Doctor of Philosophy, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2005.
Volunteer teacher Juan Domingo Public School, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, 1994—1995. Graduate teaching assistant Indiana University, 1995—2003. Visiting assistant professor Texas A & M Kingsville, 2003—2005, assistant professor, 2005—2008, associate professor.
Consultant National Endowment of the Humanities, Washington, 2006.
Parent leader Cub Scouts of America, Kingsville, since 2008. Coach Kingsville Youth Soccer Organization, 2004—2008. Basketball coach Boys and Girls Club, 2006.
Community organizer ACORN, New York City, 1992—1992. Member of Texas Faculty Association, South Central Modern Language Association, Popular Culture Association, Moder Languages Association, Sigma Delta Pi Hispanic Honor Society.
Married Michelle R. Johnson. Children: Vela Johnson Julian Dylan, Brody Vela Johnson, Liam Vela Johnson.