Johnson, Benjamin A
Asst. Professor & Asst. Dept. Chair - Department of Student Leadership & Success Studies
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Benjamin A. Johnson, Ph.D.

Asst. Professor & Asst. Dept. Chair
Department of Student Leadership and Success Studies

Utah Valley University
800 W. University Parkway, MS #275
Orem, Utah 84058 


Ben joined the SLSS department in 2013. His teaching and research interests include higher-education leadership, student metacognition, faculty-student mentoring, history and philosophy of education, and comparative and international education. He enjoys hiking, ultimate frisbee, Dutch Golden Age paintings, speaking Dutch and French, spending time with his family and friends, and working with great students.      


Ph.D.  Education: Policy and Leadership, The Ohio State University, 2013

             Educational Psychology and Philosophy with emphasis in Higher Education 

M.A.   Education, The Ohio State University, 2010

             Foundations, Leadership, and Policy of Education

M.A.   History, Brigham Young University, 2007

B.A.   History, Brigham Young University, 2004

               Minor: Computers and the Humanities, 2004  


SLSS 1000: University Student Success 
SLSS 1200: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
SLSS 2200: Leadership and Mentoring I 

Selected Publications

“Integrating Service Learning into a First-Year Experience Course: A Few Considerations,” Benjamin A. Johnson, Comparative & International Higher Education 6, no. 2 (2014): 38-41.

“Understanding Digital Distractions to Improve Teaching and Learning,” Benjamin A. Johnson and Stephanie L. Shaulskiy, Comparative & International Higher Education 5, no. 1 (2013): 1-4.

“The Inception of the Meaning and Significance of Endowment in American Higher Education, 1890-1930,” Bruce A. Kimball and Benjamin A. Johnson, Teachers College Record 114, no. 10 (2012):

“Nurturing Independent Learning in the Undergraduate Student in History: A Faculty-Student Mentoring Experience,” Benjamin A. Johnson and Donald J. Harreld, Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning 20, no. 3 (August 2012): 361-378.

“The Beginning of ‘Free Money’ Ideology in American Universities: Charles W. Eliot at Harvard, 1869-1909,” Bruce A. Kimball and Benjamin A. Johnson, History of Education Quarterly 52, no. 2 (May 2012): 222-250.

“The Ethics of Corporatization: Competing Visions for University Leadership,” Benjamin A. Johnson, Philosophical Studies in Education 41 (2010): 95-105.

“Sustaining Higher Learning: Endowment Building and Financing Higher Education,” Benjamin A. Johnson, Comparative & International Higher Education 2, no. 2 (2010): 33-36.

“Tragedy and the Meaning of School Shootings,” Bryan R. Warnick, Benjamin A. Johnson, and Samuel Rocha, Educational Theory 60, no. 3 (June 2010): 371-390. 

Book Reviews

Edward Hunter Snow: Pioneer—Educator—Statesman by Thomas G. Alexander, BYU Studies forthcoming Fall 2015 or Winter 2016 issue. (Benjamin A. Johnson)

American Higher Education Transformed, 1940-2005: Documenting the National Discourse by Wilson Smith and Thomas Bender, Journal of Higher Education 82, no. 1 (January/February 2011): 114-117. (Benjamin A. Johnson and Bruce A. Kimball)

After the Harkness Gift: A History of Phillips Exeter Academy Since 1930 by Julia Heskel and Davis Dyer, History of Education Quarterly 50, no. 4 (November 2010): 562-564. (Benjamin A. Johnson)

The Standardization of American Schooling: Linking Secondary and Higher Education, 1870-1910 by Marc A. VanOverbeke, Education Review (8 May 2010): (Benjamin A. Johnson)

Selected Presentations

National or International

“From Student Leader to University President: George W. Rightmire of Ohio State University,” Paper to be presented at the Assessing Administrators: American University Presidents at Mid-Century session of the History of Education Society (HES) Conference in St. Louis, November 2015 (peer reviewed).          

