Douglas Johnson, Ph.D.
Named to LCOM Teaching
Academy as a Distinguished Educator
We are pleased to announce that MMG Professor Doug Johnson, Ph.D., has been accepted into the LCOM Teaching Academy as a “Distinguished Educator,” the highest level of membership. He is also the first in this category from a basic science department. The mission of the Teaching Academy is to become a community of educators that leads educational innovation and scholarship by promoting faculty members' pursuit of educational excellence and scholarship.
Professor Johnson was also recently named Vice Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and has been a faculty member in MMG since 1988. During his tenure here, he has taught graduate students, postdoctoral trainees, medical students, and laboratory technicians, as well as thousands of undergraduate students. He has designed and directed courses and entire majors and has personally advised and mentored over 200 undergraduates, 130 honors students (per year), and 82 laboratory researchers. He has also won several teaching awards, from the CALS Joseph H. Carrigan Award (2004) to the UVM Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award (2008).
After leading the undergraduate programs at MMG for sixteen years and serving as the Director of the CALS Honors Program and CALS Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Dr. Johnson became Vice-Chair of Undergraduate Education for MMG in January of 2019. In this role, he has already led the revival of MMG’s 5-year B.S/Master’s program, helped formulate new undergraduate courses and programs in Biomedical Methods, Bioterrorism, Bioinformatics, and Cancer Genetics, and led our initiatives to hire and mentor the next generation of Educator-Scholar faculty at MMG.
Thank you for all of your hard work and congratulations, Doug!