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David E. JohnsonDavid E. Johnson

School of Criminal Justice

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M.S., University of Baltimore
B.A., St. John's College
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Dave Johnson as Santa Claus

Look familiar?

UB's David Johnson spends off hours serving up good tidings as Santa Claus (pictured here at the Santa Experience at the Shops at Kenilworth).

Read more about Johnson and his jolly other job in the University of Baltimore Magazine .

During the summer after my junior year in college, I worked as an intern helping delinquent children in Maryland. I immediately knew that I wanted to pursue a career in casework. The internship launched my 30-plus-year career of public service as a probation officer helping both juvenile and adult offenders. I spent the first seven years after I graduated from college working with juvenile offenders in the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. Thereafter, I had a 25-year career with the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services System, retiring as chief U.S. probation officer for the U.S. District Court, District of Maryland.

Since retiring from federal service, I have worked as a both a consultant and as an expert in the field of corrections for both the state of Maryland and the federal government.

I became interested in teaching after giving several guest speaking presentations about my work to classes at the University of Baltimore. In 1994, I was given the opportunity to teach a graduate course in criminal justice at the University. I have been teaching graduate and undergraduate criminal justice courses at UB both full and part time since then.

Teaching is a passion. I am able not only to teach my students but to share my experiences in the field of criminal justice with them. I also enjoy counseling and guiding students who are interested in careers in the field of criminal justice. My years of experience as a practitioner in Maryland have given me a good working knowledge of the opportunities available for students enrolled in the School of Criminal Justice at UB.