Paul A. Johnson

Associate Professor 
School of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Policy
515 Education
Fax: 419-372-8448


Ph.D., Educational Administration and Supervision, Bowling Green State University, 1982

M.Ed., School Psychology, Bowling Green State University, 1976

B.S., Education, Ohio State University, 1973


Assistant Professor, Bowling Green State University, (2006 - Present)

Superintendent, Bucyrus City Schools, (1999 - 2006)

Assistant Superintendent, Bucyrus City Schools, (1994 - 1999)

Principal, Bucyrus City Schools, (1989 -1994)

Director, North Central Ohio Special Education Regional Resource Center, (1983 - 1989)

School Psychologist, Crawford County Schools, (1976 - 1983)


EDL 7300: Leadership Practicum II
EDL 7220: Political Dynamics of School Communities
EDFI 6710: Human Growth and Development
EDL 6240: Fiscal Management and Resource Allocation
EDFI 6710: Human Growth and Development


Board of Education - Superintendent Relations
Community Engagement
School Referenda Strategies
School Finance


Refereed Articles

Johnson, P.A. & Issah, M. (2011). When it comes to community engagement, don’t forget the community. Journal of School Public Relations. 32(3), 255-278.

Ingle, W.K., Johnson, P.A., & Petroff, R.A. (2011). A "tale of two cities": Comparing resource costs and community engagement of two levy campaigns. Midwestern Educational Researcher. 24 (2), 2-14.

Johnson, P.A. (2011). School board governance: The times they are a-changin’.  Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/1555458911413887

Ingle, W.K., Petroff, R.A. & Johnson, P.A. (2011). Estimating resource costs of levy campaigns in five Ohio school districts. The Journal of Education Finance. 37(1), 52-71.

Johnson, P. A. (2011). Actively pursuing knowledge in the college classroom.  Journal of College Teaching & Learning , 8(6), 17-30.

Johnson, P.A. (2010). Leading for learning: Leadership practices of effective school boards. ERS Spectrum, 28 (4), 27-42.

Johnson, P.A. (2010). School public relations and the principalship: An interview with Mark Bielang, President of the American Association of School Administrators. Journal of School Public Relations, 32 (1), 30-40.

Johnson, P.A. (2009). And the survey says: The case for community engagement. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 12(3) 9-25.      

Johnson, P.A., & Ingle, W. K.  (2009). Campaign strategies and voter approval of school referenda: A mixed methods analysis. Journal of School Public Relations, 30 (1), 51-71

Book Chapters 

Johnson, P.A. (2008). Community engagement? Let’s dance! In ERS Spectrum, The superintendent's briefing book: Vital information for school district leaders (pp.1-8). Alexandria Virginia: Educational Research Service.

Policy Briefs 

Johnson, P.A ., & Ingle, W.K. (2009). Property taxes and school funding in Ohio. Bowling Green, OH: Institute for Child & Family Policy. 

Ingle, W.K., & Johnson, P.A. (2009). School Levies in Ohio. Bowling Green, OH: Institute for Child & Family Policy.


Member: Board of Education Member (2008 to 2012) Bucyrus City Schools
OSBA Academic Achievement Liaison

Member : Crawford County Economic Development Strategic Planning Committee (2008- Present)

Member: Superintendent Standards Committee (2007- Present) Ohio Department of Education/ Buckeye Association of School Administrators/ Ohio School Boards Association

Founding Member : Ohio Leadership Advisory Council (2006- Present) Sponsored by the Ohio Department of Education/ Buckeye Association of School Administrators/ Ohio School Boards Association in order to develop leadership standards for Ohio school districts.

Faculty Advisor: Kappa Delta Pi Education Honorary Society (2009 to Present)


American Educational Research Association
Buckeye Association of School Administrators
Mid-Western Educational Research Association
Ohio Council Professors of Educational Administration
Ohio School Boards Association

Updated: 12/11/2023 09:31AM