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Currently residing in Kansas City, Professor Emeritus of English Mark Johnson has retired from Central Missouri with accomplishments that include almost 30 years of sharing his love for literature with students; opportunities to publish two books, dozens of articles and reviews; and make many friends among his colleagues.
Johnson joined the Department of English and Philosophy in 1976 as an instructor. Through hard work and dedication, he was promoted up the academic ladder, becoming an assistant professor in 1979, associate professor in 1983, and professor in 1988. The following year, he was named chair of the department, and served at that post for four years before returning to full-time teaching.
The professor emeritus of English gained early teaching experience as an English and debate faculty member at the Cathedral Preparatory School for Boys in Erie, Pa., and by serving as a teaching assistant at Ohio University, Athens.
While serving at CMSU, Johnson became involved in a variety of committee assignments, especially at the department level. He was also involved in curriculum and assessment committee work at the department, college and university levels.
He kept current in his profession and on education issues through his participation in professional organizations, including membership in the Modern Language Association of Missouri, Missouri Philological Association, Federation of Missouri Education Workers/National Education Association, Religion and Literature Society, and Walker Percy Society.
Johnson prepared for his education career as a student at Gannon College, Erie, Pa., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English. He received his master’s degree in English and his doctorate in American Literature at Ohio University.