On Monday, August 23, East Carolina University’s Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences inducted another member of its faculty into the ranks of distinguished professor, an honor bestowed upon a new recipient at the beginning of each academic year
During the college’s annual faculty convocation held in Wright Auditorium, Dr. Jeffrey C. Johnson, professor of sociology, was named the 2010 Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor.
The Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professorship is one of the most prestigious at ECU and is conferred upon a professor whose career exemplifies a commitment to and a love for knowledge and academic life, as demonstrated by outstanding teaching and advising, research and creative productivity, and professional service.
Throughout his nearly 30 years of academic service to ECU, Johnson has displayed the qualities and characteristics required of a Distinguished Professor.
Johnson has taught many courses at ECU, including medical anthropology, maritime anthropology, introduction to sociology, society and the individual, social statistics and introduction to biostatistics, among others, exhibiting his love for knowledge and academic life. Over the years, he has mentored more than 16 master’s students and 19 doctoral students, serving as chair or a member of their thesis and dissertation committees.
Contributing to the professional realm, Johnson is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Sociological Association, the American Anthropological Association, the American Fishery Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and many other organizations.
He was the founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Quantitative Anthropology from 1989-1996. Currently, he serves on the editorial boards of Open Sociology Journal, and Field Methods, and he is the associate editor of the Journal of Social Structure and co-editor of Human Organization.
Within his research specialties, Johnson has received more than 50 grants, including more than $2 million in funding within the past five years alone. He has published a dozen books, monographs and edited volumes, and he has authored or co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, papers, technical reports, book reviews and book chapters.
Letters of nomination from colleagues within and outside the ECU community were praiseworthy of Johnson’s contributions to his chosen field, adding to the impressive case for inducting him into the prestigious group of Thomas Harriot Distinguished Professors.
“I consider Jeff Johnson to be one of the finest social scientists I know,” writes an ECU colleague. “He has a unique background and set of skills that has produced voluminous productivity, and he has had a major impact across a diverse array of disciplines.”
An external nomination letter reads, “Dr. Johnson has consistently shared his work as well as the rewards that come from his work with others. He is truly an exemplary colleague and mentor to many people. He richly deserves the recognition that comes with the title Harriot College Distinguished Professor.”
Johnson is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, where he received his doctoral degree in social science (‘81), and his bachelor of arts degree in anthropology (‘75). Johnson joined the faculty of ECU in 1981. He serves in a number of roles, including professor in the departments of sociology, anthropology, biology and biostatistics; senior scientist for the Institute for Coastal Science and Policy; director of the National Science Foundation Summer Institute for Research Design in Cultural Anthropology; and social science program manager for the Army Research Office.