Chris Johnson, Ph.D.

About Me

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I live in Tucson, AZ with my wife, Ingrid Novodvorsky, and three cats, Kendall, Jackson, and Electron. K and J are brothers and, because they look so much alike we often can't ell them apart. So we gave them the interchangeable names of Kendal and Jackson (which also happens to be the house wine). As K & J, they are refered to collectivley as the Men in Black. They have been with us for ten years and we have recently added Electron, who is also ten. He was adopted from the Gatherer No kill cat shelter where Ingrid is a Board member. He was named Electron because he looks like one of our former Main Coons, Electra, and it allowed us to have K, J and L.

I moved to Tucson my first year of high school (Sahuaro - Go Cougars) in 1968 and have been here ever since.

I'm a three time graduate of the University of Arizona (Go Cats) with a BA in Secondary Education, a Masters of Educational in Educational Technology (my favorite degree - an M.Ed. in Ed.M), and a Ph.D. in Secondary Education

I began working for the UA in 1978 and, except for whe I retired for five years, been there ever since.

I began working in the PLATO Lab programming instructional materials for the Navajo language and some physics lessons.

For 17 years I was the Director of Humanities Computing and Technology and for two years, the Director of the Digital Media Resource Center in the Integrated Learning Center, a job that launched my interest in learning space design.

I then spent a year in the Learning Technologies Center where I worked with faculty across campus.

In 2005, I realized I was tired of what I had been doing for 27 years and decided to retire.

I then formed the 21st Century Learning Group and did consulting in a variety of tech related areas.

During this time, I was able to reignite my love of K-12 education and became involved with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). I've had a great time working with ISTE, and the state Affiliate AzTEA exploring a variety of issues from tech integration to advocacy.

In 2010, I had the wonderful opportunity to join the faculty of the Educational Technology Program where I now serve as the Program Director. I have the opportunity of working with a variety of great graduate students interested in learning more about technology.

When not teaching technology, Ingrid and I like to bike and hike around Arizona. We also love traveling and scuba diving.