PSU DuBois Psychology Professor Announces
DuBOIS – After 32 years of
teaching and research, and dozens of published articles and awards,Penn
State DuBois Professor of Psychology John Johnson will retire at the end of
has taught at Penn State DuBois since 1981, earning his full professorship in
1995. He completed a research fellowship
at the University of Bielefeld, Germany. He was previously an instructor at Johns Hopkins Evening College, and
Towson State University. He is a member
of several professional organizations, such as the American Psychological
Association, and the European Association of Personality Psychology. Johnson completed his undergraduate work at
Penn State, and earned his masters and Ph.D. in psychology at John Hopkins University.
has published numerous papers in academic journals. Last year he and a group of coauthors
published the book Graphing Jane Austen: The Evolutionary Basis of Literary
Meaning, which examines
literature's affects on human psychology. In 2011, the Dutch IT company iTUDE released a
personality test app for the iPhone and iPad that Johnson designed.
Johnson's colleagues gathered to wish him well and celebrate his career. At that retirement party Johnson expressed
his appreciation for the relationships and experiences he's had while at the
campus. He said, "What I really want to emphasize is the gratitude I feel
about the opportunity to be here."
a Penn State graduate, Johnson had a dream in graduate school of becoming a Penn
State professor. "I have always
been a Penn Stater and I always will be a Penn Stater," Johnson said. "By becoming a Penn State professor, I
fulfilled my most precious career dream. How many people can say that? I'm
the colleagues, past and present, who worked alongside him and supported him
through the years, Johnson said, "Thank you, from the bottom of my heart,
for being part of my dream come true."