Michele Johnson began her career at Owens Community College January 2001 and has served in many different capacities since then. She started as a part time criminal justice instructor and in August 2001 she became a full time criminal justice instructor teaching most of the criminal justice courses but her favorites were Crime Scene Processing and Criminology for Police and Corrections. In December 2006 she became the Interim Chair for the School of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and in May 2006 became the Chair of the School. In August 2012, Michele was named the Dean of the School of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and in August 2013 she became the Dean for the School of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Criminal Justice.
Before her career at Owens Community College, Michele served as a police officer with the Toledo Police Department. She worked the patrol unit on various shifts and different areas of Toledo, the communications center, Community Affairs and the Planning and Research department.
She attended the Owens Community College Leadership Academy and received the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award, 2005 and 2006. She was awarded the Outstanding Crime Prevention Unit in the State of Ohio, the Professional Service Award and the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for teamwork.
She attended Wayne State University in Detroit and was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 1987. She was awarded her Master of Criminal Justice Administration from Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio in 1999 and currently is working on her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at the University of Toledo.
She resides in Perrysburg Township. In July 2014, she became Dean of the School of Liberal Arts.