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Dr Joseph Johnson


Dr. Joseph Johnson
204D Butterfield
Concentrations: Science/Technology
Phone:  (814)732-1685 

Dr. Johnson taught physics for several years before pursuing his terminal degree.  He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses including a focus on math and science teaching methods and educational technology.  His research interests include equity and diversity in science education, science for English language learners, and integration of technology in education. 

  • State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY; Ph.D., Science Education, 2011.
  • Gannon University, Erie, PA; M. Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, 2007.
  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA; B.S. of E., Secondary Education: Physics, 2003. Summa Cum Laude


Science is for me:  A case study of English language learner achievement, discourse and attitudes within an urban, middle school science classroom 

Courses Taught

SEDU 102 College Reading and Study Skills
SEDU 183 Technology for Teaching and Learning
SEDU 282 Ethics, Culture and American Education
SEDU 495/MLED495/SEDU 695 Student Teaching Supervision
SEDU 471/472 (Formerly SEDU 594) Instructional Techniques for Science and Math
SEDU 692 Seminar on Teaching Adolescents (Online)
SEDU 731 Applied Technological Integration in Education (Online)
EDUC 788 Educational Research (Online)

Recent Publications

Johnson, J., Wolbert, S., Park, M. & Hoffman, A. (In Review). Teacher Perception and Practice: Year one of a 1-to-1 iPad Initiative. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education.

Johnson, J., Yerrick, R., Wesley, W., & Wolbert, S. (In Review). iSupervise: An exploration of the use of the Apple iPad for student teaching supervision. Current Issues in Education.

Felker, K & Johnson, J. (2014). 61 Essential iPad Apps, Accessories, & Tips for Teachers: Science Edition. American Press: Boston, MA.

Johnson, J.A., Yerrick, R., & Kearny, E. (2014). Supporting Linguistically Diversity Students in an Era of Common Core Science Education Reform. Science Scope 37(5), 23-31.

Johnson, J. A., & Yerrick, R. K. (2013). Creating School Scientific Communities Among Urban Refugee ELL Populations. Proceedings of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual Conference.

Yerrick, R. & Johnson, J. (2012). Tools versus teaching: Examining differences in university implementation of iTunes U. Journal of Online Teaching and Learning, 8(4), 262-276.

Johnson, J., Wesley, W., Smith, M., Wolbert, S., Buckwalter, D., & Daily, J. (In Progress). iSupervise: An exploration of the use of the Apple iPad for student teaching supervision.

Yerrick, R. & Johnson, J. (2011). Negotiating White science in rural Black America: A case for navigating the landscape of teacher knowledge domains.  Cultural Studies in Science Education, 6(4), 915-939.

Yerrick, R. K., & Johnson, J. A. (2009). Meeting the needs of middle grade science learners through pedagogical and technological intervention. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 9 (3).

Yerrick, R. & Johnson, J., (2009). Science Laptop Study: Laptops, Probeware, and Digital Media Transforming Middle School Science Students' Learning.  Academic Intersections, 3, 2, 39-53.

Book Contributions  

Johnson, J. & Yerrick, R. (2014).  “Magnified images project.” Sam Gliksmon’s (Ed.) iPads in Education for Dummies (Version 2). Wiley Publishers.

Yerrick, R. & Johnson, J. (2014).  “Invasive species project.” Sam Gliksmon’s (Ed.) iPads in Education for Dummies (Version 2). Wiley Publishers.

Yerrick, R. & Johnson, J. (2014).  “Vapor pressure lab experiment.” Sam Gliksmon’s (Ed.) iPads in Education for Dummies (Version 2). Wiley Publishers.


  • Delbert Mullen’s Thinking Outside the Box Award
  • Award for Excellence in Teaching, Dr. Robert C. Weber Honors Program

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. John F. Ziegler

Associate Professor
Educational Leadership Program
233 Butterfield Hall
Office: 814-732-1712

Educational Achievements

¨      D. Ed. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Educational Administration & Leadership Studies
¨      M. S. Ed. St. Bonaventure University, Educational Administration & Supervision
¨      M. S. Ed. West Chester University of Pennsylvania, School Guidance & Counseling
¨      B. S. Ed.  Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, Elementary Education

Professional Certificates

Pennsylvania Department of Education
¨      Superintendent, School Principal K-12, Supervisor of Elementary Education, Supervisor of Guidance Services, Guidance and Counseling K-12, Elementary Instructional

