Joyce P. Johnston

Joyce P. Johnston

Joyce P. Johnston

Adjunct Faculty

Composition: Digital intellectual property, online civility, online instructional design, oral response to student writing

Originally a specialist in Medieval Literature, Joyce Johnston transitioned to computer-based instruction early in her 32-year career at George Mason.  She is currently serving on the Executive Committee for the EdMedia + Innovate Learning annual conferences, held alternately in Europe and the U. S when not conducted online due to covid restrictions. Joyce has served the Composition program as a QEP First-Year Adopter and English 302M Pilot Instructor as well as a faculty mentor in Integrating Technology into Advanced Composition. In 2017-18, she was part of a 2-year grant to develop open educational resources for teaching research skills in GMU's composition program. 

In service to George Mason, she has given multiple presentations for the university-sponsored chapter of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute as well as for the university's conference, Innovations in Teaching and Learning. She has also conducted workshops for workshops for the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning.  Through Mason, she also earned a certificate in Mental Health First Aid.

In 33 years of high school teaching, which overlapped with 20 of her years as an adjunct at George Mason, Joyce was named to Who's Who multiple times and achieved National Board Certification in 2001.  She was also appointed to be a Virginia Teacher Mentor for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.  Her Dual Enrollment course provided students in English 12 with concurrent credit for English 101/111 in Virginia public colleges.

Current Research

Digital intellectual property rights for K-12 schools and school librarians

Digital intellectual property rights for private citizens, specific to social media

Digital civility

The right to erasure (a/k/a the right to be forgotten), General Data Protection Regulation, Article 17

Net neutrality

Selected Publications

"Can Facebook Steal My Stuff? Your Students' Intellectual Property Rights on Social Media." Computers in Libraries. Vol. 40, No. 3. April 2020.  Pp. 32-36. 

  • Republished with permission in the Proceedings of the Innovate Learning Summit 2020. Nov. 2020.
  • Featured article. Reprinted with permission in The Informed Librarian Online, May 2020.

Intellectual Freedom Blog. American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom.  Available 

  • “Fostering Intellectual Freedom in a Post-Truth Year.” 28 November 2016
  • “Free Speech vs. Campus Safety: The Disinvitation Dilemma.” 21 October 2016
  • “Is Free Basics Internet Access Really Worth It?” 17 October 2016
  • “Turning Undergrads into Independent Learners” 25 August 2016
  • “Facebook Gets One Right: Opening the Internet to the Blind” 31 March 2016
  • “Common Sense Media: Promoting Family Values or Dictating Them?” 28 March 2016

“A One-Year Review of the Right to be Forgotten; Implications for Academia.”  Proceedings of the World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2015. July 2015.  Pp. 110-117. Available:

"The Good, the Bad and the University: Digital Intellectual Property Flashpoints for 2014" in Proceedings for the World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2014. 

Public and Persona: Constructing an Online Voice for Professionals presented at the International Conference of Technology, Knowledge and Society in Bilbao, Spain, and appearing in Volume 7 of the Society's journal in November 2011.

"The Beginnings of Science Writing in America: The Declaration of Independence as a Report of Experimental Research" in The International of Science in Society 2009.

Courses Taught

English 302 (Advanced Composition) sections specialized to Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Business, Humanities and Multidisciplinary majors.

PRLS 450 (Research Methods)

English 101 (Freshman Composition)



M. A. Emory University  1971

B. A. Dickinson College  1969

Recent Presentations

“Teaching Leadership for Change.” Teacher to Teacher forum. Conference on College

 Composition and Communication.  Online.  April 10, 2021.


“Staying Legal in a Pandemic: Crucial Copyright Issues for Instruction.” Invited speaker.

Virginia Association of School Librarians annual conference.  Online. Nov. 6, 2020.


“Survival Tips for Teaching Online.”  Invited panelist. Innovations in Teaching and Learning

 annual conference. Online.  Sept. 21, 2020.


“Tips and Tools: Get the Best Out of the 2020 Conference.”  With Verona Leendertz.

Educational Media + Innovate Learning International Conference, Amsterdam, NL.  June 24,



“Meta-Analysis or Systematic Review: Getting Your Dissertation Topic Approved, Grants

Funded and Articles Accepted.” EdMedia + Innovate Learning International Conference. Amsterdam, NL.

June 2019.


“Improving Internet Access in U. S. Libraries.” Computers in Libraries annual conference.

Crystal City, VA. April 19, 2018.


“Facing the Dragon: Learning About Aging from Beowulf.” Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

            Faculty Conversations. Fairfax, VA. April 9, 2018.

  • Repeated in the OLL Literary Potpourri series July 19, 2018.


"R. I. P. Net Neutrality: Fostering Information Literacy and Equal Access Without an Open

Internet" Society for Information Technology in Teaching Annual Conference. Alexandria, VA. March 30,



“(Dis)Empowering the People: How Repealing Net Neutrality Challenges Libraries to Locate

Complete, Unbiased Information.”  Virginia Association of School Librarians.  Potomac

Regional meeting March 17; Rappahannock regional meeting March 22, 2018.