Professor of English and Linguistics
Kennesaw State University
Department of English
440 Bartow Avenue
Kennesaw, GA 30144|
1994 – 1999 Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics (Purdue University)
1992 – 1994 Master of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature (Texas A&M University)
1986 – 1990 Bachelor of Arts in Theology and minor in Spanish (University of Dallas)
1999 – present Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia
Professor of English, 2010-present
Associate Professor of English 2004-2010
Assistant Professor of English 1999-2004
2008 – 2014 Founder and Director Kennesaw State University’s Intensive English Program Center
1994 - 1999 Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Graduate Teaching Assistant for Spanish, Linguistics, ESL
1997 – 1999 Director, ESL School at Married Student Housing, Purdue University
1995 Tyler Junior College, Tyler, Texas
1994 Blinn Community College, College Station, Texas
1992 – 1994 Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Graduate Teaching Assistant for Spanish
1993 Universidad del Cibao, La Vega, Dominican Republic
Visiting Instructor of ESL
1990 – 1992 Bishop Dunne High School, Dallas, Texas
High School Teacher/Coach
HONORS and AWARDS
Outstanding Online Teaching Award (2021) Kennesaw State University
Distinguished Teaching Award (2007) Kennesaw State University
Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award (2006) Kennesaw State University
Distinguished Service Award (2013) Kennesaw State University
Distinguished Professor Award (2014) College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Outstanding Online Teaching Award (2021) College of Humanities and Social Sciences
KSU Scholarship Foundation Prize Finalist (2009) College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Distinguished Service Award (2013) College of Humanities and Social Sciences
TEACHING, SUPERVISION, & MENTORING
COURSES TAUGHT AT KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY
1. ENGL 1101 English Composition
2. ENGL 1102 English Composition
3. ENGL 2210 World Literature
4. ENGL 2270 English Grammar
5. ENGL 2271 Presentation in the English/Language Arts Classroom
6. LING 3025 Linguistics and Education
7. LING 3030 Studies in Grammar and Linguistics
8. LING 3035 Introduction to Linguistics
9. LING 3045 The Grammar of Contemporary American English
10. LING 3040 History of the English Language
11. LING 3260 Grammar for Teachers
Foreign Language Department
12. SPAN 1001 Introduction to Spanish I
13. SPAN 1002 Introduction to Spanish II
Master’s in Professional Writing
14. PRWR 6750 Teaching ESL Writing
15. PRWR 6760, World Englishes
Special Education Department (now Inclusive Education)
16. EDUC 7782 Applied Linguistics for the ESOL Teacher
17. EDUC 7783 Materials and Methods for the ESOL Teacher
Master’s in English Education
18. ENGL 7731 Language Studies in English
College of Business
19. American Culture for International MBA Students
STUDENT SUPERVISION AT KSU
All thesis work was in the MAPW program and all were co-chaired
Nikki Lyu’s M.A. committee (2013)
Michael Hutchinson’s M.A. committee (2011)
Donald Gammil’s M.A. committee (2009)
Wanda Hullender M.A. committee (2008)
Sonya Folwer’s M.A. committee (2007)
Alla Umaniskiy’s M.A. committee (2007)
Ida Loudermilk’s MA committee (2006)
Pam Reynold’s MA committee (2005)
Jeannie Parker’s MA committee (2005)
Peggy Corbett’s MA committee (2003)
Maren Blake’s MA committee (2002)
Susan Cochran’s MA committee (2000)
Dhanashree Thorat (2010)
Jolene Smith (2000)
Kristen Roberson – Honors Credit for LING 3035 (2018)
Samantha White – Senior Project (2016)
Johnson, D. (2008). How Myths about Language Affect Education: What Every Teacher Should Know. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press
Refereed Journal Articles:
Johnson, D. and Priestley, J. (2022). A ‘Sanctified’ Language: A Sociolinguistic Study of the Perception of Latin and its Role in the Mass for American Catholics. Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion, 18 (8), 1-29.
