Pamela Scott-Johnson has been named provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, effective Aug. 9.
She comes to Monmouth from California State University in Los Angeles, where she served as the dean of the College of Natural and Social Sciences for five years.
Scott-Johnson’s selection was announced by the university Aug. 11.
At Cal State LA, Scott-Johnson led the largest college at the university, with more than 150 faculty members in 12 departments serving nearly 6,000 undergraduate and 500 graduate students. During her time there, the university earned a No. 1 ranking for upward mobility from The New York Times.
Scott-Johnson is published in professional journals and has been principal investigator for a large number of research and program development grants, totaling more than $5 million. Her research topics include eating disorders, body image and sensory systems, and increasing the number of minority students in the psychology pipeline.
“I am delighted that Dr. Scott-Johnson will lead our strategic efforts to invest in academic excellence,” said Monmouth University President Patrick Leahy in a prepared statement. “Her vision and experience will help us develop new, high-quality, market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs that meet the needs of a rapidly changing student body. Her commitment to teaching and research excellence will be critical as we transition from a top-tier regional institution to a national university with a growing portfolio of doctoral programs.”
Prior to her time at Cal State LA, Scott-Johnson spent nearly 15 years at Morgan State University in Baltimore, serving in a variety of roles including interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts, as chair of the department of psychology, professor of psychology, and founding director of the psychometrics graduate program. She also spent 10 years as a faculty member at Spelman College in Atlanta.
Prior to her transition into higher education, Scott-Johnson was in the corporate world. She worked for nearly nine years as a senior research scientist for Kraft General Foods, where she was an expert on taste and smell, according to her hiring announcement.
“I look forward to partnering with faculty to advance Monmouth’s tradition of excellence in teaching, and engaging our students to become co-creators of knowledge,” said Scott-Johnson. “Together we will design an exciting and innovative curriculum that helps all of our students have clarity about how their skills, their gifts, and their talents fit into the new economy.”
Scott-Johnson succeeds Rekha Datta, who served as interim provost and senior vice president of academic affairs for two years.
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