Ray Johnson

Assistant Professor of Communications
McEwen - Comm. 216D
2850 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
johnson@elon.edu (336) 278-5677

Brief Biography

Ray Johnson has been a professor at Elon since 1984.  He has been actively involved in all aspects of the development of the Communications program.  He initiated and was the first person to teach all the fundamental classes in television and cinema.  He is actively involved in the production of documentary films.  He has produced major films on the Occaneechi-Saponi native American tribe, Black Mountain College, the civil rights movement in North Carolina and the film “Just a Guy,” about David Rhodes who is a quadriplegic  and serves as Assistant Attorney General of the State of California.


University of North Carolina - Greensboro

M.FA - Broadcasting and Cinema - 1992

University of North Carolina - Greensboro


Appalachian State University

B.S. History


Employment History

1984 - Present    Elon University, Elon, N.C.

  Assistant Professor of Communications and

                Director of Television Services

Initiated television production curriculum

Initiated the Cinema curriculum

Teach classes in television production and film theory

Supervise television production facilities

Purchase all television production equipment

Produce weekly television programs for cablevision

Produce promotional and training videos for Elon


1979 - 1984               Burlington City Schools, Burlington, N.C.            

Teacher/Social Studies

Coordinator and Demonstration Teacher for eleven school

Initiated television production curriculum by administering

$89,000 per year (3 years) Federal Title IV-C grant

Taught television production at Williams High School; 

recognized as model program for State of North Carolina

Initiated all Advanced Placement courses in the school system

Served as Economic Education Coordinator of nationally recognized

economic program

Coached High I.Q. Bowl teams for 10 years;  won two state 

Courses Taught

Producing for Broadcast and New Media

Australian and New Zealand Cinema  (Winter Term Study Abroad)

From Gutenberg to Film  (Winter Term Study Abroad)

African Film

Digital Media Convergence

Film Censorship

Media History

Senior Seminar

Television Production

Editing the Moving Image

The Auteur Director

The Development of the Cinema

The Kennedy Assassination and Film

The South in American Film

The Elon Film Heritage

Graduate production course in London

Leadership Positions

Committee Service at Elon



Study Aboard

Long Range Planning



Dean’s Task Force on Curriculum Development


Conducted research for the documentary film, An End to Silence.

Current Projects

Worked on a major documentary film entitled, An End of Silence, about the creation of the Crossroads rape crisis organization and the empowerment of women in the 1970’s.  Researched and conducted more than 25 interviews for this project.  The film had one public showing for the Crossroads organization and will have more public showings in the future.


Major Film Produced:

The Survival of the Circle - Occaneechi-Saponi native American tribe of NC and Virginia

Fully Awake – Black Mountain College

Just a Guy – The David Rhodes Story

The End of Silence – The creation of the Crossroads organization 


Film Screenings for the film Fully Awake: Black Mountain College

I was associate producer for the film. 

Berkshires International Film Festival

Great Barrington, MA

May 15-18, 2007

Rome International Film Festival

Rome, GA

September 6-7, 2007

North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh

September 15, 2007

National Gallery of Art

Washington, DC

Dec 27, 28  2007

Museum of Modern Art

New York, NY

November, 2007

Professional Activities

Member of the Broadcast Educators Association.

Member of the Digital Video Professionals Association. This is an organization created by the National Association of Broadcasters designed to bring together digital video professionals.

Service Activities

Served on the Alamance-Burlington, Elon Partnership Committee. This committee is made up of professors from Elon and Alamance-Burlington School personnel.  It is exploring how Elon and the school system can work together on joint projects.  The committee is jointly chaired by the Superintendent of ABSS the Dean of Education at Elon.

Served as a consultant to the Alamance-Burlington School System. Worked with elementary teachers how to best utilize digital media in the classroom.

Worked with teachers to produce training videos.

Mentored an iMedia graduate school class in producing a multimedia, interactive website for Barrow-Hill Elementary School in London, UK.


Mentored a SURE project with an Elon student.  This project won second place in the nation for promotional video in a competition sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters and the Broadcast Educators Association