Elizabeth Johnston, EdD is an educator with extensive experience in K-12 and Higher Education. As a K-12 educator, Elizabeth worked as a Teacher, Principal, and Director of Curriculum and Special Education. As a member of a three-person district leadership team led by the Superintendent, Elizabeth assisted in all Instructional areas. Elizabeth has been teaching in Higher education for 15 years and at University of Phoenix® for 11 years.
As University of Phoenix faculty, Elizabeth has worked as a member of the Global Council (serving the School of Advanced Studies [SAS]) and the Academic Cabinet (serving the entire University). Elizabeth has been a peer reviewer for the Journal of Leadership Studies, Journal of Psychological Issues in Organizational Culture and the American Educational Research Association conferences (2011, 2013). Recently Elizabeth accepted an invitation to become an editor for the Media Symposium at the Journal of Psychological Issues in Organizational Culture.
As a recipient of an Office of Scholarship Support grant, Elizabeth collaborated with colleague Anthony Kortens to research SAS doctoral student experiences in theoretical thinking. Articles have been featured in the Journal of Corporate Citizenship, the Journal of Leadership Studies and the Journal of Psychological Issues in Organizational Culture. Conference presentations include the 2013 International Conference on Thinking (ICOT), Qualitative Research in Management conference (QRM, 2014, 2012), Business as an Agent of World Benefit (BAWB, 2009), Narrative, Arts Based and Post Approaches to Social Research (supported by AERA) 2010.
Elizabeth earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Loyola, Chicago, and an MA and BA from Michigan State University in Fine Arts and Education. Her interests lie in fine arts and her paintings have shown at regional shows and galleries. She writes a monthly column on painting for the California Watercolor Association.