Research Team

Susan Moore Johnson

Susan Moore Johnson

Director & Principal Investigator

Dr. Johnson is the Jerome T. Murphy Research Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She studies and teaches about teacher policy, organizational change, and administrative practice. A former high school teacher and administrator, she has a continuing research interest in the work of teachers and the reform of schools. She has studied the leadership of superintendents, the effects of collective bargaining on schools, the use of incentive pay plans for teachers, and the school as a context for adult work. From 1993-1999, Johnson served as Academic Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is the author or co-author of many published articles and six books: Teacher Unions in Schools (Temple University Press, 1984), Teachers at Work (Basic Books, 1990), Leading to Change: The Challenge of the New Superintendency (Jossey-Bass, 1996),  Finders and Keepers: Helping New Teachers Survive and Thrive in Our Schools (Jossey-Bass, 2004) Managing School Districts for High Performance (Harvard Education Press, 2007) and Achieving Coherence in District Improvement (2015). Dr. Johnson is a member of the National Academy of Education.

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