Johnson joins The Citadel as dean of School of Education
Tony Johnson, the new dean of The Citadel School of Education, brings more than 30 years of higher ed experience in teaching and administration to his new position. Johnson has expertise in developing teacher education programs for early childhood, special education and secondary education.
Col. Tony W. Johnson
The North Carolina native said the caliber of the faculty and The Citadel’s mission drew him to this campus. “The idea of preparing principled leaders is a way to touch the future of education,” he said. “I am impressed by the commitment of the faculty to prepare highly qualified educators who will be role models as well as leaders in the field.”
The new dean has experience in leading two other colleges through successful reviews by NCATE, the National Council for Accreditation of Teachers of Education. Preparing The Citadel’s School of Education for a follow-up NCATE visit will be one of Johnson’s priorities.
Johnson came to The Citadel from West Chester University in Pennsylvania where he was academic dean of the state’s largest teacher education school. At West Chester, Johnson reorganized the School of Education to improve faculty collaboration while also creating a center to help faculty use technology more effectively as a teaching tool.
An honor graduate of Western Carolina University, Johnson holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in education from George Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University. His academic specialty is the history and philosophy of education.
He has previously served as director of teacher education and head of the Teachers Academy at UNC-Greensboro. He has also served on the faculty of the University of Texas at San Antonio and the George Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt.
His publications include the textbook Philosophical Documents in Education.