On May 7, 2021, Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Lisa Monda-Amaya announced that Dr. Laurie Johnson agreed to become the next Interim Director of the Campus Honors Program. Dr. Johnson will work to maintain the traditional strengths of the Program, while broadening the base of faculty involvement and enriching collaborative relationships between students and faculty. Dr. Johnson currently serves as Interim Associate Director of the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics, and as Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. She also has campus affiliations as Professor in the Program in Comparative and World Literature and in the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory. Dr. Johnson received the BA in International Politics and German Studies from Northwestern University, and the MA and PhD in German from Washington University. She is the recipient of several teaching awards and has taught and conducted research at public and private universities, a liberal arts college, and a community college. In addition, Dr. Johnson has coached faculty around the country for the Faculty Success Program at the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity.
Dr. Johnson is excited about working with the CHP faculty, staff, and students. She plans to connect with and learn from all the stakeholders who care about the CHP, and has many ideas for infusing new and exciting initiatives into the Program.