J.D., Harvard University
B.A. Howard University [magna cum laude, political science]
Professor Johnson is a Harvard-trained full professor and director of the Center for Intellectual Property, Technology and Telecommunications. Johnson has had a diverse, professional background that includes being a corporate lawyer at White and Case, a government lawyer for the District of Columbia, and an entrepreneur in real estate and broadcasting.
In 2010, Professor Johnson helped her students launch “Create a Job Initiative,” a job campaign to increase exports through transborder licensing, where intellectual property is exported abroad in industries such as information technology, entertainment, biotech, and clean energy. She has also spoken and written extensively on privatization of telecommunications, and served on President Clinton's Transition Team for Science, Space and Technology.
Professor Johnson is an expert in technology-based instruction and distance learning. In 1996, she taught the first distance-learning course at an American law school, connecting two campuses and three outside sites using videoconferencing. She has developed and taught distance-learning modules and courses at several American Bar Association law schools and internationally. Professor Johnson drafted the ABA Distance Learning Standards for CWSL, which was adopted by the institution. In addition, she has been a lead evaluator and reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education's Star Schools Program and Technology Grant Program. Johnson was a Carnegie Scholar (2000-2001).
Always on the cutting edge, Johnson was selected in 1995 as the first non-scientist Summer Faculty at NASA's Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. While at NASA, Professor Johnson perfected a prototype for integrating skills into courses using technology by working with NASA scientist and teachers to create and develop curriculum in math and science for middle and high school students. She used the prototype to develop "Cyber Workbooks," a web-based authoring platform that helps faculty create course modules that teach critical thinking, applied reasoning, and problem-solving in substantive courses, with built-in assessment tools.