Instructor Robert Johnson began teaching at COTC in 2018 and has classes at all four COTC campuses – Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala – and online. His schedule includes a variety of courses from the human services student’s first semester to their last. He is a U.S. Navy veteran, COTC alumnus and Licensed Independent Social Worker.
Master of Clinical Social Work from The Ohio State University
Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University
What is human services?
Social workers in the human services field can impact all communities. We strive to work with people in order to make changes in their life according to what they themselves want to change. Social workers are essential in helping people help themselves.
How did you become involved in human services and social work?
I began my mental health experience as a psychiatric technician in the U.S. Navy on an acute psychiatric inpatient setting and then moving to outpatient setting. After an Honorable Discharge, I returned to my hometown of Newark, Ohio, where I enrolled at COTC and started my academic career and later transferred to The Ohio State University to study social work.
What do you enjoy most about teaching at COTC?
I love the students and the access of each campus. The atmosphere here at COTC is energizing and as an alumnus, I am grateful to be back on campus.
What advice do you have for students?
Always remember that education is never a waste of time, but a successful way to grow and develop who you are!
What interests, hobbies or talents do you have outside of the classroom?
I enjoy hiking, nature, animals, growing both personally and professionally. I love to be creative and drawing and painting are a huge part of this. I also love to travel and see new places.