Don Johnson

Don Johnson


E108 Agriculture, Food and Life Sciences Building
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: (479) 575-2039
Fax: (479) 575-2610


  • Ph.D., Agricultural Education and Agricultural Systems Management, University of Missouri, 1989
  • M.A.E., Agriculture (Mechanization) and Agricultural Education, Western Kentucky University, 1986
  • B.S., General Agriculture, Western Kentucky University, 1981

Professional Experience

  • Professor, University of Arkansas, 1999-Present
  • Coordinator for Agricultural Systems Technology Management Program
  • Associate Professor, University of Arkansas, 1993-1999
  • Assistant/Associate Professor, Mississippi State University, 1989-1993
  • Instructor, University of Missouri, 1987-1989


  • Provide assistance to agricultural science teachers and students, as well as 4-H agents and volunteers in technology-related efforts
  • Provide educational programs and technical assistance related to engine performance and emissions with biofuels

Courses Taught

  • AGME 1613 - Fundamentals of Agricultural Systems Technology, Fall
  • AGME 1611L - Fundamentals of Agricultural Systems Technology Lab, Fall
  • AGME 3173 - Electricity in Agriculture, Spring
  • AGME 4203 - Mechanized Systems Managment, Fall (even years)
  • AGME 4973 - Irrigation, Spring
  • AGME 400V - Special Problems in AGME, Fall/Spring
  • AGME 402V - Special Topics in AGME, Irregular

Research Areas

  • Academic achievement and persistence of college agriculture students
  • Learning and problem solving in technical subjects
  • Physical models for teaching and learning technology
  • Engine performance and consumer acceptance of bio-based fuels


  • Past-President, UA Teaching Academy
  • Coordinator, National and State FFA Agricultural Mechanics CDE
  • Co-Advise the AG Mech Club


  • Outstanding Article, 2nd Runner-up, Journal of Agricultural Education, 2016
  • Distinguished Research Poster, SAAS, 2016
  • Distinguished Manuscript, SAAS, 2016
  • Outstanding Presentation, SAAS, 2016
  • Distinguished Manuscript Award, National Education Research Conference - 2015
  • Distinguished Researcher Award, 2014, American Association for Agricultural Education
  • Senior Fellow, American Association for Agricultural Education, inducted May 2013 in recognition of "exceptional and sustained contributions to the profession"
  • Dr. John and Mrs. Lois Imhoff Award for Outstanding Teaching and Student Mentoring, 2009
  • Honorary American FFA Degree, 2009
  • Alumni Award for Distinguished Faculty Achievement in Teaching and Public Service, 2006
  • Service Award, National Post-Secondary Agriculture Student Organization (PAS), 2006
  • Teacher Fellow, North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA), 2005
  • Award for Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences - Southern Region, USDA and NASULGC, 2004
  • Distinguished Teaching Award - Southern Region, American Association for Agricultural Education, 2004
  • Jack G. Justus Award for Teaching Excellence, Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences, University of Arkansas, 2002
  • Fellow, University of Arkansas Teaching Academy, 1999
  • John W. White Award for Outstanding Teaching, Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences, University of Arkansas, 1998