Faculty Profile

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Email: sjohnson@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2045
Office: Otto Miller 238


Education: BA, Westmont College, 1974; PhD, University of Minnesota, 1982. At SPU since 1982.

Dr. Johnson wrote his doctoral dissertation in the area of commutative ring theory. That said, knowing that he wanted to end up in a small college Math department he took a much broader than usual selection of courses.

Dr. Johnson has wide ranging interests within Mathematics. Since coming to SPU he has taught most of the courses offered by the Math department. He has mentored senior projects in Philosophy of Mathematics, History of Mathematics, Game Theory, Graph Theory, Projective Geometry, and Ring Theory.


Selected Publications

"Factor Rings of Integers", American Mathematical Monthly, Volume 96 (1989), Number 6.

Please view Steve Johnson's CV (PDF) for additional publications.

Why I Teach at SPU

Steve Johnson, Associate Professor of Mathematics

“While I was pursuing my undergraduate degree I came to the realization that what I wanted to do is teach at a liberal arts college, preferably a Christian one. As I was finishing my doctorate a position opened at SPU. Although I had other offers I decided to come here. Now, more than 30 years later, it is a decision I have never regretted.”