Jeffrey E. Johnson, Ph.D.--2016 OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD
From Liza Sanchez
Jeffrey E. Johnson, Ph.D.
Professor of International Business and Director of the Center for Global Business Studies
Johnson never assumes the classroom is the final resting point for learning, especially
when it comes to topics of international business and entrepreneurship. After having the
chance to visit about 80 countries, he believes it is important for students to be exposed to
international cultures and business opportunities.
As director of the Center for Global Business Studies, Johnson manages various
international opportunities for students in the Greehey School of Business. This includes
setting up study abroad trips, promoting internationalization within the school and organizing
special events, programs and lectures. In exposing his students to different cultures, he hopes
that they come back as broader people with broader perspectives. Not only does this help
increase their awareness of other cultures, Johnson says, but it helps students stand out when
they are ready to search for jobs after graduation.
He marks one of the study abroad trips he organizes as particularly memorable, saying
students had the opportunity to walk the steps of the Blessed William Joseph Chaminade,
founder of the Society of Mary, in Bordeaux, France, and see where the Marianists started.
During this trip, students visited the founder’s gravesite and witnessed where he lived and
Outside of the classroom, Johnson enjoys spending time with his son and stays involved in
his students’ lives by serving as adviser to multiple student organizations.v