UNCG Campus Weekly

Campus Weekly is published each Wednesday when classes are in session. In the summer, it is published biweekly.

After 14 years as dean, Dr. Tim Johnston will step down

Photo of Dean Johnston

UNCG’s College of Arts & Sciences will enjoy Dean Johnston’s leadership for one more year.

In an email message, Provost Dana Dunn shared the news:

Dear Colleagues,

I write to inform you that after 14 years of dedicated service, Dr. Tim Johnston will step down from the deanship of the College of Arts and Sciences at the conclusion of the 2015-16 academic year. Following a yearlong transition leave, he will return to UNCG as Professor of Psychology.

Under Dean Johnston’s outstanding leadership, the College witnessed a period of significant growth and development. During this time,

  • Undergraduate majors in the College’s twenty departments and seven interdepartmental programs increased 36 percent.
  • Five new PhD programs were established in the departments of Geography, History, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Mathematics and Statistics.
  • 186 new tenured and tenure-track faculty were appointed.
  • Online courses and programs were developed and expanded.
  • An Associate Dean for Research was appointed and the College Research Office established; external funding to the College now totals about $6.5 million annually.
  • New research centers were established, including the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts, the Center for Geographic Information Science, the Atlantic World Research Network, the RISE
  • Network, and the Center for Critical Inquiry in the Liberal Arts (now Merge).
  • Philanthropic gifts to the College totaled $34,336,253.
  • Three new buildings were brought online (Gatewood, MHRA, and Sullivan Buildings).
  • The College’s Annual Celebration of Scholarship and End of Year Celebration were instituted to recognize faculty achievements and enhance the College’s sense of community.

Dr. Johnston joined UNCG’s Psychology faculty in November 1982, ascending the ranks and being appointed professor in 1992. He has taught courses at all levels, from freshman psychology to advanced graduate seminars, including service in the honors programs, Residential College, and the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program. Dean Johnston’s research has focused on the development and evolution of behavior, and he has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and served on several editorial boards and grant review panels. Dr. Johnston’s scholarly record will further enrich our already nationally prominent Department of Psychology.

Please join me in thanking Dean Johnston for his many contributions and for the important work he will do in the coming year to situate the College of Arts and Sciences for the transition.

A national search for the next Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences will be conducted during academic year 2015-16.  Details will be announced early Fall 2015.”