Dustin Johnson

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Dustin Johnson
Chair and Associate Professor of Leadership Studies
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
  • Appalachian State University - Master of School Administration
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro - B.S. in Elementary Education with History Minor

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Dustin Johnson, former teacher and middle school principal, received his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In  2008 he received the Patrick W. and Joanne R. Carlton Award for dissertation research in educational leadership. Dr. Johnson has served as coordinator of both the middle grades and educational leadership programs.


Recent publications include,  Instructional Program Coherence as a Possible Link to Increased Student Achievement in North Carolina Middle Schools which appeared in the North Carolina Middle School Journal and Examining the Relationship between Grade Configuration and Teachers’ Perceptions of Working Conditions in North Carolina Schools  which was published in the American International Journal of Contemporary Research. Since joining the faculty in 2008, Dr. Johnson has delivered multiple presentations including the Eastern Educational Research Association Annual Conference, the North Carolina Middle School Conference, the Leadership Program for Aspiring Principals (LPAP),  the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA)  in Washington, D.C.,  as well as the National Professors of Middle Level Education Research Symposium. At the NCPEA conference in Washington, D.C., Dr. Johnson discussed the benefits of developing a School Executive cohort model that is based on the Professional Learning Community (PLC) conceptual framework. This model has been effectively implemented in the School Executive Leadership program at High Point University.


Dr. Johnson’s research interests include collaborative leadership, professional learning communities,  middle level leadership, school  climate and  culture, and  instructional program coherence in the middle grades. He is licensed in several areas, including School Administration (K-12),  Elementary  Education (K-6) and Middle Grades Language Arts/ Social Studies (6-9).