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Associate Professor

University of Central Oklahoma (405) 974-5804 Adult Education & Safety Sciences HES 200 , Box 120


Dr. Michelle A. Johnson joined the University of Central Oklahoma as an assistant professor in the Department of Adult Education and Safety Sciences in fall 2017.  She currently teaches graduate students in the Adult and Higher Education program.  She serves as the adviser for the Talent Development major and as the Graduate Program Coordinator.  

Her research interest include (1) adult education programs and policies for minorities and women; (2) adult education in workforce programs and the community; and (3) diversity issues and the role of higher education. 

Education and Certifications

Ph.D. in Educational Human Resource Development, December 2017
Specialization in Adult Education
Texas A&M University

M.S. in Educational Administration and Human Resource Development, December 2010
Specialization in Adult Education
Texas A&M University

B.S. in Agricultural Leadership and Development, May 2007
Texas A&M University


     College Teaching Certificate, College of Education, Texas A&M University

     eLearning Certificate, University of Central Oklahoma

     STLR, University of Central Oklahoma

     CaSTLE, University of Central Oklahoma

     Service Learning Scholar, University of Central Oklahoma       

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Alfred, M. V., Ray, S. M., & Johnson, M. A. (2019). Advancing Women of Color in STEM: An Imperative for U.S. Global Competitiveness. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 21(1), 114–132.

Baker, C., Nafukho, F. M., McCaleb, K, Baker, M., & Johnson, M. (2015). The tangible and intangible benefits of offering Massive Open Online Courses: Faculty Perspectives. Internet Learning, 4(2). doi: 10.18278/il.4.2.6

Johnson, M.A, & Stephens, M.L.  (2012). Race to the Top and the exclusion of welfare recipients from educational policy discourse.  Adult Learning. 23(4). 188-195. 

Johnson, M.A, & Chang, D. (2012).  Balancing Act: Addressing culture and gender in ESL classrooms. Journal of Adult Education, 41(1). 19-26.


Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy has been shaped by experience with working diverse populations. I have relied on my experiences to expose graduate students to the concepts of diversity and inclusion while encouraging them to challenge themselves to be open to new ideologies. My goal is to actively involve the learners in exploring new information and acquiring new skills. My teaching methods include creating a safe and inclusive environment, engaging students in small and large group discussions, and having students write reflective papers. The ultimate learning outcome for the students in my classes is to develop a critical lens in which to view their world and the information that shapes it.


Classes Taught

 Adult and Higher Education Program, Master of Education

  • ADED 5031 Introduction to Adult and Higher Education
  • ADED 5823 The Adult Learner
  • ADED 5153 Leadership & Organizational Communication in Adult Ed
  • ADED 5233 Learner-Centered Design & Implementation
  • ADED 5893 Capstone in Adult and Higher Education
  • ADED 5423 Educational Evaluation
  • ADED 5333 Motivational Concepts for Adult Learners
  • ADED 5433 Advanced Human Relations in Talent Development
  • ADED 5623 Innovative Technology in AHE
  • ADED 5910 Workforce Diversity

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