Dr. Johnson has had an extensive experiential background in K-12, Higher Education, Foundations, and Business. He has been an educator in Idaho, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Iowa, California, and Texas.
He has served as Director of Strategic Initiatives for Western Region Higher Education for Apple Computer, Inc., Cupertino, California working with governors and legislatures, university systems, chief state school officers, and educational associations in New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and California. He has also consulted with over 150 school districts, universities, and educational agencies of all sizes in the Midwest, Northwest, and Texas for program development and evaluation, technology planning, and technology integration. He and his two partners served as grant program developers and evaluators for the USWEST Foundation in Denver, establishing, funding and evaluating $30 million dollars in Educational Technology grant programs across as 25 state area over a six year period.
Dr. Johnson has served on the faculty and as department chair of Educational Leadership at Drake University, Eastern Washington, Pepperdine University, University of Alaska Anchorage, and recently (August, 2006) joined the Educational Leadership faculty at the University of Idaho, Boise Center. His latest books, book chapters and articles focus on change trends in higher education and how technological and economic forces are transforming higher education, or what he has termed the Wal-Martization of higher education.
Dr. Johnson has also served as a teacher, special education teacher, and school/district administrator in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and Texas. He holds life-time certificates for administration in Washington and Texas. He has both rural and sub-urban experience having served as the superintendent of a small rural school district in eastern Washington and Deputy Superintendent of a large suburban school district in Texas.
Recent research and projects
A study of the cost of higher education; the effect of local control in a globalized world; applications of complexity theory in educational leadership.
National Book Award: Dancing on the Glass Ceiling: Women, Leadership and Technology
National Book Award: Bridging the Gap: Leadership, Technology, and Organizational Change for Deans and Department Chairs
Challenges and opportunities of technology in higher education in Effective Practice for Academic Leaders
Johnson, M. Train Wreck: The Convergence of Accreditation, Access to Student Loan Funding, and USDOE’s Push to Regulate Higher Education. NMERA 2007. Recent University Service:
Co-chair of the University of Idaho Boise Center Technology Committee (2006-Present)
Member of the Boise Center Vice-President’s Cabinet (2006-Present)
Member of the Boise Center’s Strategic Planning Goals Committee (2006-2007)
Member of the University of Idaho College of Education’s Technology Committee (2006-Present)
Chair the University of Idaho Interactive Academic Media Sub-committee and serve on the Boise Center Vice-President’s administrative cabinet and technology committees (2006-2007)
Served on the University of Alaska Anchorage 12 person, Planning and Budget Committee that reviewed and recommended all University of Alaska Anchorage budgets (2004-2006)
Member of the University Technology Council reviewing all technology initiatives and evaluating technology programs and processes at the University of Alaska Anchorage (2003-2006)
Currently developing an Educational Leadership Program advising website to assist students and faculty (300 students typically enrolled in the program). http://web.me.com/drmikej/Ed_Leadership_Advising/Welcome.html
Also developed faculty training web pages for Elluminate Synchronous Voice-Over-IP Classroom software and the University of Idaho’s Blackboard web environment.
Recent Consultancies in Higher Education, K-12, and Business:
Consultant, Eastern and Western Kentucky State Universities, assisting them in the development of a doctoral program in Educational Leadership (Spring 2006)
Consultant, President’s Office, University of Alaska System, Online Mentoring Research Project (2005-2006)
Evaluation Consultant, Aleutian Region East School District, Emergency and Disaster Readiness Grant Project (2005-2006)
Evaluation Consultant, District Technology Grants, Anchorage School District, Anchorage Alaska (2002-2006).
Developed and marketed the first online doctoral program in Educational Administration for Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, trained faculty and recruited the first cohort, while teaching graduate courses in Pepperdine’s online Educational Technology doctoral program (2001-2002)
Prior to 2000 (1975-1999) Dr. Johnson also consulted with USWEST Foundation, Apple Computer, numerous school districts and state departments of education, and other education related organizations.
Johnson, M., Hanna, D., and Olcott, D. (EDs) (2003) Bridging the gap: Empowering leadership, technology and organizational change for dean and department chairs, Madison, WI: Atwood Publishing.
National Book Award: Bridging the gap: Empowering leadership, technology and organizational change for dean and department chairs received Honorable Mention in the Charles Wedemeyer National Book Award, presented at the national convention of the University
Continuing Education Association, April 16, 2004, in San Antonio, Texas. This award recognizes publications of merit that make significant contributions to research in the field of distance education.
