Director and Professor of English
Phone: 205-726-4036Before being named Director of University Fellows, Johnson was an Associate Professor of English at Samford University, where he has taught since 1995. While he is a specialist in creative writing (poetry) and literary theory, Johnson has also taught courses in 20th-century poetry, film, comparative literature, and the philosophy and literature of science. He is an active scholar-poet, and his work has appeared in the Paris Review, the Denver Quarterly, the Western Humanities Review, American Letters and Commentary, Free Verse, Thicket, and New American Writing. He was a semi-finalist for the Walt Whitman Award for his collection of poems entitled See, and in 2008 he was invited to attend the prestigious Sewanee Writers Conference. His scholarship on teaching creative writing was awarded the James Woodall Award for Pedagogical Scholarship from the Association of College Teachers of English in Alabama. Since collaborating with faculty at the University of Maastricht on a Problem-Based Learning Transatlantic Cooperation Grant, Johnson has lectured on the craft of teaching poetry in Denmark, at the National Endowment for the Humanities, and throughout the U.S. He has served twice as professor-in-residence at Samford's Daniel House in London, and he was a visiting professor at China's Anhui Normal University. As one of Samford's Latin American Studies Fellows, Johnson traveled to Ecuador to learn Spanish, and he has continued studying Spanish alongside students in Samford's classrooms. For the University Fellows Program he has taught Writing and Rhetoric and Western Intellectual Tradition (I, II, and IV). He was recently promoted to full Professor.