Skip to main content Skip to navigation
Washington State University
College of Education

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Bilingual Education
Tri-Cities Campus
West 207W
2710 Crimson way
Richland, WA  99354


Curriculum Vitae

Research interests

Eric Johnson’s research focus is on ethnographic approaches to language-minority education programs and language policies in public schools.  His interests include language policy and planning, the application of policy as practice, immigrant communities, parent and community engagement, bilingual education, and Hispanic Serving Institutions.

Teaching/professional interests

Dr. Johnson teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to bilingual education and English as a second language, including the theoretical foundations of bilingual and ESL education, methods and materials for bilingual/ESL education, bilingual education methods across content areas, sociolinguistics, diversity in education, and language, literacy and culture.

Multimedia publications


  • Johnson, D.C., & Johnson, E.J. (2021). The language gap: Normalizing deficit ideologies. Routledge.
  • Avineri, N., Graham, L.R., Johnson, E.J., Riner, R., & Rosa, J. (Eds). (2019). Language and social justice in practice. Routledge.
  • Johnson, E.J. (Ed.). (2018). Critical perspectives of the language gap. Routledge.
  • Haenn, N., & Johnson, E.J. (2009). The teaching road map: A pocket guide for high school and college teachers. Rowman & Littlefield Education.

Selected journal publications


  • 2020 – Faculty Excellence Award in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Washington State University College of Education.
  • 2017 – Senior Scholar Reviewer Award, Bilingual Research Journal (premier journal for the National Association of Bilingual Education). Recognizes a senior scholar who “volunteers their time above and beyond the call of duty to the BRJ.”
  • 2016 Outstanding Teaching Award, Washington State University Tri-Cities. “In honor and recognition of significant contributions and success in teaching.”
  • 2013 Faculty Diversity Award, Washington State University. “Recognizes distinctive and outstanding teaching, research, and/or service/outreach that advance diversity.”
  • 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Award, Washington State University. “Recognizes extraordinary contributions toward continuing the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the promotion of human rights and social justice.”
  • 2012 Award for Collaboration and Networking, Washington State University Tri-Cities, College of Education.
  • 2011 Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching, Washington State University, College of Education.


  • 2020 – Senior Personnel, Co-Researcher: Reducing barriers to educational justice in Washington state. Washington Education Association. PIs: Dr. Manka Varghese, Marge Plecki, & Ana Elfers, University of Washington. Amount: $265,000. 
  • 2016 – Co-PI: Creating a pathway to nursing: Community alliance for health workforce diversity. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Health Resources and Services Administration. Grant Role: Data collection, reporting, and program coordination for ESL and learning services.  Co-investigators: Debra Nogueras, Lori Brown, & Janet Katz. Amount: $349,187.
  • 2016 – PI: Developing a funds of knowledge inventory to enhance classroom practice. Washington State University, Berry Family Fellowship. Amount: $12,500.
  • 2015 – PI: Crossing the border: Documenting immigrant student experiences to enhance classroom instruction. Washington State University College of Education Faculty Funding Award. Amount: $5000.
  • 2013 Co-PI: Bridging Community Literacy Practices and Funds of Knowledge in the Classroom. Washington State University College of Education Faculty Funding Award, co-investigator: Dr. Sarah Newcomer, Amount: $9000.
  • 2012 PI: Interpretation and use of research evidence for bilingual education policy and practice. William T. Grant Foundation: Officer’s Research Grant. Co-investigator: Dr. David C. Johnson. Amount: $25,000.
  • 2011 Co-PI: Interpretation and implementation of dual language education policy in Washington schools. Washington State University New Faculty Seed Grant Program. Co-investigator: Dr. David C. Johnson, Amount: $5,343.
  • 2011 Co-PI: Dual language education policy and practice in Washington state. Washington State University College of Education Faculty Funding Award, co-investigator: Dr. David C. Johnson, Amount: $8882.
  • 2008 Co-PI: Educational leadership and language policies in Washington school districts with high language-minority student populations. Washington State University College of Education Faculty Funding Award. Co-investigator: Dr. Michele Acker-Hocevar, Amount: $6000.
  • 2008 Alhadeff Teachers of Teachers Faculty Award, Washington State University, Amount: $1000. This award was used to purchase materials to improve classroom instruction.