Susan E. Johnson

Chair, Department of Education
Teacher Licensure Officer
Professor of Elementary Education
Susan E. Johnson

Prior to coming to Northwestern, Susan Johnson taught in several public and private elementary schools including the International School of Islamabad, Pakistan. She has more than 30 years of experience working in the fields of mathematics education and teacher education and has served as an adjunct graduate faculty member at the University of Minnesota. Her professional involvements at University of Northwestern have included teaching courses in mathematics education, supervising student teachers, developing new teacher education curricula and providing leadership in teacher education assessment and accreditation, as well as, the implementation of the Education Teacher Performance Assesment (edTPA).

Johnson has made refereed presentations in the fields of mathematics education and teacher education at both the state and national levels. Her professional leadership positions have included vice-president for mathematics education with the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) and private college representative to the executive committee of the Minnesota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE). She currently serves on the PEPER Redesign Committee of the Minnesota Board of Teaching which is focused on addressing thr program and institutional approval processes within the state of Minnesota. She received the University of Northwestern's Faculty Award for Outstanding Service in 2006 in recognition of her service within the institution, her service to the wider teacher community, and her service to the local community.

Specialty Areas

•    Elementary Mathematics
•    Preparation of Elementary Mathematics Teachers
•    Curriculum and Instruction
•    Teacher Education Assessment and Accreditation


Ph.D., University of Minnesota
M.A., University of Minnesota
B.A., Bethel College (MN)

Contact Information

Office: Nazareth Hall 3008
Phone: 651-631-5333