In The Spotlight ...
Dr. Ryan Johnson
Assistant Professor of History
Dr. Ryan Johnson was a passionate, dedicated teacher who touched the lives of many students through his dynamic classroom environment. He was fully engaged with students outside of the classroom, serving as the Co-Advisor to Phi Theta Kappa Chapter at West Campus since 2009, taking students on field trips to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, and holding an abundance of open office hours.
Ryan also provided service to the College as Coordinator of History, Faculty Mentor, and Faculty Union Executive Committee member. Dr. Johnson joined the faculty of Montgomery County Community College part-time in 2006 and was appointed to full-time in 2007. He taught Medieval and Modern European history courses, including a course on the Holocaust. He was also the co-founder of the Montgomery County Community College Book Club.
Dr. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science, followed by a master’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina, at Charlotte. During that time, he coached the University’s fencing team and completed a nearly two-year internship with the United States Secret Service. After traveling extensively across Europe, Dr. Johnson returned to the U.S. to continue teaching and to begin his doctoral work. Dr. Johnson’s studies focused on Modern Europe, specifically the fields of German, military, and environmental history. He received a Doctorate of Philosophy in History from Temple University on January 25, 2013.