Johnson was selected to lead the Universitys largest academic
college following a nationwide search, according to Dr. Patsy Covey,
senior vice president for academic affairs.
I am delighted
that we are able to appoint a person of Dr. Johnsons extraordinary
ability, Covey said. He is an exceptionally bright,
highly respected member of the academic community and a leader in
every sense of the word.
using the colleges resources to promote professional development
of the faculty is among his top priorities as new dean.
my energy will be devoted to encouraging and promoting excellence
in research, scholarship and creative activity among the members
of our faculty.
important is the pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning,
he said. We will work, day in and day out, to improve the
quality of our already outstanding academic programs."
published extensively in scholarly books and journals in sociology,
and is a former editor of the journal Sociological Spectrum. He
is the recipient of numerous grants from the U.S. Department of
Justice, Environmental Protection Agency, Center for Substance Abuse
Prevention, and the National Marine Fisheries Service.
Much of his
research addresses critical issues that impact the region, including
substance abuse prevention, youth violence prevention, diversity
and race relations, and environmental attitudes.
active in the community and has volunteered his professional service
to many local organizations and agencies, including Envision Coastal
Alabama, Leadership Mobile, Mobile AIDS Support Services, Mobile
County Health Department, Mobile County Chapter of the National
Urban League, and the Mayors Task Force on Juvenile Crime
and Domestic Violence (City of Mobile).
A native of
Newport News, Va., he received his bachelor of arts degree in political
science and psychology from Coker College in Hartsville, S.C., his
master of science degree in sociology from Texas A & M University,
and his doctorate in sociology from Southern Illinois University
As the largest college in the University, the College of Arts and
Sciences includes 19 departments and several interdisciplinary programs
offering 38 majors and 30 minors or certificate programs.
also provides the core liberal arts education for all University
students, introducing them to a broad spectrum of knowledge in each
of four main areas: the humanities, social and behavioral sciences,
natural sciences, and fine and performing arts.
of the College of Arts and Sciences are actively engaged in research,
which enables them to integrate recent advances in knowledge into
the classroom. They contribute to the growth of knowledge through
their research, publications and creative achievements, both in
their professions and in the community.
of Arts and Sciences currently enrolls 3,359 students. Now in its
40th year of service, USA has more than 50,000 alumni.