Johnson, D. (2020). Irish Accents are Cool, Valley Girl Accents are So Annoying: Voice actors and accent considerations for recorded lectures in online linguistics courses. Southern Journal of Linguistics, 44 (2), 53-72.
Cox, J. and Johnson, D. (2020). The Linguistic Deception of the Phrase Best Practices: A Critical Analysis of Articles Discussing “Best” Practices in Online Learning. Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 23(1).
Johnson, D. (2019). Easy Preparation for Online Courses: Why Professors as Educators Should be Anxious About Becoming Non-Essential. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 51(1), 7-13.
Johnson, D. (2018). A Linguistic Analysis of the Word Pain in the Age of American Secularism. Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion, 14 (9).
Johnson, D. (2017). Teaching Naked: Linguistics without Technology. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 21(2), 4-11.
Johnson, D. (2016). The Andy Griffith Show and Non-Standard English: Social Influences on Dialect Features in an Appalachian-Based Television Show. Southern Journal of Linguistics, 40(1), 68-91.
Johnson, D. and Palmer, C. (2015) Comparing Student Assessments and Perceptions of Online and Face-to-Face Versions of an Introductory Linguistics Course. Online Learning,19(2), 33-50.
Johnson, D. and VanBrackle, L. (2012) Linguistic Discrimination in Writing Assessment: How Raters React to African American “Errors,” ESL Errors, and Standard English Errors on a State-Mandated Writing Exam. Assessing Writing, 17(1), 35-54.
Johnson, D. (2008). Review of American Dialects. Conference on College Composition and Communication, 59, 548-556.
Johnson, D. (2005). "It’s not what we expected!” A Case Study of Adult Learner Views on ESL Pedagogy. TESL Reporter, 38, 1-13.v
Johnson, D. (2005). Teaching Culture in Adult ESL: Pedagogical and Ethical Considerations. TESL-EJ, 9.
Johnson, D. (2004) Literature and English Language Learners: An ESL Approach that Decolonizes English. The Signal Journal 27, 15-18.
Johnson, D. and Johnson, P. (2002). ESOL Literacy and the Indian Experience. TESOL in Action. Summer/Fall 2002.
Berns, M., Johnson, D., et al. (1999). Hegemonic Discourse Revisited. International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 9, 138-141.
Berns, B., Johnson, D., et al. (1998) Re-experiencing Hegemony: The Linguistic Imperialism of Robert Phillipson. International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 8, 271-282.
Non-Refereed Journal Articles:
Johnson, D. (2000). The Culturally Savvy Minute: Integrating Technology, Culture and Writing in the ESL Composition Class. TESOL Journal, 9, 30-31.
Johnson, D. (1996) A Language Learning Excursion: Making Communication Central in the Community College Classroom. Hispania, 79, 860-862.
Cooks, M. & Johnson, D. (1995). Video Manual for Spanish 101-103. Orlando: Harcourt Brace.
Refereed Chapters in Books:
Berns, M., Johnson, D. et al. (2003). Re-experience Hegemony: The Linguistic Imperialism of Robert Phillipson and Hegemonic Discourse Revisited. In B. Seidlhofer (Ed.), Controversies in Applied Linguistics. Oxford: University of Oxford Press.
Refereed Course Development
Johnson, D. (2022). Introduction to Language and Linguistics. Distinguished Course Repository. Kennesaw State University.
Johnson, D. (2021). [Review of the book The Business of Words: Wordsmiths, Linguists, and Other Language Workers edited by Edited by Crispin Thurlow.] American Speech. 96(3): 390-394.
Johnson, D. (2017). [Review of the book Teen Talk: The Language of Adolescents. S. Tagliamonte.] American Speech. 92(1): 81-86.
Johnson, D. (2011). [Review of the book The Psychology of Second Language Acquisition, by Z. Dornyei.] TESOL Quarterly, 45, 199-201.
