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Dr. Joseph F. Johnson, Jr.

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Dr. Joseph F. Johnson, Jr.

Dean of the College of Education
San Diego State University

Dr. Johnson is the Dean of the College of Education at San Diego State University, which is ranked as one of the 50 best colleges of education among public colleges and universities. He also serves as the Executive Director of the National Center for Urban School Transformation and the QUALCOMM Professor of Urban Education at San Diego State University. At NCUST, he identifies, studies, and promotes the best practices of high-performing urban schools and districts. Specifically, NCUST identifies urban schools that achieve outstanding academic results for every demographic group of students they serve. They award and study those schools and then help other schools pursue similar results. Previously, he served as a teacher in Southeast San Diego, as a school and district administrator in New Mexico, as a state department official in both Texas and Ohio, as a researcher at the University of Texas, and as a Senior Executive Service Director at the US Department of Education where he led the nation’s largest federal elementary and secondary education programs. He earned a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Texas, a master’s degree at San Diego State University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh. He has received outstanding educator awards in both New Mexico and Texas. He has published multiple articles, book chapters, and reports. His latest work is a new book authored with his wife and colleague, Dr. Cynthia L. Uline, and the Associate Director of NCUST, Dr. Lynne Perez. The book, Teaching Practices from America’s Best Urban Schools describes teaching practices in urban schools that achieve outstanding results for diverse populations of students. Drs. Johnson and Uline have three adult daughters who have graduated from college and are pursuing careers related to computer programming/information science, museum education, and social work.