Dr. Christie W. Johnson is an assistant professor in the Department of Leadership, Research, and School Improvement in the College of Education at the University of West Georgia, where she teaches graduate-level courses in educational leadership. Prior to her work in higher education, Dr. Johnson served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent in Georgia public schools. She draws regularly from her professional background to enrich students' classroom experiences and enhance her research and service agendas. Her primary research interests center on efficacy for new and aspiring leaders, focusing on innovative technologies and research-based practices that support their professional growth.
Dr. Johnson serves on the editorial review board for the Journal of Global Educational Research and is an invited reviewer for the International Journal of Leadership in Education, a distinguished peer reviewed journal in which her work has been published. Her publications also appear in the Journal of School Leadership, Online Journal of Distance Learning Education, Journal of the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators, Strategies: A Journal for Sport and Physical Education Majors, The Sophists Bane, and peer-reviewed conference proceedings. Dr. Johnson has presented her work on using immersive simulations to increase leader efficacy to national and international professional audiences. She is currently researching the Plan Engage, Evaluate, Refine/Redirect (PEER) School Improvement model, a new method that she and a colleague developed to support the efficacy of principals in leading Professional Learning Communities to transform their schools.
Education / Degrees
- B.A., Journalism/Broadcast News, University of Georgia, 1980
- M.A., Middle Grades Education, West Georgia College, 1985
- Ed.S., Middle Grades Education, West Georgia College, 1992
- Certificate, Educational Leadership Certification, University of West Georgia, 1994
- Ed.D., School Improvement, Educational Leadership, University of West Georgia, 2006