Graduate Faculty Spotlight: Craig Johnson

Craig (Old School)

Professor Craig Johnson

“I grew up in a large family where excellence in academics and athletics were an expectation and we were heavily and happily engaged in those pursuits. We always saw education as a means of earning a livelihood and contributing to the world by doing something that you loved. It took me a while to figure out that I could do that with involvement in athletics and the study of human movement. I have never looked back with regret on that decision.”

Undergraduate Institution: Hamiline University
BA Physical Education
Graduate Instituition: University of California, Berkeley
MA, PHD Physical Education with an emphasis in Motor Learning

Coaching Career
California State University, Los Angeles Women’s Basketball Coach - 4 years
Saint Mary’s Women’s Basketball Coach - 3 years
Saint Mary’s Softball Coach - 1 Year

Teaching Experience
Saint Mary's College of California - Currently in 38th year
California State University, Los Angeles - 4 years
University of California, Berkeley - 4 years Graduate Assistant
University of Illinois - Physical Education Specialist

Professor Craig Johnson has served the Saint Mary’s College community for 38 years. Through his teaching and coaching positions at SMC, Professor Johnson has witnessed many changes and transitions that have allowed SMC to grow and evolve into the leading academic and athletic institution it is today. Professor Johnson’s hallmark has always been his dedication to Kinesiology and his passion for teaching, coaching, and working in the field.

Professor Johnson served as Director of the Graduate Kinesiology Program for 16 years and currently teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of human motor performance, kinesiology, exercise physiology, and the philosophical basis of sport. His scholarly interests include the physiological, biomechanical and psychological aspects of sports and exercise. He especially loves to teach philosophy as it gives him a chance to interact with his students on a personal basis in order to become familiar with their personal and professional goals. Professor Johnson’s seminar style Graduate Kinesiology courses focus on lateral thinking and provide students with an opportunity to dive into critical thinking and problem solving.

A recognized leader both at SMC and in the field of Kinesiology, Professor Johnson has been an active member and officer in both the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD) and the Western Society of Kinesiology and Wellness (formerly WCPES). Professor Johnson also serves as the SMC Faculty Athletic Representative. His commitment to the Kinesiology Program is unparalleled as is his dedication towards the well-being of the student athletes he serves and the community of Saint Mary’s College.  

Craig (New)