Joseph F. Johnson Jr., Ph.D.
Dr. Joseph Johnson, PhD
In August 2005, Dr. Joseph Johnson became the Executive Director of the National Center for Urban School Transformation and the QUALCOMM Professor of Urban Education at San Diego State University.
Previously Dr. Johnson served as a classroom teacher in San Diego, as a school district administrator in New Mexico, as a state department official in both Texas and Ohio, as a researcher and technical assistance provider at the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas, and as the Director of Student Achievement and School Accountability at the U.S. Department of Education where he was responsible for directing the federal Title I Program.
Dr. Johnson earned a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin's Cooperative Superintendency Program.
He earned a Master of Arts in Education from San Diego State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh.
In 1987 Dr. Johnson
received the Special Educator of the Year Award
from the New Mexico Council for Exceptional Children
In 1989 he was the founding president of the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth.
In 1993 and again in 2000, he
received the Educator of the Year Award
from the Texas Association of Compensatory Education
In 2003 he
received the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award
from San Diego State University
's College of Education.