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About Vivian Johnson

Vivian Johnson started teaching at Hamline in 1996. She was professor in the Advanced Degree and Administrative License program and served as the Associate Dean for the School of Education. She co-founded the EdD program along with Walter Enloe, Carol Mayer, and Barbara Swanson. Prior to Hamline her previous roles in higher education included Science Coordinator, Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN; Assistant Professor, Montana State University in Bozeman, MT; and Planning Coordinator Minnesota Educational Computer Corporation (MECC)/University of Minnesota Center for the Study of Educational Technology in St. Paul, MN. Before entering higher education Johnson used an alternative route to become a high school physics/computer science teacher. Johnson received her BA from the University of Colorado, her MAT from Monmouth University, and an MS and PhD from the University of Oregon. Her teaching philosophy is grounded in the power of transformation learning and creating inclusive learning environments, especially for traditionally marginalized populations in STEM. Johnson is noted for her leadership in the areas of educational technology, educational equity, and digital sexism.


2013 - Present Associate Dean, Hamline University
1996 - Present Associate Professor, M.A.Ed. and Ed.D. Programs, Hamline University
2011 - 2013 Associate Dean, Technology and Learning, Hamline University
1991 - 1996 Science Coordinator, Augsburg College
1990 - 1991 Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, Montana State University-Bozeman
1988 - 1990 Planning Coordinator, Minnesota Educational Computer Corporation (MECC) / University of Minnesota Center for the Study of Educational Technology
1986 - 1988 Research Assistant, University of Oregon ‐ Computer Integrated Instruction Project (National Science Foundation Project No. TEI-8550558, principal investigator Dr. David Moursund
1986 - 1987 Instructor, University of Oregon ‐ Continuation Center
1976 - 1985 Science/Computer Science Teacher, Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School
1974 - 1975 Electron Microscopist, University of Colorado Medical School


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Honors and Awards

  • Hamline University Graduate School 2001 Teacher of the Year


  • Educational Organizations (EdD)
  • Foundations of Education (EdD)
  • Frameworks of Inquiry (EdD)
  • The Classroom (EdD)
  • The Learning Organization (EdD)
  • Philosophy of Education (EdD)
  • Social Science Writing (EdD)
  • Action Research (MAEd)
  • Designing Effective Learning Environments (MAEd)
  • Capstone Practicum (MAEd)
  • Explorations: Reflection, Community Building, and Constructivism (MAEd)
  • Teaching and Learning (MAEd)
  • Foundations of American Education (MAEd)
  • Research Forum (MAEd)
  • Social Justice and Equity (MAEd)
  • Teaching Math and Science for All Learners (MAEd)
  • Action Research (Graduate Continuing Studies)
  • Assessing Technology Enhanced Learning (Graduate Continuing Studies)
  • Curriculum Integration Using Technology, Part 1 (Graduate Continuing Studies)
  • Curriculum Integration Using Technology, Part 2 (Graduate Continuing Studies)
  • Using Technology to Create Community (Graduate Continuing Studies)
  • What's Next: The Cutting Edge (Graduate Continuing Studies)
  • Elementary Math and Science Methods (College of Education)


1988 Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Oregon
1986 M.S., Computer Science Education, University of Oregon
1980 M.A.T., Comprehensive Secondary Science, Monmouth College
1974 B.A., Biology, University of Colorado, Denver

Contact Information

Office: West Hall 235
Phone: 651-523-2432


Publications (21)

National Presentations (30)