John Johnson

John Johnson, MS

Chair, Department of Mathematics and Applied Science

Associate Professor of Mathematics


I love the challenge of solving puzzles, whether they be jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, or the puzzles presented in mathematical form, especially when the challenge is followed up with the success of a final and complete solution. This love of puzzle-solving led me to an academic career teaching mathematics.

I grew up in a Quaker family in the Midwest and so most of my life I heard about this Quaker college in Oregon - George Fox College (now University). When I felt God calling me into teaching math, it became my desire to teach at that Quaker college in Oregon. In 1984 that dream was realized, and I've been teaching math here since, and thoroughly enjoying (almost) every minute.

Academic Background

BS, Mathematics, Northwest Nazarene College (1978)
MS, Mathematics, Kansas State University (1980)

Research Interests

My interests have been involved with how undergraduate students learn and use mathematics, especially in conjunction with the courses I teach such as Number Theory and Probability.

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Publications and Presentations

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

MATH 201, 202, 301 - Calculus I, II, III
MATH 331 - Probability
MATH 332 - Mathematical Statistics
MATH 340 - Number Theory

Outside the Classroom

I married Cindy in 1976, we have two sons who graduated from George Fox and married George Fox graduates, and today we have four grandchildren. We enjoy spending time with all our kids and grandkids.

I love music and express that love by playing the piano. I also enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and biking. And, as mentioned above, I love to solve puzzles, especially word puzzles.