Johnson, D. (2005). [Review of the book Vocabulary Myths: Applying Second Language Research to Classroom Teaching, by K. Folse]. TESL-EJ, 8.
Johnson, D. (2003). [Review of the book Treatment of Error in Second Language Student Writing, by D. Ferris]. CATESOL, 15, 183-4.
Johnson, D. (2003). [Review of the book Literature-based Instruction with English Language Learners, by N. Hadaway, S. Vardell, & T. Young]. TESOL Quarterly, 37, 187-189.
Johnson, D. (2001). [Review of the book Linguistic Genocide in Education or Worldwide Diversity and Human Rights? by T. Skutnabb-Kangas]. TESOL Quarterly, 35, 345-347.
Johnson, D. (2001). [Review of the book Resisting Linguistic Imperialism in English Language Teaching, by A. Suresh Canagarajah]. Applied Linguistics, 22, 134-136.
Refereed Conference Presentations:
Johnson, D. Linguistic Attitudes Among Catholics Toward Latin at Catholic Masses: a Sociolinguistic and Sociocultural Study. (May 2021). Southeastern Conference on Linguistics.
Johnson, D. and Cox, J. The Rhetorical Tyranny and Linguistic Oddity of the Phrase “Best Practices” in Academia. (June 2019). Southeastern Conference on Linguistics. Boca Raton, Florida.
Johnson, D. Transgressing Linguistic Boundaries: A Corpus-based Study on Religion’ Restrictive Influence on the Frequency of Pain Language in American English. (April 2018). Southeastern Conference on Linguistics. Blacksburg, Virginia.
Johnson, D. Voice Actors and Online Linguistics Courses: A Somewhat Perfect Match.(February 2018). Kennesaw State University’s Online Learning Conference. Kennesaw, Georgia.
Johnson, D. Comparing Online and Face-to-Face Versions of an Introductory Linguistics Course for ESL Teachers. (October 2014). Georgia TESOL. Athens, Georgia.
Johnson, D. Administrative Announcements to IEP Students Using Technology. (February 2013). Annual IEP Conference. Atlanta, Georgia.
Johnson, D. Roundtable on Intensive English Programs. (November 2012). Georgia TESOL. Atlanta, GA.
Johnson, D. Which “Annoys” Raters More? Second Language Writing Errors or Non-standard Dialect Writing Errors? (May 2010). Symposium on Second Language Writing. Murcia, Spain.
Johnson, D. The Southern Accent: A Model for ESL Students? (September 2009).Southeast Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. Atlanta, GA.
Johnson, D. Acceptance and Rejection of the English Dialect of the American South: Social and Pedagogical Implications. (August 2008). International Association of Applied Linguistics. Essen, Germany.
Johnson, D. Dialect issues in English Language Instruction. (March 2007). National TESOL. Seattle, WA.
Johnson, D. Analyzing Student Perceptions of Technology and Vocabulary Improvement. (March 2007). Georgia TESOL. Atlanta, GA.
Johnson, D. Dispelling Language Learning Myths in Society. (February 2006). Georgia TESOL. Atlanta, GA.
Cope, J. and Johnson, D. Adolescent Literature and the ELL: Breaking Boundaries. (February 2006). KSU’s Conference on ESOL. Kennesaw, GA
Johnson, D. Are There Rules in Vocabulary Teaching? (September 2005). Southeastern TESOL. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Johnson, D. Reflections on Resistance: Why World Englishes is Problematic for Teachers. (July 2005). International Association of World Englishes. West Lafayette, Indiana.
Johnson, D. What Should We Do and Not Do about Vocabulary? (March 2005). Georgia Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages. Atlanta, GA.
Holzman, J. and Johnson, D. Affecting Hispanic School Success Through Teacher Education. (March 2003). International Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages. Baltimore, Maryland.
