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Dr. Rebecca Johnston

Title: Associate Director of Center for Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
Associate Professor of Music

Office: Downtown Office Building, 305A, Dahlonega
Areas of Expertise: Music Education Pedagogy, Educational Research, Curriculum Design and Assessment, Music Psychology


Rebecca Johnston is Associate Director currently serving as Interim Director of the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Leadership at the University of North Georgia, where she administers a team of center directors and associated fellows who provide faculty development programming to the university at large. In her role, she oversees the management of leadership and teaching awards, conducts assessment of faculty programs, develops and presents programming on a wide range of pedagogy topics, serves on the Georgia LEAP State steering committee, and provides leadership in carrying out the CTLL strategic plan.

Dr. Johnston holds the Ph.D. in music education from the University of South Carolina, the M.M. in music education from the University of South Carolina, and the B.M. in music education from Georgia State University. She additionally holds early childhood music certification from GIML (The Gordon Institute of Music Learning).

Her fields of scholarly expertise are affective response to music, vocal pedagogy, quantitative human studies research, and teaching and learning pedagogies, and her work is published by the international journal Psychology of Music. Forthcoming publications include a book chapter regarding faculty development, to be published by Routledge, and a music appreciation textbook to be published by Affordable Learning Georgia. In addition, Dr. Johnston is an active clinician and has presented at state and national conferences across the United States.

CTLL is a unit of Academic Affairs under the Office of Research and Engagement.


  • Ph.D., Music Education, University of South Carolina, 2009
  • M.M.E., Master of Music Education, University of South Carolina, 2005
  • B.M.E., Bachelor of Music Education, Georgia State University, 2000

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