Hanna, D. & Johnson, M. (2006). The challenges and opportunities of technology in higher education. In Delmont, T.J., & Secor, R. (Eds) Effective Practice for Academic Leaders. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.
Olcott, D. & Hardy, D. (2005). Dancing on the Glass Ceiling: Women, Leadership and Technology. (Chapter is entitled: Perspectives on Transformational Leadership and the Modern Glass Ceiling.) Madison, WI: Atwood Publishing. (National Book Award, Charles
National Book Award: Dancing on the Glass Ceiling: Women, Leadership and Technology received the Charles Wedemeyer National Book Award, presented at the national convention of the University Continuing Education Association, April 11, 2006, in San Diego, CA. (Dr. Johnson’s Chapter is entitled: Perspectives on Transformational Leadership and the Modern Glass Ceiling.)
Recent Juried International Conference Paper Presentations:
Johnson, M. (2008) Collateral Consequences of Globalization and the Growth of “For Profit” in Higher Education. Spokane, WA: 2008 International globalization, diversity, and education conference. February 28-March 1.
Johnson, M. (2007) Train Wreck: The Convergence of Accreditation, Access to Student Loan Funding, and USDOE’s Push to Regulate Higher Education. Jackson Hole, WY: Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association 24th annual Conference, October 4-6.
Johnson, M. & Joki, R. (2006) Global convergent-synchronicity: How colleges and programs might survive the wal-martization of higher education. Sun Valley, Idaho: Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association 24th annual Conference, October 11-14.
Johnson, M. & Page, A.G. (2005) Distance Education: The tipping point in the transformation of higher education. Vancouver, BC Canada: E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education, October 24-28.
Johnson, M. (2005) Practical concepts, examples and behaviors for leading successful departmental change. Orlando, FL: Academic Chairperson’s Conference. February.
Johnson, M. & Monahan, J. (2003) Calls from the wild—An online survey of educational administrators on the challenges of instructional reform. Honolulu, HI: Ed-Media World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia, and Telecommunications, June.
Johnson, M. (2003) Digital scholars: the effects of one-on-one wireless laptop computing on at-risk middle school students. Honolulu, HI: Ed-Media World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia, and Telecommunications, June.
Johnson, M, & Monahan, J. (2003) Boomerangs, zoomerangs, and polar bears: The data analysis challenges of using online survey instruments. Albuquerque, New Mexico: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education-SITE Conference. March.
Recent Practitioner Journal and Public Media Articles:
Johnson, M. (2008) Where is rural education? Perspectives Boise: Idaho Association of School Administrators. Vol. XXX, p. 7.
Johnson, M. (2007) Wal-Marization: The global economic and technological trends that have already changed everything, including school leadership, and we hardly even noticed. Perspectives. Boise: Idaho Association of School Administrators. Vol. XXIX, p. 4.
Johnson, M. (2008, March 26. 2008). The Wal-Martization of higher education: A very good idea – or a very bad one? Coeur d'Alene Press, p. A7.
Academic Honors and Awards
- Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Service to the Profession, presented by the Alaska Secondary Principal’s Association at their Annual Conference, October, 2006.
- National Book Award: Dancing on the Glass Ceiling: Women, Leadership and Technology received the Charles Wedemeyer National Book Award, presented at the national convention of the University Continuing Education Association, April 11, 2006, in San Diego, CA. (My Chapter is entitled: Perspectives on Transformational Leadership and the Modern Glass Ceiling.) Madison, WI: Atwood Publishing.