Holzman, J. and Johnson, D. Impacting Hispanic School Success Through Teacher Education. (January 2003). National Association of Bilingual Educators. New Orleans, Louisiana.
Johnson, D. The persistence of language myths: Political and pedagogical implications for the ESL and mainstream English class. (November 2002). National Council of Teachers of English. Atlanta, Georgia.
Holzman, J. and Johnson, D. An Innovative Approach to ESL Endorsement. (September 2002). Southeastern TESOL. Atlanta, Georgia.
Cope, J. and Johnson, D. Using adolescent literature to help ESL students learn content and 3 culture while helping native speakers learn the cultures of their new classmates. (April 2002). International Reading Association. San Francisco, California.
Su, S. (Chair), Johnson, D., Sasaki, M., and Woodal, B. Foreign language writing: Extending the scope of L2 writing research. (April 2002). American Association of Applied Linguistics. Salt Lake City, Utah.
Holzman, J., Johnson, D. and Rast, L. Impacting Hispanic school success. (February 2002). Annual America's at-Risk Youth National FORUM. Clemson, South Carolina.
Blake, M., Culpepper, Y., and Johnson, D. Feedback to ESL Writers: What we tell them and what they hear. (February 2002). Kennesaw State University's ESOL Conference. Kennesaw, Georgia.
Cope, J. and Johnson, D. Using adolescent literature and ESL teaching strategies for fostering understanding between native and non-native English speakers. (March 2001). National Council of Teachers of English. Birmingham, Alabama.
Johnson, D. Linguistic imperialism in the K-12 ESL classroom. (March 2001). Georgia TESOL. Atlanta, Georgia.
Johnson, D. Adult learners' view of ESL pedagogy. (March 2001). International Teachers of Speakers of Other Language. St. Louis, Missouri.
Johnson, D. Reconsidering the unthinkable: Process writing and the foreign language classroom. (September 2000). Symposium on Second Language Writing. West Lafayette, Indiana.
Johnson, D. Pedagogical and ethical considerations in teaching American culture to international MBA students. (August 2000). Coles College of Business Brown Bag Series (Kennesaw State University). Kennesaw, Georgia.
Johnson, D. and Thornton, E. The seamless transition: Avoiding a deficit model for ESL writers. (May 2000). Georgia TESOL. Athens, Georgia.
Johnson, D., Thornton, E. and Zimmerman, B. A triad: English, business and culture for international MBA students. (April 2000). Conference of the Americas. Savannah, Georgia.
Johnson, D. It's not what they asked for: Attrition and the adult ESL classroom. (October 1999). TexTESOL. Houston, Texas.
Johnson, D. Teaching culture in the ESL classroom: Who decides what to teach? (November 1998). National Council of Teachers of English. Nashville, Tennessee.
Johnson, D. Indian English: How secondary schools approach English teaching in Kerala, India. (November 1997). Indiana TESOL. Indianapolis, Indiana.
Johnson, D. A profile of an adult ESL program. (November 1997). Indiana TESOL. Indianapolis, Indiana.
Johnson, D. Entre la utopia y la transcendencia: Rodo y la sociedad Ideal. (February 1993). Southwest Conference on Latin American Studies. College Station, Texas.
Johnson, D. Uncomfortable Discussions and Integrity in the Science of Linguistics: What to do in Introductory Linguistics Courses? (April 2021). Georgia Gwinnett College. Talks in Linguistics.
