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Kay Johnston

Professor of Educational Studies and Women's Studies
Educational Studies, 407 Lathrop Hall
p 315-228-7662


BA, Ohio University, 1969; MEd, Boston University, 1971; EdD, Harvard University, 1985

Teaching Experience

Bellport (NY) and Stoneham (MA) Public Schools; Lesley College; Boston College; Harvard University


Adolescent development, moral development, elementary education, women's studies


Moral problem solving, teacher thinking, women's development


  • Recently published "Why teach moral development" in the open-source forum Expositions: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities. Vol.7,1(2013).
  • Johnston, D.K. (2006). Education for a Caring Society - Classroom Relationships and Moral Action.  New York: Teacher's College Press
  • Bjork, C., Johnston, D.K., Ross, H. (Eds.). (2007). Taking Teaching Seriously: How Liberal Arts Colleges Prepare Teachers to Meet Today's Educational Challenges in Schools. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Press.
  • Articles in Journal of Moral Education, Theory into Practice, Journal of Youth and Adolescence and Teachers College Record On-Line; chapters in Moral Development a Compendium, Learning for Life: Moral Education Theory and Practice, Mapping the Moral Domain


  • Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching - 2013
  • Sidney J. and Florence Felten French Prize for Inspirational Teaching - 2012
  • AAUP Professor of the Year, 2011


Moral Education and the Preparation of Teachers
Presentation at AILACTE (Association of Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education)
San Diego, California 2011

Moral Education in an Age of High-Stakes Testing
Presentation at Association of Moral Education
St. Louis, Missouri, 2010

What Do Cooperating Teachers Expect?
Presentation at AILACTE (The Association of Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education)
Atlanta, Georgia, 2010