- National Book Award: Bridging the Gap: Leadership, Technology, and Organizational Change for Deans and Department Chairs, by Johnson, Hanna, and Olcott received Honorable Mention in the Charles Wedemeyer National Book Award, presented at the national convention of the University Continuing Education Association, April 16, 2004, in San Antonio, Texas. This award recognizes publications of merit that make significant contributions to research in the field of distance education (2004)
- Nominated for the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship, University of Alaska (2003)
- Education Impact Award (1999) awarded by Apple Computer, Inc., Cupertino, CA
- Elected to the faculty, University of California Irvine, Adjunct Lecturer, UC Irvine, UCLA, CSU-LA Joint Doctoral Program (1999)
- Technology Consultant & Research Fellow, Fondren Telemedicine Project, Houston Advanced Research Center, The Woodlands, TX (1997-98)
- Texas A&M College of Education, Educational Leadership Program Advisory Council (1996-97)
- Apple Computer National Advisory Council for Education (1995-97)
- Washington Council For Educational Administration Programs, elected secretary (1994-95)
- Governor's Council for Educational Reform, Washington State (1990-1992)
- Appointed by the Governor to the New American Schools National Grant Reading Panel (1992)
- Elected to executive board of Northwest Council for Computers in Education (NCCE) (1990-1992)
- Program Fellow: Center for Policy Research in Education, Stanford University (A consortium of Stanford, Harvard, Rutgers, University of Southern California, Michigan State, & University of Washington and state educational organizations) (1990-91)
- Forrest E. Connors National Scholarship Award, American Association of School Administrators (1980)
- Graduate Teaching Fellow, University of Oregon (1978-80)
- Graduate Research Assistant and Special Education Scholarship recipient, University of Idaho (1972-73)
- Vice President’s Research Fellowship, University of Idaho (1972-73)
Associate Professor and Department Chair (2002-2006)
Educational Leadership and Adult Education Department
University of Alaska Anchorage
The Educational Leadership (EDL) Department included Educational Leadership and Adult Education programs. The Educational Leadership program provides a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and certification endorsement for Alaska School Administrators (principals and superintendents). The program is a statewide program serving 400 graduate students spread across 587,000 miles of wilderness with 7 tenure-track and 2 term faculty positions. The Adult Education program serves over 100 Masters Degree students. As department chair am leading efforts to review, evaluate, revise both Educational Leadership and Adult Education programs.
The Ed Leadership program also worked with a programmer to develop an online ISSLC Standards-based portfolio system that all program students across the state use to collect and house their ISSLC standards activities, reflection papers, hour logs, and all internship artifacts and materials. The Ofolio system also includes an ISLLC self-analysis survey, where students rate their attainment of the ISLLC knowledge, dispositions, and performances at the start, during, and at the end of their program. The electronic portfolio system also keeps track of all student standards activities, vision statements, and time-logged by standard.
Organized Ed Leadership Programs first Constituent Review Committee comprised of statewide Alaska Educational Leaders. The committee’s role is to review the Ed Leadership Program’s academic programs and evaluation information and develop recommendations for program revision and development. Also developed and conduct an annual program evaluation survey of all the EDL principal mentors, alumni, and all Alaska superintendents of schools. The Constituent Review Council and EDL Program faculty use the annual survey results to initiate and guide program revisions and improvements.
Consultant, Visiting Professor, and Program Director
Doctoral Program in Educational Administration, Leadership, and Policy
Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Pepperdine University, Culver City, CA
Appointment involved developing the nation’s first partially online doctoral program in education administration: creating and marketing program, securing enrollment, providing faculty professional development, and creating partnerships with technology companies and other universities. Also taught in courses in the Educational Technology doctoral program.
Director of Strategic Initiatives for Higher Education
Apple Computer, Inc. Cupertino, California
Worked with the governor’s offices, legislatures, and educational and trade associations, foundations, and the university systems in western states focusing on California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada developing relationships and partnerships to improve educational technology for higher education. Developed and directed the annual Dean’s Summer Technology Institutes and Faculty Instructional Technology Institute. Served on regional educational committees, formed numerous grant and other partnership groups, and spoke frequently at state and national conferences on the digital revolution, the current state of educational technology, and the rapidly changing educational and societal landscape. Served on several boards and testified before different commissions and legislative committees: the Arizona Learning Technology Partnership, the California Business for Educational Excellence, the California Community College Foundation CEO Forum, the California Assembly and Senate Education Committees, California Technology Assistance Partnership, Smart Valley: Silicon Valley Planning Forum, and many others.
