Craig Johnson

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Professor of Leadership Studies

Phone: 503-554-2819
Office Location: Newberg Campus, Hoover 122

Office Hours: By appointment


Professor Johnson has been at George Fox since 1988. He moved to the College of Business after serving as chair of the university’s communication arts department for 12 years. Professor Johnson serves as director of the Doctor of Business Administration program and as director of the university’s interdisciplinary undergraduate leadership minor. He is past recipient of a George Fox Undergraduate Teacher of the Year award. Professor Johnson enjoys running, fly-fishing, basketball and reading. He and his wife Mary, who teaches in the University’s Master of Arts in Teaching program, have two grown sons. 

Professor Johnson Teaches:

  • Introduction to Leadership
  • Leadership Communication
  • Business Ethics
  • Leading and Managing People
  • Business Teaching Practicum
  • Dissertation Supervision


  •  PhD in Speech Communication from the University of Denver

  • MA in Communication (Journalism/Print Media) from Wheaton College

  • BA in History and Sociology from Luther College

Community Service

  • Short term missions participant
  • SOLV and NAMI Volunterr
  • Ordained Church Elder
  • Past President, Trout Unlimited Chapter

Research Interests:

  • Ethical Leadership

  • Apology and forgiveness

  • Leadership communication

  • Organizational Ethics and Trust

  • Followership

Selected Publications:

  • Meeting the Ethical Challenges of Leadership (5th ed.), Sage, 2014.

  • Leadership: A Communication Perspective (6th ed.) (with Michael Hackman),  Waveland, 2013.

  • Organizational Ethics: A Practical Approach, Sage, 2011.

  • “Ethical Leadership and Organizational Trust.”  Paper presented at the International Leadership Association convention, 2008.

  • “Best practices in ethical leadership.”  In J. Conger and R. Riggio (Eds), The Practice of Leadership, Wiley, 2007.

  • “The Rise and Fall of Carly Fiorina:  An Ethical Case Study.” (2008).  Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 15, 188-196.

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