Joyce P. Johnston

Joyce P. Johnston

Joyce P. Johnston

Adjunct Faculty

Digital intellectual property, online civility, online instructional design, oral response to student writing

Originally a specialist in Medieval Literature, Joyce Johnston transitioned to computer-based instruction early in her 32-year career at George Mason.  She is ucurently part of a 2-year grant to develop open educational resources for  teaching research in GMU's composition program. She has served the Composition program as a QEP First-Year Adopter and English 302M Pilot Instructor as well as a faculty mentor in Integrating Technology into Advanced Composition. In Fall 2014, she served on committees to create an evaluation rubric for online courses and to write a reflection tool on faculty portfolios for Students as Scholars/QEP. In university service, she presented at Mason's 2013 Teaching and Learning Conference and has been invited to return for 2018.  In addition, she gave workshops for the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. 

Joyce has published in the International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, The International Journal of Science in Society, Business Communication Quarterly and Proceedings of the 2d Annual Conference on Teaching in the Community Colleges. In the last year, she has presented on intellectual property and civility issues at The Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education's EdMedia conference in Amsterdam, the annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education in Alexandria, VA,  the annual conference on Computers in Libraries in Crystal City, VA and the Virginia Association of School Librarians annual meeting in Williamsburg, VA. She is currently serving on the Executive Committee for the EdMedia annual conferences, held alternately in Europe, Canada and the U. S.

Selected Publications

Publications include "The Good, the Bad and the University: Digital Intellectual Property Flashpoints for 2014" in Proceedings for the World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2014. 

Public and Persona: Constructing an Online Voice for Professionals presented at the International Conference of Technology, Knowledge and Society in Bilbao, Spain, and appearing in Volume 7 of the Society's journal in November 2011.

"The Beginnings of Science Writing in America: The Declaration of Independence as a Report of Experimental Research" in The International of Science in Society 2009.

Courses Taught

In 33 years of high school teaching, Joyce was named to Who's Who multiple times and achieved National Board Certification in 2001.  She also served as a Virginia Teacher Mentor for NBPTS.  She has been a featured speaker on copyright and social media issues at the national and state Association of School Librarians, as well as the Virginia Society for Technology in Education and Future Business Leaders of America.


M. A. Emory Univeristy

B. A. Dickinson College

Recent Presentations

In late June 2013, Joyce presented "Don't Feed the Trolls: A Training Model for Congenial Collaboration Online" at the EdMedia conference in Victoria, Canada, sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Computers in Education.  In January, her session on "Scholar 2.0" at the International Conference of Technology and Society in Vancouver, Canada, explored ways to develop undergraduate student scholarship based on her themed QEP course at George Mason.  An earlier version of the same material was shared at the 2012 annual Computers and Writing conference in Raleigh, NC.  She returned to the International Conference of Technology and Society when it met in January 2012 at UCLA to present "Becoming the Voice in their Heads: The Influence of Oral Response on Perceived Teacher Caring."