Dr. Lisa Johnson has been named assistant vice president of academic affairs at Tusculum College.
She has served in this position in an interim capacity since August of 2011. During this time, Dr. Johnson facilitated the application process for adding an instructional site in Madison, North Carolina, which includes the submission of a modified prospectus to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). She also made significant contributions to the formation of the new Criminal Justice major program and its required SACSCOC documentation. “Since joining Tusculum College, Dr. Johnson has been a highly competent, positive teacher and faculty member. She brings with her a solid understanding of high quality academic programming and an enthusiastic leadership style,” said Dr. Melinda Dukes, vice president for academic affairs. “ I am thankful that she has accepted the appointment, and I look forward to working with Dr. Johnson, the faculty, Dr. Nancy B. Moody (president of Tusculum) and her cabinet and the staff as Tusculum College grows and thrives in her mission of academic opportunities for traditional-age and adult students.” As assistant vice president of academic affairs, Dr. Johnson will develop, promote, and oversee the articulation and affiliation agreements that Tusculum has with other institutions of higher education. She also works with the Dual Enrollment Project in conjunction with the college’s chief technology officer through the Northeast Tennessee College and Career Ready Consortium grant. She continues to oversee the Academic Resource Center, academic advising, the Registrar’s Office and Faculty Services. She will also oversee the college’s institutional review board. Dr. Johnson provides leadership representing the academic affairs division for the college’s conversion to the Datatel data management system. She has participated in the strategic planning efforts of the college and has been instrumental in leading the efforts to enhance programming, curriculum, and student retention. “I am most grateful for the opportunity to serve Tusculum College in this capacity,” said Dr. Johnson. “I look forward to working with our community partners as we strengthen existing relationships and build new ones to promote the mission of the College.” Prior to her appointment as interim assistant vice president, Dr. Johnson served as school director for the college’s School of Education, a position she was appointed to in 2007. In her role as school director, Dr. Johnson served as an examiner for the Tennessee Board of Education, as an onsite reviewer. In 2006, Dr. Johnson was named as the director of the Academic Resource Center, where she developed a comprehensive plan to address the needs of students with disabilities, as well as enhance opportunities for students at risk. Dr. Johnson joined Tusculum in 2004 as assistant professor of education and has taught courses in both the undergraduate and graduate education degree programs. She has a bachelor’s degree in special education and a master’s and doctorate degree, both in educational leadership, from East Tennessee State University. She holds a Tennessee public school administrator license as well as teaching license. Prior to joining Tusculum College, Dr. Johnson served as an educator in the Greeneville City School System. She is active in the community, serving on the Greeneville City Schools Foundation Board of Directors and The Takoma Foundation Board of Directors.