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 of nursing.
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.