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Eileen Johnson is a professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership and is Director of Global Initiatives in the School of Education and Human Services.  She teaches graduate courses in research methods, program evaluation, learning theory, and philosophical/ethical issues in educational leadership.  Her current research interests include development of leadership aspiration among women in leadership, personal epistemology and its impact on leadership, and global issues in education.  She is a two-time Fulbright scholar, with scholarships to teach/conduct research at University of Lapland in Finland (2006) and Japan Women’s University in Tokyo, Japan (2012).

Courses Taught

  • Philosophical and Ethical Issues in Leadership
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Learning Theories and Psychological Issues in Education

Professional Interests

  • Leadership Aspiration among Women
  • Global Issues in Education
  • Supervision of Graduate Students
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Selected Publications

Beyer, B. M., & Johnson, E.S. (2014). Special programs & services in schools:  Creating options, meeting needs (2nd Ed). Lancaster, PA: Pro-Active Publications. http://www.destechpub.com/index.php?fuseAction=catalogs.viewItem&catalogID=1&catalogLevelID=&catalogItemID=286

Johnson, E.S. (2014).  Educational leadership in top performing nations: A critical exploration. In S. Harris & J. Mixon (Eds.), Building cultural community through global educational leadership.  Ypsilanti, MI:  NCPEA Publications. http://www.ncpeapublications.org/index.php/component/hikashop/product/21-building-cultural-community-through-global-educational-leadership?Itemid=121

Johnson, E.S., Timmer, A., Chandler, D.E., & Toy, C. R. (2013).  Matched vs. episodic mentoring:  An exploration of the process and outcomes for law school students engaged in professional mentoring.   Legal Education Review 23(1). http://www.ler.edu.au/Volume%2023/Johnson,%20Chandler%20&%20Toy.pdf

Johnson, E.S. (2008).  Ecological systems, complexity, and student learning: Toward an alternative model of accountability in education. Complicity: International Journal of Complexity and Education. 


  • President-Elect:  National Council for Professors of Educational Administration (2015-2016)
  • Chair:  Committee on Appointments and Tenure (2014)
  • Senate and Senate Steering Committee (2013 – 2015)

Department of Organizational Leadership

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456 Pioneer Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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Educational Leadership
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Human Resource Development
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