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University of Central Oklahoma


Sherri Johnson, Ed.D., currently serves as a professor and graduate program advisor in the Department of Mass Communication. She teaches classes in the Professional Media and Strategic Communications sequences and in the master's program. Her duties include mentoring students and serving on department and college committees. She is originally from Springdale, Arkansas.

Classes Taught


• Specialized Publications: MCOM 3333

• Media Ethics: MCOM 4423 (online)

• Principles of Public Relations: MCOM 3223 (online)

• Women in Media: MCOM 4313, 5313

• Media Writing: MCOM 4423 (online)

• Crisis & Ethics in Communication: MCOM 5843 (online)


• Introduction to Mass Communication: MCOM 1103 (online)

• Introduction to Media Studies: MCOM 2073

• Fundamentals of Speech: MCOM 1113

• Fun with iWeb: MCOM 3990

• Narrative Journalism: MCOM 3990

• InDesign for Ad Majors: MCOM 3990

• Advertising Graphics: MCOM 4273

• Public Information Methods: MCOM 4163

• Advanced Publication Design: MCOM 4910

• News Editing: MCOM 3143

• Newsletter Design: MCOM 4333

• Meet the Mac: MCOM 2003

Education and Certifications

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism - University of Arkansas (Fayetteville)

Master of Arts in Mass Communication - University of Oklahoma (Norman)

Doctorate of Education in Higher Education/Mass Communication - Oklahoma State University (Stillwater)


• UCO eLearning 

• Top Hat publishing

• UCO Student Transformative Learning Record (STLR)


My professional journalism experience includes work as a reporter and editor for newspapers and magazines. I have also worked in public relations. I've spent the majority of my academic career at UCO, where I've taught a variety of classes and also served as an adviser to student publications.

• Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of Journalism & Broadcasting, Oklahoma State University 

• Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Journalism, University of Arkansas 

• Instructor, Upward Bound, University of Arkansas 

Honors and Awards

• 2018 Terry Clark Outstanding Mass Communication Educator Award

• 2013-14 Outstanding Professors' Academy 

• 2008 Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts 

• 2008 Vanderford Distinguished Teacher Award, College of Liberal Arts 

• 2002 Favorite Professor Award, Alpha Lambda Delta honor society 

• 1999 Outstanding Faculty Member, Sigma Kappa sorority

• 1994 Outstanding Faculty Woman, UCO Association of Women Students 

• 1994 Teaching Fellow, Freedom Forum - Indiana University 

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

My primary teaching areas include Adobe InDesign, media ethics, media studies, public relations and writing/editing. Since 2012, I have specialized in the development, design and delivery of online classes. My online courses include Media Ethics, Principles of Public Relations, Introduction to Mass Communication and Media Writing. 

I've published two online textbooks – "Ready, Set, InDesign!" (2018) and "Women in Media" (2019). 

I have been a panelist and presented papers at numerous local, state and national conferences. Recent scholarly activities have included presentations at the Teaching with Technology Conference, the Brightspace Desire2Learn national conference, the Transformative Learning Conference, the Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication conference and the Broadcast Education Association national conference.

I have published articles in newspapers, magazines and journals and also with Salem Press, the Journalism Educator, the Journalism & Mass Communication Educator and the Online Classroom newsletter.

Teaching Philosophy

I encourage the uniqueness and creativity of each student. My class plans are always flexible, as I bring current events into classroom discussions and allow for a diversity of ideas and opinions. I use STLR (Student Transformative Learning Record) in at least two classes each semester. I strive to promote creative skills and independent thinking while encouraging students to discover their strengths and be involved in their communities.


I enjoy traveling, reading, writing, working out, listening to music and spending time with family and friends. I also do freelance editing and design work. I enjoy good coffee (every single day) and fried chicken (only occasionally).

The views expressed by UCO faculty and staff on their personal websites and social media pages do not necessarily reflect the positions of the University of Central Oklahoma. UCO faculty and staff are advised to follow the university’s social media guidelines and are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with policies outlined in UCO’s Employee Handbook and/or Faculty Handbook.