Arthur T. Johnson
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

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Dr. Arthur T. Johnson has been a member of the UMBC community since 1980, and Professor of Political Science since 1993.  As Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Johnson serves as UMBC's chief academic officer.  Dr. Johnson reports directly to UMBCÍs President, Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, and is responsible for development and implementation of the academic program and for overseeing coordination of all academic planning and related resource functions.  The Provost works through the Deans to oversee administration of the campus's academic program, including curriculum, academic policy, academic personnel policy and procedures, faculty affairs, and academic space management.  Further, the Provost oversees the administration of all academic support services, such as the library and computer services.  The Provost serves as a member of the President's Council and presides in the President's absence.

Dr. Johnson's wide-ranging experience at UMBC includes serving as Chair of UMBC's Political Science Department (1991-94 and 1997-98), Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs (1994-96), and Chair of UMBC's Middle States Self-Study Steering Committee (1994-96).  He also has been actively involved in shared governance as Chair of the Council of University System Faculty (1991-92), a member of UMBC's Faculty Senate Executive Committee (1989-94), and Chair of the Senate's Faculty Affairs Committee (1989-91).

After earning his Ph.D. in political science from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1975, Dr. Johnson taught at Indiana University/Purdue University-Fort Wayne and Muskinghum College, in Ohio, where he chaired the Public & International Affairs program.  He is the author of Minor League Baseball and Local Economic Development (University of Illinois Press, 1993) and co-editor of two other books.  Dr. Johnson has served as a Faculty Associate in the U.S. Merit System Protection Board's Office of Policy Evaluation, and was a Lincoln Fellow with the National League of Cities.