Technology Consultant and Deputy Superintendent for Instruction & Technology
Conroe Independent School District, Conroe, Texas
Served as the district technology consultant from 1992 to 1995, establishing long-term plan, contracts, and internal
project management functions and change processes for a comprehensive $40 million dollar district technology ten-year plan. Was hired as Deputy Superintendent in 1995. District has 5,000 employees, 43,000+ students, and a $500 million dollar annual operating budget. Took the district from punch-card/computer printouts MIS process to computerized student and financial accounting systems with paperless PO’s in 22 months. Established computer networks going from one print server network in administrative complex in 1994 to 250 LANs and a district-wide WAN (hybrid microwave and fiber ATM backbone) by 1997. Retrofitted and installed in all new construction a sophisticated classroom wiring plan (fiber, coax, and CAT 5). Developed comprehensive organizational change process to overcome resistance towards technology and change in MIS, Networking, and Instructional Technology. Installed and stabilized a complete student, financial, and management information systems in all 40 schools and in all support and administrative functions (semi-client server, DG boxes with Unix, Informix, and MIS application software.) Also personally lead development of library information technology services and professional development of all instructional staff and librarians.
Program and Evaluation Consultant and Researcher
USWEST Foundation, Denver Colorado
Established and evaluated four major educational technology initiatives across 25 state area: 1) 20 ten multimillion dollar higher education multimedia grants; 2) over a thousand small teacher team grants; 3) fourteen statewide multimillion dollar teacher Association/University networking grants; and 4) three hundred community nonprofit technology training grants. Co-executive producer/director/writer of two video productions on educational technology and its importance to education, communities, and the economy. Coauthored several evaluation research articles on the hundreds of technology projects across a 25 state area, with two of those articles being several page feature articles in Education Week.
Program Director and Associate Professor of Educational Administration
Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Washington
Returned to the Spokane area for family reasons and served as program director of Educational Administration. Appointed to the University Technology Committee. Also designed and wrote the first web pages for Colleges of Education at Eastern Washington and the University of Idaho. Served on several state technology committees, elected as secretary of Washington Council For Educational Administration Programs. Developed summer computer and science integration program (ISTEP: Idaho Science and Technology Education Program) in partnership with the University of Idaho and Idaho State Department of Education. Wrote and developed several grant projects.
Department Chair and Associate Professor of Educational Administration
Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa
Program included Masters, Specialist, and Doctorate degrees in Educational Administration and Adult Education. Developed cohort delivery programs and satellite (off campus) programs. Appointed to University Technology and Distance Learning Steering Committees. Elected by faculty to serve on School of Education Restructuring Committee. Taught doctoral courses in Administration (Education and Business) and on the use of technology in Instruction. Served on Iowa’s successful STAR Schools Challenge Grant panel. Served on State Interactive Video Steering Committee. First Drake faculty member to teach courses (doctoral level) over Iowa’s new two-way interactive television network. Established mobile computer labs and other multimedia distance learning innovations for off-campus programs.
Colton School District, Colton, Washington
Wrote grants for a total of $1.5 million which were awarded to the district over the five-year tenure in district. District was named 21st Century School District, designated as a working model for technology integration into teaching and learning. All major school districts and all universities in the five state area visited the district (over 1,500 people) to observe and learn more about technology integration. Passed bond levies at 88%. School board was selected as Washington State School Board of the Year and 5 of the 18 faculty were selected as state Christa McCullough teachers of the year. Served on Governor’s Council for Educational Reform with corporate and other statewide leaders. Invited to accompany Governor Gardner to brief President Bush (1991) on the restructuring education with technology. Appointed by governor to the New America Schools Corporation National Grant Reading Panel.
Prior to 1987
1984-87 Assistant Superintendent, Copper River School District Glennallen, AK
Special Education, Correspondence, and Federal Programs Director, installed district accounting computer system, represented school board in arbitrations and legal matters.
1980-84 Director of Management Services, Assoc. of Juneau, AK
Alaska School Boards
In charge of all school board conferences and training, developed database bargaining consortium, lobbied legislature and wrote legislative bulletin, directed board policy service and wrote board policy manuals.
1982-84 Adjunct Professor
University of Alaska, Juneau Juneau, AK
1978-80 Graduate Teaching Fellow
University of Oregon Eugene, OR
Alaska State Department of Ed. Juneau, AK
1976-78 Village Area Principal
Kodiak Island Borough Schools Kodiak, AK
1975-76 Regional Coordinator Alaska State Department of Ed. Juneau, AK
Alaska Federation of Natives Anchorage, AK
1974-76 Assist. Supt./Teacher
Dillingham City Schools Dillingham, AK
1973-74 Spec. Ed. Teacher/Psychologist
Alaska-State-Operated Schools Dillingham, AK
1972-73 Graduate Research Fellow
University of Idaho Moscow, ID
1971-72 7th Grade Teacher, all subjects Whitepine School District Troy, ID