For immediate release: 07/24/96
Contact: Margie Yu, Public Affairs Assistant
Los Angeles, CA -- July 24, 1996 -- Pasadena resident Jo
Ann Johnson has recently been appointed to the position of
acting dean of the School of Health and Human Services
at California State University, Los Angeles, effective August
1, 1996. She has been a faculty member of Cal State L.A. since
1968 and has served as chair of the Department of Nursing from
1989 to January, 1996.
Dr. Johnson earned her bachelor's degree at Vanderbilt University,
Tennessee, and her master's degree at Columbia Teachers College.
In 1975, she received her doctorate in public administration at
USC's School of Public Administration. She is a licensed Registered
Nurse and Public Health Nurse with a research specialty in the
administration of public hospitals. She was the recipient of a
pre-doctoral nurse scientist fellowship from the U.S. Department
of Health Education and Welfare from 1969 to 1975.
As chair of the Department of Nursing, Dr. Johnson increased department
resources by helping to strengthen partnerships between Cal State
L.A. and community healthcare service organizations. She has served
as acting chair of the CSLA Department of Health and Safety, as
chair, vice-chair and executive committee member of the Academic
Senate and as coordinator for Health Related Programs.
Dr. Johnson has published articles on negotiation, performance
evaluation, staffing, nursing management and healthcare delivery
in public hospitals. She currently serves on the editorial board
of Nurse Week. She is also a frequent speaker on such topics
as nursing education, collaboration between service and education,
outcome assessment, authority and accountability and legal aspects
Dr. Johnson has been an active member of many professional organizations.
From 1980 to 1989, she was an accreditation visitor for the Council
of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs of the National League
for Nursing. She has served as president for San Gabriel Valley
Nursing Consortium and is immediate past president for California
Association of Colleges for Nursing.