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
¨      Superintendent, Principal, Counselor, Curriculum Specialist, Elementary Education, Intermediate Level, Middle Grades Language Arts, Middle Grades Social Studies

New York State Education Department
¨      School District Administrator

Dr. Ziegler has held numerous positions in public education as a teacher, counselor, and school administrator before coming to Edinboro in 2009.  He is currently the Program Advisor for the Post-Masters Principal K-12 and Supervisory Programs, Chair of School of Education NCATE Dispositions Continuous Improvement Committee, Chair of the Middle and Secondary Educational and Educational Leadership Department (MSEL) Curriculum and Sabbatical Committees, and serves on the University-Wide Curriculum Committee (UWCC).

¨      Ziegler, J. F. (2000) Constructivist Views of Teaching, Learning, and Supervising Held by Public School Teachers and Their Influence on Student Achievement in Mathematics, IUP, UMI Dissertation Services, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Courses Taught
¨      COUN 725 Organization & Development of Programs in the Helping Professions
¨      EDUC 788 Research in Education
¨      SCHA 700 Introduction to Educational Leadership
¨      SCHA 721 Collaborative Leadership for Evaluation
¨      SCHA 731 School and Community Relations
¨      SCHA 741 Curriculum Leadership
¨      SCHA 745 Instructional Leadership
¨      SCHA 765 Financial Aspects of Educational Leadership
¨      SCHA 775 Educational Leadership Theories and Practices
¨      SCHA 789 Elementary Principal Internship
¨      SCHA 792 Supervisor of Special Education Internship
¨      SCHA 794 Secondary Principal Internship
¨      SCHA 795 Educational Leadership for Technology
¨      SCHA 798 Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis
¨      SCHA 799 Superintendent Internship

Peer Reviewed Publications

¨      Ziegler, J. F. & Ziegler L. K. (2013), Response to Intervention (RTI) as a Strategy and a Challenge: A Report of the Research, Mid-Atlantic Education Review, Rutgers University, NJ. (Submitted for publication).

¨      Ziegler, J. F. (2013) Personalized Growth Through Data Analysis: Leadership in Action, Pennsylvania Educational Leadership, Pennsylvania Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (PASCD), Harrisburg, PA. (Submitted for publication).

¨      Henson, K. (2012), Successful Grant Writing for School Leaders: 10 Easy Steps, Allyn & Bacon, Boston, MA (contributing author).

¨      Henson, K. (2012) School Leader’s Guide to Grant Writing, American School Board Journal, March, Alexandria, Virginia (contributing author).

¨      Ziegler, J. F. (2010) Creating a Technology Driven School for the Future, Pennsylvania Educational Leadership, Pennsylvania Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (PASCD), Vol. 30, Harrisburg, PA.

¨      Ziegler, J. F. (2000) Renovating a School Building for Instructional Improvement, The Pennsylvania Administrator, Pennsylvania Elementary & Secondary Principals Association (PAESSP), Harrisburg, PA.


¨      2013, Pursuing Online Excellence – A Firsthand Examination of Edinboro’s Quality Matters Peer Review Initiative , Pogue Student Center Theater, Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA

¨      2012, Data Driven Teacher Leadership: The Best Hope for Sustaining School Change , Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators (PAC-TE) Conference, Best Western Premier the Central, Harrisburg, PA

¨      2012, Educational Leadership Program Presentation, Abraxas Youth and Family Services, Marienville, PA

¨      2011, Pennsylvania State Education Association Fall Leadership Development Conference Presentation, Data Driven Teacher Leadership: The Best Hope for Sustaining School Change, Erie, PA

¨      2009-2013, Guest Speaker, School Finance, Educational Technology, Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA

¨      2001 Constructivist Views of Teaching, Learning, and Supervising, American Educational Research Association Annual Conference (AERA), Seattle, WA

¨      2000, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Graduate Student Research Conference Presentation,  New Ways of Thinking, Scholarship for the 21st Century, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

Recent Recognition

2013 - Earned Quality Matters Program Seal of Distinction for EDUC 788 - Research in Education. The Quality Matters seal is a nationally recognized indicator of quality assurance and continuous improvement in online learning.

EDUC 788 is the first online course at Edinboro University to earn this distinction.  

Trivia Highlight

Dr. Ziegler performed Carnival of Venice with the Valley Forge Military Academy Band in the East Room of the White House during a Presidential Inauguration.