Johanna P. Bishop, Ed.D. is a scholar/ practitioner with expertise in human resource development and change management, dedicated to improving human and organizational performance through intentional change. 

Johanna is currently Director of Behavioral Science Programs (undergraduate & graduate) at Wilmington University in Delaware. 

Her experience working in business and industry contribute to her inter-disciplinary approach to tackling complex problems. 

Johanna loves teaching and preparing students for the future. She is currently focused on raising awareness of human trafficking. 

She is also dedicated to maintaining ethical governance in her community. 


About Me

The Full Story

Hi- I’m Johanna Bishop.

I am a scholar/ practitioner experienced at organizing intentional change. I bring an inter-disciplinary perspective to everything I do, having worked in, and extensively studied in, business, industry, and higher education. I am grounded in management and organization theory, learning theory, and cultural perspectives. In practice, I apply sociological principles to create intentional change and maximize human performance improvement.

My experience and expertise include:

  • Researching the transmission and collective memory and social cognition of organizational disasters in the nuclear power industry.

  • Organizing conferences to bring community members together to raise human trafficking awareness and community capacity building.

  • Providing ethics training to government county level employees.

  • Creating a culture change to human performance improvement in the nuclear power industry.

  • Developing relevant and practice-oriented curricula in higher education.

  • Qualitative research methods.

  • Leadership development.

  • Faculty development.

My career spans 30+ years working in education , business, and industry. Before joining Wilmington University in 2006, I worked in the nuclear power industry  as an instructional technologist. I was also OSHA safety trained and worked safety during outages, was BRAVO  EP field ​driver, and worked as controller for the first NRC graded force-on-force exercises post 9/11. 

My interests lie in collective memory and high reliability organizing. 

Educational Background:

The George Washington University: Ed.D. in Human Resource Development/ Human & Organizational Learning

Wilmington College: Master of Education in Teaching and Master of Science in Human Resource Management. 

Central Michigan University: Bachelor of Arts.

Additional post graduate courses from Western Michigan University, Michigan State University, University of Northern Colorado, and University of Delaware. 

Professional Associations:

Association of Applied & Clinical Sociology (Lifetime member) Board Member At Large

American Sociological Association (member since 2007)

International Sociological Associaction (Lifetime member)

Academy of Management (member since 2005)

International Leadership Association

Journal of Applied Social Sciences,

Editorial Review Board

Questions? Ask me. ~Johanna


Here's What I Do... 

I Teach... I Develop... I Organize... & I Help Organizations and Groups Achieve Change

In My Academic Realm, Here Is What I Do... Managing Intentional Change.....

Teach F2F and Online classes/  Administer graduate and undergraduate academic programs/ Develop new curricula and programs/ Rally students to participate in the annual Lewes Polar Bear Plunge each year/ Manage an active, service-oriented Pi Gamma Mu Delaware BETA Chapter honor society/ Serve on doctoral dissertation committees/ Coach and guide adjunct faculty/ Lead several Advisory Boards/ Serve on several community human trafficking awareness groups/ Serve on academic committees...

I am active in academic communities and present at conferences...

I also Produce and Direct a major human trafficking conference each year; and...

I engage with my community on issues related to ethics in government.


My experience in consulting includes providing insights on human performance improvement, conducting needs analysis, developing training evaluation plans, strategic planning, and change management. I am experienced at providing training in a variety of areas ranging from human resource development, to the SAT process, leadership development, creating relevant higher education curricula, and ethics in government.

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I can be contacted to speak about:

  • Collective memory of organizational disasters in high reliability organizations

  • Human trafficking awareness

  • Transitioning from training to human performance improvement

  • Ethics and integrity

  • Organizing collective action


I have conducted training as an independent consultant, as an Instructional Technologist working in the nuclear power industry, and working as an educator/ higher ed administrator managing undergraduate and undergraduate programs on the following topics:

  • Conducting Needs Assessments

  • Understanding Organizational Power Influence & Politics

  • Creating Authentic Learning Assignments

  • Using the Systematic Approach to Training

  • Key Elements of Human Resource Strategy

  • Human Trafficking: A Global Problem Taking Domestic Root

  • Creating Human Trafficking in A State of Denial

  • Learning More About Human Trafficking

  • Understanding Domestic Human Trafficking

  • Recognizing & Responding to Human Trafficking in Times of Disasters

  • Prevalence & Types of Human Trafficking

  • Operationalizing Collective Memory: Commemorating Organizational Mishaps and Capturing Lessons Learned

  • The Unknowing Observer: Why Tourists Visit Ground Zero

  • Developing Professionalism: Using the Organizational Socialization Construct to Orient Undergraduate Internship Students to Professional Careers

  • Pimps & Prostitutes: Recognizing Human Trafficking and Organizing Community Awareness

  • Leadership & Followership

  • Ethics in Government/ Ethics & Integrity


Johanna's Research Experience & Projects

The Researcher- Practitioner Side of Johanna

Research Experience

Managing Tolerable Risk: Collective Memory of Lessons Learned from Organizational Disasters

My doctoral research was a qualitative study about the collective memory of organizational disasters, in the nuclear power industry. I focused on how that organizational memory was transmitted at both the individual and organizational levels in the training department of the nuclear power industry.

Other Research Projects

Driven By Curiosity, I Always Manage to Find Something to Research!

