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 35-year career at George Mason.  In the last 5 years, she has given 18 presentations at national and international conferences and been a guest blogger for the American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Blog. 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 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.  

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

“Electronic Explosion: Five Crucial Copyright Changes since 2020.” 2021 Virginia Association

             of School Librarians Fall Conference.  Williamsburg, VA.  Nov. 3-5, 2021.


“Electronic Explosion: Five Crucial Copyright Changes since 2020.” Internet Librarian 2021.

  Monterey, CA.  Oct. 26-28, 2021.


“Leading for Change: A Customizable Writing Experience.”  Innovations in Teaching and

Learning annual conference. Online.  Sept. 20-24, 2021.


“Training Students to Take Leadership in Social Change.”  EduLearn: International Conference

on Education and New Learning Technologies.  Online.  July 5-6, 2021.


“Leading for Change on a Social or Professional Issue of Choice: A Customizable Writing

Experience.” 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.


“Facilitating Contingent-Faculty Collaboration and Inclusion Through the Creation of an Online

 OER Collection.”  (With Catherine Saunders and Jessie Matthews). Council of Writing

 Program Administrators National Conference.  Baltimore, MD. July 2019.