education. Charlotte, NC: Information Age.