“Integrating Service Learning into a First-Year Experience Course: A Few Considerations,” Paper presented at the combined international Higher Education Teaching & Learning (HETL) – Scholarship of Teaching and Engagement (SoTE) Conference in Orem, Utah Valley University, January 2015. (peer reviewed)

“The Awakening of Philanthropy and Endowment Building in American Higher Education:  The Case of The Ohio State University.” Paper presented at the History of Education Society (HES) Conference in Indianapolis, November 2014. (peer reviewed)

“Intergenerational Views on Technology, Multitasking, and Privacy.” Paper presented at the National Conference on Students in Transition (SIT) in Denver, October 2014. (peer reviewed)

“When Persistence Pays: The Dead Hand Debate and the Financing of Higher Education.” Paper presented at the History of Education Society (HES) in Chicago, November 2011. (peer reviewed)

“Educational Fundraising in the 1920s and 1930s: Endowment Building at Ohio State University, the University of Michigan, and Harvard University.” Paper presented in the Matters of Money session at the History of Education Society (HES) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, November 2010. (peer reviewed)

“Permanently Tainted? The Acceptance of Ill-Begotten and Restricted Funds in Education.” Paper presented at the Graduate Student Conference on Philosophy and Education (GSCOPE), Columbus, Ohio, October, 2010. (peer reviewed)

“Turning Points in Endowment Building: Comparing Ohio State University, University of Michigan, and Harvard University.” Paper presented in International Engagement in Education: The Role of Universities, Governments, and Philanthropy session (also chaired) at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) in Chicago, March 2010. (peer reviewed)

“John Dewey and Contemporary Politics: Scholarly Work Outside the Classroom.” Paper presented in Recognition of the 150th Anniversary of John Dewey’s Birth session at the American Educational Studies Association (AESA) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November 2009. (peer reviewed)


“Conceptualizing and Managing Assessment in Academic Support Services,” Presentation with Lauren Hensley, Samuel Rowe, and Stephanie Levitt at the 2013 Student Affairs Assessment & Research Conference in the Academic Support Services Session, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, June 2013. (peer reviewed)

"Digital Distractions: Exploring Benefits and Detriments of Technology for Teaching and Learning," Presentation for Educational Session, Improving Student Experience, with Stephanie Levitt for Ohio Educational Technology Conference (eTech Ohio), Columbus, Ohio, February 2013. (peer reviewed)

“The Ethics of Corporatization: Competing Visions of Leadership in Higher Education.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society (OVPES) in Dayton, Ohio, September 2009. (peer reviewed)

“Qualitative Research and the Reassessment of a National Hero: A Major Dilemma for Educational Policy.” Paper presented at the Midwest Comparative and International Education Society (MWCIES) Conference in Chicago at Loyola University, Comparative-Historical Cases of Qualitative Inquiry session, November 2007. (peer reviewed) 

Selected Awards and Fellowships

UVU, Center for the Study of Ethics, Microgrant, Integrating Conflict Transformation into a Service Learning Course, $500, Fall 2015

UVU, Office of Engaged Learning, Scholarly and Creative Activities Council, Undergraduate Research Scholarly and Creative Activities (URSCA) Student-Mentored Research (Faculty Advisor for student), $2000, 2014-2015

UVU, Learning Community Grant, $700, Fall 2014

Loadman Dissertation Prize for the Philosophy of Education Program, OSU, $500, Spring 2014

UVU Academic Service-Learning Faculty Fellowship, $750, Spring 2014

National Education Finance Conference (NEFC) Outstanding Dissertation Award Runner-up, 2013    

National Academy of Education and Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Finalist, 2012-2013  

Bentley Historical Library Fellowship, University of Michigan, $1,500, October 2009  

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for German, Academic Year, BYU, $14,000 plus tuition, 2004-2005  

Languages, Experiences Abroad, and Technical Skills 

  • Have studied, resided, or researched in Belgium, France, Germany, Guyana, the Netherlands, and Suriname.
  • Research languages include:

o   Dutch (intermediate)

o   French (intermediate)

o   Some German and Sranan Tongo

  • Computer competency in Microsoft Office, various editing and imaging software applications, some HTML, CSS, XML, JavaScript, JAVA, VB, and VBA