Donald Johnson has been a professor in agricultural education, communication, and technology at the University of Arkansas since 1999. He was an associate professor at UARK from 1993 to 1999. Prior to joining the faculty at UARK, he was an assistant professor and then associate professor at Mississippi State University from 1989 to 1993. He served as an instructor at the University of Missouri from 1987 to 1989.
He has provided assistance to agricultural science teachers and students, 4-H agents, and volunteers in technology-related efforts. He has provided educational programs and technical assistance related to engine performance and emissions with biofuels.
Johnson is a past-president of the University of Arkansas Teaching Academy. He has served as coordinator of the national and state FFA agricultural mechanics career development event. He is the faculty advisor for the UARK Agriculture Mechanics Club.
In 2016 he received Second Runner-Up for Outstanding Article in the Journal of Agricultural Education. In 2016 the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists honored him with awards for Distinguished Research Poster, Distinguished Manuscript and Outstanding Presentation. In 2015 he received a Distinguished Manuscript Award at the National Education Research Conference. In 2014 he received the Distinguished Researcher Award from the American Association for Agricultural Education. He was inducted as a senior fellow of the American Association for Agricultural Education in 2013.
Ph.D. in Agricultural Education, University of Missouri, 1989
M.A.E. in Agricultural Education, Western Kentucky University, 1986
B.S. in Agriculture, Western Kentucky University, 1981