Jon L. Johnson attended Morningside High School in Inglewood,
California. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in
mathematics from Harvey Mudd
College and a Master of Science and Ph. D. in mathematics
from the University of
Kentucky. He taught at the Citadel for one year
before coming to Elmhurst College in 1977, where he is currently
a Professor of Mathematics, and the former holder of the
Genevieve Staudt Endowed Chair. His research area is
commutative algebra and he has also published articles on
technology in the mathematics classroom and applications of
differential equations. He is the faculty advisor for Pi
Mu Epsilon and the Elmhurst College Mathematical Association of
America Student Chapter. He was the Project Director for a
National Science Foundation Teacher Enhancement Project for high
school teachers which concluded in January of 1997, was a
Co-Project Director for an National Science Foundation
Instrumentation and Laboratory Improvement Project linking
physics and mathematics courses (1996-1999), and a Co-Project
Director for a National Conferences for Undergraduate Research
and Leslie E. Lancy Foundation Project "Issues related to the
expansion of O'Hare International Airport" (2001 and renewed for
2002). In 1996, he received the President's Excellence in
Teaching Award at Elmhurst College. He has been active in the
Illinois Section of the Mathematical Association of America
(ISMAA), having served as a Director on the ISMAA Board from
1993 to 1996, as a member of the ISMAA High School Lecture
Committee from 1991 to 1997 (Chair: 1996 - 97), and as the
current Secretary - Treasurer. In 2005, he received the Illinois
Section of The Mathematical Association of America Distinguished
Service Award.