Johnson, D. and VanBrackle, L. A Study in Linguistic Discrimination: How Raters React to Writing Errors from Speakers of African American English, of ESL, and of Standard American English on a State-Mandated Writing Exam. Math Talk, Kennesaw State University. January 2011
KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY
- Member, Distance Learning Advisory Committee, 2020-2022
- Member, Faculty Development and Awards Committee, 2013-2016
- Member, Special University Tenure and Promotion Committee, 2015-2016
- Chair, Special University Tenure and Promotion Committee, 2014-2015
- Chair, Faculty Development and Award Committee, 2014-2015
- Founder and Director of Intensive English Program, 2008 – 2014
- Member Athletics Board, 2010-2013
- Member of International Admissions Search Committee, Summer 2009
- Chair, Faculty Development and Awards Committee, 2008-2009
- Member of University Faculty Development and Awards Committee, 2007-2010
- Member of the Library Committee, 2007
- Member of Faculty Excel, 2001-2002, 2003
- Participant in Conversation Partners for ESL Students, 1999
- Member, College of Humanities and Social Science Curriculum Committee, 2021-2022.
- Member of Joint Promotion and Tenure Committee (English and IDS), 2019-2020
- Member, College of Humanities and Social Sciences Awards Committee, 2019-2020
- Chair, College of Humanities and Social Sciences Awards Committee, 2018-2019
- Member of College of Humanities and Social Sciences Tenure and Promotion Committee, 2018-2019
- Grade Appeals Panel, Summer 2017
- Presentation (How to Use Powtoons) to KSU Faculty enrolled in CHSS “How to Build a Web Course” Feb 22, 2016
- Presentation (How to Use Powtoons) to KSU Faculty enrolled in CHSS “How to Build a Web Course” September 21, 2015
- Member of College of Humanities and Social Sciences Tenure and Promotion Committee, 2016-2017
- Chair, College of Humanities and Social Sciences Tenure and Promotion Committee, 2015-2016
- Chair, College of Humanities and Social Sciences Tenure and PromotionCommittee, 2014-2015
- Member of College of Humanities and Social Sciences Tenure and Promotion Committee, 2013 – 2014
- Member of College of Humanities and Social Sciences Tenure and Promotion Committee, 2010-2011
- Evaluated English of International Faculty for Communication Department, 2010
- Chair of College of Humanities and Social Sciences Tenure and Promotion Committee, 2005-2006
- Member of College of Humanities and Social Sciences Tenure and Promotion Committee, 2004-2005
- Member of College of Humanities Committee on Excellence in Teaching, Scholarship and Service, 2000 – 2001
- Member of Curriculum Commitee, 2022-2024
- Chair, Curriculum Committee 2021-2022
- Chair, Promotion and Tenure Committee, 2020-2021
- Member of Promotion and Tenure Committee, 2019-2020
- Secretary for Departmental Meetings, 2019-2020
- Chair, Departmental Awards Committee, 2018-2020
- Chair, Linguistics Faculty Search Committee, 2018-2019
- Member of Committee for Linguistics Minor within the English Department, 2016
- Chair, Departmental Awards Committee, 2015-2017
- Member of Lecturer Search Committee, 2012
- Chair, Linguistics Faculty Search Committee, 2008-2009
- Member of TESOL Assistant Professor Search Committee, Department of Inclusive Education, 2008
- Coordinator of English department language exam, 2001-2013
- Review for new linguistics textbook for Cambridge University Press, 2022
- Article review for Token: A Journal of English Linguistics, 2017
- Proposal review for the Atlanta IEP Mini-Conference, 2010
- Co-Facilitator of panel discussion "Best Practices in ESOL" at the Kennesaw
- State University's ESOL Conference. February, 2003
- Conference Session Chair, Utopian explorations for the classroom. Kennesaw State University’s Children’s Literature Conference. April 2, 2003
- Course Reviewer for Online Courses for Quality Matters (Kennesaw State University) 2013 – 2018.
- Paid consultant to Metro RESA, (lecture on linguistics and ESL training), August, 2010
- Paid consultant to Cobb County ESOL Program, 2007.
Affordable Learning Grant from University System of Georgia, 2021. Improve Materials and Lectures for LING 3040 (History of English). $3600.
Course Enhancement Grant, 2016. Using Voice Actors to Enhance Online Courses. (Internal University Grant) $1500
Southeastern Conference on Linguistics