Dr. Julie Johnson is co-principal of J2R2 Leadership and Change Associates whose work focuses on supporting museums and museum professionals gain capacity to solve their own problems and create stronger futures. In addition to her consulting work, Johnson is also a program director in the Division on Research and Learning at the National Science Foundation. Prior to this she held the position of John Roe Distinguished Chair of Museum Leadership at the Science Museum of Minnesota. There she provided support and leadership in the areas of planning, programming, personnel development and collaboration. Before that Johnson served as chief operating officer for the New Jersey State Aquarium where she oversaw both mission and operations areas and spearheaded education programs for students, teachers, families, and local youth. Johnson is experienced in performance assessment, creating organizational systems, program development, evaluation, group facilitation, and effective communication with diverse external stakeholders.
Johnson holds B.S., M.S., and M.A. degrees in biology, instructional technology, and deaf education; she received her Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University. Her research interests include: leader/leadership development, the intersections of relational practice and leadership, the intersections of organizational learning and leader development in place, and leadership in complex systems. She is very interested in understanding the ways in which organizations, specifically museums, nurture and support leadership emergence.
“You have to have a method for looking at the thing you don’t know what it looks like.” – R. Weiss
Ph.D. Leadership & Change, Antioch University
Johnson, J.I. (Jul/Aug 2017). The Mentor and the Protégé: What, Who, and How? In ASTC Dimensions. Emily Schuster, ed. Washington, DC: Association of Science-Technology Centers, p. 28.
Johnson, J.I. (Nov/Dec 2013). Learning at and for Work In ASTC Dimensions. Emily Schuster, ed. Washington, DC: Association of Science-Technology Centers, p. 38.
Johnson, J.I. & Rassweiler, J. L. (2010). Connecting Museum, School and Community: Collaborations for Learning, pp. 65-72 In Fortney, K & Sheppard, B. (eds.) An Alliance of Spirit: Museum and School Partnerships. Washington, DC: American Association of Museums
Leading from the Middle, AASLH Seminar for Historic Administration, November 2015, 2016, 2017
Leadership development in Place: Moving from training to practice, International Leadership Association Global Conference, October 2015
The Journey of Emerging Leadership: Struggles, Successes, and Resources, American Public Gardens Association Annual Conference, June 2015
Organizational Supports for Learning Leadership: A Study of U.S. Museums, International Leadership Association Global Conference, October 2014
The Leadership Landscape in Museums, International Leadership Association Global Conference, October 2014