Bruce Johnson, Ph.D.

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M.B.A., Master of Business Administration, University of Phoenix, 2000

MS., Master of Science, Education, Emphasis in Adult Education, Capella University, 2004

  • Master’s Thesis: Facilitating Adult Learning in Organizational and Educational Settings—Theory, Practice, and Applications.

Certificate: Training and Performance Improvement, Capella University, 2005

Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Specialization: Postsecondary and Adult Education, Capella University, 2010

  • Dissertation: Transformation of online teaching practices utilizing appreciative inquiry to enhance the process of learning.



Business Management


Organizational Development

Adult Education

Teaching with Technology

Critical Thinking

Appreciative Inquiry

Training and Performance Improvement


Dr. Bruce A. Johnson has been working in the field of higher education and distance learning since 2005, with roles including Faculty Development Manager, Core Faculty, Curriculum Author, Dissertation Chair and Committee Member, and Faculty Development Specialist. Dr. J’s background also includes work as a Human Performance Improvement Consultant, and prior to 2005, he was a Manager of Training and Development. 

Dr. Johnson is an inspirational author, writer, and educator. His life mission to teach, mentor, write, and inspire others. He has earned a PhD in Postsecondary and Adult Education, a Certificate in Training and Performance Improvement (TPI), a Master’s in Adult Education, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). 

As a scholar practitioner, Dr. J was published in a scholarly journal and he has been a featured presenter at an international distance learning conference and three faculty conferences. He has published three books related to higher education, including two about online teaching.  Dr. J has also published over 230 online articles about adult learning, higher education, distance learning, online teaching, and mindset development.