Johnson will join BVU in mid-August.
Dr. Jacqueline Johnson, who has served as vice president for academic affairs at St. Martin's College in Lacey, Wash., since 1998, has accepted the position of vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Buena Vista University, according to an announcement from BVU President Fred Moore.
"Dr. Johnson brings a wealth of talent and experience that will help us take our academic program to new levels of distinction," Moore said.
Before assuming her position at St. Martin's, Johnson was professor of sociology and chair of the department of anthropology and sociology at Grand Valley State University in western Michigan. She also served as that university's first director of general education, implementing and coordinating the general education assessment program.
"There was consensus across our campus that Dr. Johnson is the right person for the job," said Dr. Michael Whitlatch, professor of speech and drama at BVU and chair of the search committee. "We were impressed with her depth of knowledge, especially as it relates to assessment. She will be an effective leader to continue the implementation of curriculum reform at BVU. Dr. Johnson also is warm and personable and has a good sense of humor."
Johnson earned her bachelor's degree at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minn., and her master's degree and Ph.D. in sociology at Purdue University. Her research and teaching interests are cross-disciplinary and include social psychology, social history, women's studies, and cross cultural studies.
In addition to her responsibilities as academic vice president at Saint Martin's, Johnson was engaged in a comparative study of children's understanding of their own and others' political culture.
This study, conducted in collaboration with a colleague from the Krakow Academic of Economics in Krakow, Poland, uses children's drawings from several cultural settings as a vehicle for exploring their experiences.
Johnson has been engaged in national projects related to higher education reform and is a founding member of several community and national organizations, including the Grand Rapids, Michigan, Women's Historical Commission and the National Organization of General Education Directors.
She and her spouse, Serge Lisk, are the parents of five children, including Nadia Johnson Lisk, who will be entering her sophomore year in high school this fall.