NASHVILLE, TN — Amy Johnson, an accomplished university leader with vast experience accommodating students to connect their passions to promising career paths, has been selected as assistant provost for immersion and experiential learning at Vanderbilt University. On July 15, she will start her new role.
Johnson joins Vanderbilt from Elon University, where she was associate professor of history and served as the executive director of the Elon Core Curriculum, collaborating with faculty on modes of experiential learning, Elon’s annual common reading and developing capstones. Johnson received her Ph.D. in history from Duke University, and her study interests include the Atlantic slave trade, early colonial Caribbean history, pre-colonial West African history and slavery and resistance.
“I am thrilled that Dr. Johnson is joining Vanderbilt University as an assistant provost in my office,” said Vanessa Beasley, vice provost for academic affairs and dean of residential faculty. “As we prepare for the campus reopening this fall, Johnson’s knowledge of experiential learning will help our undergraduate students plan their own journeys through the university’s many opportunities for growth and engagement.”
Johnson will oversee and assist the Office of Immersion Resources. Immersion Vanderbilt, a component of the Academic Strategic Plan, is a degree requirement that assures undergraduate students to participate in discovery firsthand with assistance from a faculty mentor. Johnson will also collaborate with the Pre-Law Advising, Health Professions Advisory Office and Global Education Office.
“I am excited to join Vanessa Beasley and her team at Vanderbilt,” Johnson said. “Engaging and connecting students of all backgrounds to active learning practices are passions of mine that I feel are essential to the growth of current and future students at this university.”
Effective July 1, Jill Stratton, the current assistant provost for experiential learning, will be promoted to assistant provost for residential education and associate dean for residential colleges. Stratton’s new role will be to help undergraduate learning communities across the campus, while also connecting students with support and resources. She will remain on campus at Nicholas S. Zeppos College.
In 2021–22 through the residential colleges and also the Campus Connectors Program, Stratton will work closely with students, staff and faculty with a focus on sophomores and transfer students.
“I began my Vanderbilt journey amid a global pandemic; however, it did not stop me from continuing my connection and passion for working with students. It made me get creative,” Stratton said. “This upcoming year presents a unique opportunity to strengthen our community more than ever by providing additional opportunities for our students to live, learn and thrive.”
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