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Dr. Mark L. Johnson


Pittstate Faculty Mark Johnson

"Through my courses, students are learning to make the workplace a better environment in which people can work, learn, grow and become the professionals they wish to be."

Degrees Held:

  • Ed.D. – University of Arkansas, 1993
  • Ed.S. – Pittsburg State University, 1989
  • M.S. – Pittsburg State University, 1987
  • BSBA – Pittsburg State University, 1983

Career Highlights:

  • Served on five national boards of directors in the field of career and technical education, including the Association for Career & Technical Education® (ACTE) National Board of Directors and as president of the ACTE Trade & Industrial Division
  • Named the National ACTE Teacher of the Year in 2000
  • Frequent presenter at state and national conferences, and to thousands of apprenticeship trainers in more than 30 states across the U.S. and Canada since 2014
  • Received PSU Outstanding Faculty Award three times
  • Training consultant for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada (IATSE)
  • Work with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC), the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA), and the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA)

In which online degree program do you teach?

MBA in Human Resources

  • Links to share?

  • What should students take away from your classes? What do they learn?

    Through this course, my purpose is clear: to help you overcome any fear you have of speaking and to help you become an excellent presenter. This course is a game changer and will significantly improve your opportunities for employment and promotion. Specifically, you will 1) learn how to analyze an audience, 2) learn how to deliver an effective presentation and 3) learn how to actively engage the audience.

  • What types of projects do your students do in the online courses?

    Students will learn by doing. There are 12 lesson modules; students complete them by viewing instructor videos, then recording and posting their own video lesson assignment. They will then review three other student presentations and critique them based on the criteria established in the course. There is a midterm and final video conference presentation in which they will present and collect feedback for a live presentation. This means they will be presenting 14 times and receiving more than 60 sets of feedback to help them improve their performance.

  • What advice would you give to students considering an online MBA program?

    The key to being a successful online student is to be self-motivated and to keep up with the work. The work is not hard but can be tedious, requiring your constant participation. Check your class daily and set a couple of times a week to record your presentations and post them for other students and the instructor to see. You may record the presentation as many times as you wish before posting.

  • What is the value of an MBA? What are some of the skills students gain in this program?

    Being a masterful presenter gives you an extraordinary advantage in today's job market. Nearly every industry report places communication as one of the top five skills all employers want. This practice skill will almost guarantee you $15,000-$20,000 more per year in salary.

  • Why did you start teaching?

    I wanted to help improve the way we prepare our employees. So many businesses today make costly mistakes when it comes to employee development. Through my courses, students are learning to make the workplace a better environment in which people can work, learn, grow and become the professionals they wish to be.

  • What is the one book you think everyone should read?

    There are so many, but a good one I’ve read recently is “Magnetic Service: Secrets for Creating Passionately Devoted Customers” by Chip R. Bell and Bilijack R. Bell.

  • Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know about you.

    In 1988, during a presentation in San Antonio, Texas, I was able to recall 350 audience members' names in less than 20 minutes. Today, I am known as the memory guy at PSU. I am the only professor who knows all of his students the first day of class.

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