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Jerry Johnson, Ed.D.


Program: Educational Leadership

Department: School of Teaching, Learning and Leadership

Office: ED 315U
Phone: 407-823-3278

Professional Summary

Dr. Jerry Johnson is Professor of Educational Leadership and Co-Director of the Institute for the Advancement of Research, Innovation, and Practice in Rural Education. The author of more than 50 publications, 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. Johnson’s work has been cited in state school finance litigation and legislation, and he has testified before state legislatures, presented research briefings on Capitol Hill, and contributed to the development of state and federal legislation and regulations regarding the funding and operation of public schools. Current leadership roles in professional organizations include serving as Associate Editor of the Journal of Research in Rural Education, as an Editorial Advisor to the journal Education Leadership Review – Doctoral Research, as an Advisory Board Member for the Collaborative for Teaching and Learning, and as President-Elect for the Florida Association of Professors of Educational Leadership. A former English teacher and high school principal, he has taught in educational leadership programs for 15 years and served from 2003-2007 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. 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 education reform initiatives.


Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership
Ohio University

Areas of Expertise

  • Rural Education
  • Educational Policy
  • Community-based Education

Research Interests

  • Rural Education Policy
  • Democratic Leadership
  • Place-based learning

Recent Publications

Johnson, J. , Godwyll, F., & Shope, S. (2016). The influence of grade span on student achievement in Florida: A quantitative investigation. International Journal of Education Reform, 25(4), 382-397.

Lochmiller, C.R., Adachi, E., Chesnut, C. E., & Johnson, J. (2016). Average retention, mobility, and attrition rates for classroom teachers and administrators in West Virginia: 2008/09 to 2011/12. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Regional Educational Laboratory-Appalachia. Retrieved from

Johnson, J. , & Zoellner, B. (2015). School funding and rural districts. In S. Williams & A. Grooms (Ed.S.). 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 analysis. Peabody Journal of Education, 90(2), 224-241.

Howley, C., Howley, A., & Johnson, J. (2014). Dynamics of social class, race, and place in rural education. Charlotte, NC: Information Age.

Current Funded Projects

Johnson, J., Primary Investigator (January 2017-June 2017). Planting Seeds for Inspiring Teaching: Understanding Educational Needs of Children in Farmworker Families through Service Learning (Exploratory Model Demonstration). College of Education and Human Performance: University of Central Florida. $9,627,622.00

Professional Organizations

  • American Educational Research Association
  • International Society for Educational Planning
  • American Evaluation Association
  • National Council of Professors of Educational Administration
  • Florida Association of Professors of Educational Leadership