Director of International Initiatives and Relations
104 Burton Hall
178 Pillsbury Dr. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Christopher Johnstone is director of international initiatives for the College of Education and Human Development. He received his doctorate from the University of Minnesota in educational policy and administration. His program area for his doctoral work was comparative and international development education. He also holds master's and bachelor's degrees in special education from Syracuse University and the State University of New York (Plattsburgh) respectively.
In addition to his work in the Dean's Office, Christopher is affiliated with multiple research and academic units around campus. He holds a research associate position at the Institute on Community Integration (ICI). There he is principal investigator on two grants at the National Center on Educational Outcomes focusing on assessment of K-12 students with disabilities. He also directs ICI's Global Resource Center on Inclusive Education. In recent years, Christopher has conducted educational research or evaluations on inclusive education in Trinidad and Tobago, Macedonia, and Kenya.
Christopher is also an affiliate faculty member of the college's Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, where he teaches classes on international development education and serves as co-principal investigator of a research partnership with CARE International that examines girls' empowerment and education efforts in eight countries. Finally, Christopher is on the graduate faculty of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs Master in Development Program, where he teaches courses on international internship preparation and inclusive development.
As director of international initiatives for CEHD, Christopher is focused on creating opportunities for international and intercultural engagement for faculty, staff, and students. Specifically, his office provides funding and support for a variety of activities that are aimed at internationalizing the college, including: international research grants, international technical assistance opportunities, facilitation of Memoranda of Understanding, recruiting and supporting international students and scholars, and facilitating faculty-led study abroad opportunities. Each of these activities is designed to promote international experiences that can be drawn upon in teaching and learning opportunities at home, thus creating a culture of internationalization in the college.