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Adjunct Instructor of Leadership
School of Humanities, Education and the Arts
Adjunct Faculty
Oakley School of Humanities
B.S., Tennessee Technological University
M.A., Tennessee Technological University
Ed.S., Tennessee Technological University
Ed.D., Middle Tennessee State University

Dr. James Benjamin (Ben) Johnson serves as the Federal Programs Supervisor in Smith County, overseeing the federal budgets, guiding district and school improvement planning, and coordinating professional learning and development. Dr. Johnson earned his Ed.D at Middle Tennessee State University in Assessment, Learning, and School Improvement.

After being part of the first cohort in Cumberland University’s Instructional Leadership licensure program, where he earned his administrative license, he has played a vital role in school leadership at the high school and district levels, helping lead schools to multiple Reward School designations, SCORE prize acknowledgments, and a National Blue Ribbon for Gap Closure.

In addition to his district supervisor role, Dr. Johnson’s teaching experience includes middle and high school, special education, alternative school, and higher education. He has also served as an assistant principal, executive principal, and district coordinator.

Dr. Johnson comes from a family of educators, as his wife, Kimberly Woodard Johnson, is a graduate of Cumberland University, earning her B.A. and M.ED. in Instructional Leadership.