Some of the other research projects I have been engaged in are analysis of performance problems at assisted living facilities; survey study of students’ memory of 9/11; level of citizen awareness of human trafficking in the state of Delaware; evaluation study on student internships; and analysis of advisory members’ understanding of their advisory board role.

I have also conducted program evaluation in business and industry, (including comprehensive self assessments and evaluations in nuclear power) and several cycles of program review for accreditation in higher education.

Current Research & Projects

Never A Dull Moment!

Currently, I have several research projects in the works:

  • Observation study of the Ground Zero site at the World Trade Center in New York City.

  • Discourse related to human trafficking in peer reviewed journals.

  • Analysis of student perception of SOC 101 class.

  • Perceptions of ethics concerns related to responding to human trafficking.


  • Producing and Directing the Annual Human Trafficking Symposium.

  • Developing a graduate level certificate program in human trafficking awareness and response.

  • Developing a new flexible learning graduate degree in social sciences.

Due to Covid-19 the 5th Annual Symposium has been rescheduled for May 2021. 

Join us for free monthly educational webinars. Contact me at johanna.p.bishop@wilmu.edu for more information. 

Annual Human Trafficking Symposium

Bringing Together Community Expertise & Scholarly Knowldge to Address the Human, Social, & Criminal Problem of Human Trafficking

Raising Awareness of A Social Problem: Wilmington University’s Human Trafficking Symposium


Johanna P. Bishop, Ed.D.

Wilmington University’s annual human trafficking symposium gathers experts in the field and community expertise to explore, discuss, and offer practical and practice-based solutions to the problem of human trafficking. Over the course of 5 years, this symposium has grown to a 2-day event attracting nearly 300 people, with keynote and plenary speakers, and numerous breakout sessions covering topics including issues related to law enforcement, justice system and legal aspects, health care, social work and human services, mental health, and service providers. Breakout sessions also include topics related to understanding human trafficking, raising awareness among parents, social media dangers, and the role of faith based communities, immigration, labor trafficking, and FBI and ICE regional responses to human trafficking. The symposium offers the Stewards of Children training through its partnership with the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children.

The human trafficking problem affects millions of people worldwide and tens of thousands domestically. It is the second fastest growing illegal global enterprise next to weapons trafficking and a 150 billion dollar a year business, according to the Labour Organization. Several of the most common forms of human trafficking include sexual slavery, labor trafficking, debt bondage, and domestic servitude, and as countries become more aware of what human trafficking is, child marriage. Because of its clandestine nature, it is hard to get exact data on the numbers of people being trafficked. Reports issued by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, the International Labour Organization, and the Unites States Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report estimate upwards of 24.9 million people are enslaved worldwide.

It is almost inconceivable that in the 21st century we should be discussing human trafficking, but as stated in the International Labour Organization’s report, “After much neglect and indifference, the world is waking up to the reality of a modern form of slavery” (p. 6). When the United States issued the Trafficking in Victims Protection Act in 2000, it criminalized modern day human trafficking and established criteria that defined trafficking which was also adopted by the larger international community in the Palermo Protocol. Human Trafficking awareness has been raised in both global and local communities. Sex trafficking gains the most attention because it is easiest to identify, and most traffickers target women and girls. Domestically, within the United States, there has been a 25% jump in human trafficking cases between 2018 and 2019, according to the Polaris Project, a non-government agency operating the National Human Trafficking Hotline and maintaining records on reports and cases of human trafficking within the United States. Polaris first started tracking human trafficking in 2007 and since then over 51,900 cases of human trafficking have been reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.


A question often asked is why is this happening? What is causing human trafficking to grow each year when science and technology has made significant improvements in eradicating disease and extending the human lifespan. Answers can be found in globalization and the opening of national borders, the growing gap between the ‘have’ and the ‘have nots,’ and the easy availability of technology.

Availability of technology and social media put children at risk as perps troll for vulnerable victims. That 12-year old boy or girl befriending a 15 year-old “boyfriend” or “girlfriend” online isn’t aware that at the other end a professional child trafficker is waiting to set a trap by baiting them through an exchange of lewd pictures and exchanging private information.

Trafficking also takes place in youth gangs, in cases of domestic violence, and in families where drug addicted parents willingly sell their children in exchange for drugs. Not surprisingly, human trafficking also affects the disabled population. People with disabilities are especially vulnerable because they may be isolated and want friendship. Traffickers seek out disabled people to get their benefits or social security checks, and they can take advantage of the disabled person’s dependency in other ways including forced prostitution or labor.

Human trafficking is a public health problem. It is a criminal problem. It is a social problem. Raising awareness of human trafficking is necessary in order to build resilient communities. For professionals in the field, learning how to respond to human trafficking requires ongoing education and a commitment to learning.

Wilmington University’s symposium on human trafficking, immigration, child protection, and domestic violence raises awareness of these significant issues. Keynote speakers share their life stories as trafficked victims, breakout session presenters provide their professional expertise, and discussion leaders engage audiences in conversations designed to stimulate critical thinking and problem solving. Raising awareness is important, because by heightening everyone’s awareness of the human trafficking problem we acknowledge its existence; and when we acknowledge the existence of a problem then we can develop a plan to address it. Human trafficking knows no boundaries. It is global and it is local. It is a problem that cannot be ignored.


Copyright February 23, 2020 Johanna Bishop

Contact me for more information about this annual conference held at Wilmington University in Delaware, USA.


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Due to COVID-19, the 5th Annual Symposium has been rescheduled for May 2021. 


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