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Eugene "Gene" Johnson


Assistant Professor


School of Education

Office Location:

Bristol Campus: Kline 221

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In the midst of the complexities of modern life, with all its pressures, the spirit of man needs to refresh itself by communion with unspoiled nature. In such surroundings – occasional as our visits may be – we can achieve that kind of physical and spiritual renewal that comes alone from the wonder of the natural world.

~Laurence S. Rockefeller


Gene Johnson is a lover of the natural beauty of our world, engaging in hunting, fishing, hiking, golf and photography in many outdoor venues. He has been a middle school teacher, elementary school principal, high school principal and assistant superintendent in several K-12 school systems in Tennessee and New York, and has taught as an adjunct faculty member at East Tennessee State University and Lincoln Memorial University before coming to King.  Gene and his wife, Marday, live in Kingsport and have two grown daughters ranging in age from 21 to 30.

Gene was born in Bristol and attended the Bristol Virginia Public Schools.  He has conducted graduate research for three advanced degrees on the effect of caffeine on athletic performance, the leadership characteristics of principals, and the efficacy of block scheduling upon performance of exceptional students.

He teaches multiple courses in both graduate and undergraduate education programs and supervises student teachers in local schools.  Most recently he has taught classes in Instructional Design, Secondary Methods, Foundations and Introduction to Education.  Assignment areas of special interest are Exceptional Learners and Human Relations.


Education Specialist, Special Education  2010  University of Tennessee

Ed.D., Education Leadership 1989  East Tennessee State University

M.A., Physical Education  1983  East Tennessee State University

B.S., Health Education and Physical Education  1982  East Tennessee State University

Recent Publications and Presentations

Johnson, G. (1997, Winter). Implementation of performance contracts for principals. Tennessee Principal, 1(1), 8-9.

Johnson, G. (1991, October). Suggested readings: Thriving on chaos. [Review of the book Thriving on Chaos, by T. Peters]. Kappan East, 3(2), 5.

Johnson, G. (1991). Another view of retention and related research. Tennessee Educational Leadership, 18(1), 7-10.

He has served as a trainer for Tennessee curriculum mapping and for principal development in the TEAM administrator evaluation rubric.  He has served on many accreditation teams for school and district AdvancED accreditation, having chaired or served as a consultant on more than 50 review visits.  He presently serves as a member of the Tennessee State Council for AdvancED. He has authored several journal articles and made numerous presentations to local, state and national conferences.  

Current research

Current research is focused upon the areas of differentiated instruction for exceptional learners and questioning techniques to enhance classroom instruction.

Courses recently taught

EDUC 2030 LECT Introduction to Teaching, Grades Pre K-12
EDUC 2031 LECT Introduction to Teaching Practicum, Grades K-12
EDUC 2800 LECT Fundamentals of Pedagogy
EDUC 2900 LECT Foundations of Education
EDUC 4470 LECT Student Teaching Grades K-2
EDUC 4470 LECT Student Teaching: K- Grade 3
EDUC 4480 LECT Student Teaching Grades 3-5
EDUC 4480 LECT Student Teaching: Grades 4-8
EDUC 4490 LECT Student Teaching Grades 6-8
EDUC 4490 LECT Student Teaching: Grades 7-10
EDUC 4500 LECT Student Teaching: Grades 9-12
EDUC 5000 LECT Designing Instruction for Exceptional Learners
EDUC 5015 LECT Instructional Planning
EDUC 5030 LECT Human Relations in the Classroom
EDUC 5040 LECT Advanced Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability
EDUC 5045 LECT Critical Conversations: Communication in a Global Learning
EDUC 5085 LECT Secondary Methods and Materials
EDUC 5240 LECT Legal and Ethical Dimensions in Education
EDUC 5265 LECT Resource Management
EDUC 5280 LECT Strategic Planning