About the Dean

dr-ward-johnson.jpgAs a leader in classroom teaching and administration, Dr. Ward-Johnson has served in multiple roles at Elon University and North Carolina A&T over the course of a career that spans nearly two decades. Prior to this appointment, Ward-Johnson served as a tenured professor in the School of Communications at Elon, at times serving as the associate department chair and department chair.

In the last four years at Elon, Ward-Johnson has served as a faculty fellow for leadership and chair of the Leadership Faculty Scholars program and Leadership Advisory Board, elevating leadership best practices across the university by directing and championing the institutions' commitment to leadership education and development for faculty, staff and students.

Prior to that, she served as the co-chair for the Presidential Task Force on Black Student, Faculty and Staff Experiences while serving as the department chair where she led 65 full- and part-time tenured and tenure-track faculty. Duties also included faculty recruitment, mentoring, professional development and scheduling course for more than 1,100 undergraduate and graduate students.

Before Elon, Ward-Johnson was an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at N.C. A&T where she taught courses in news writing, Black Press in the U.S., public relations writing, etc. Ward-Johnson also spent time as a staff writer at the News & Record in Greensboro, a writer and photographer at the Wilson Daily Times in Wilson, North Carolina and as a news and broadcast writer for the Associated Press in Raleigh.

Ward-Johnson received both her bachelor's in English and Journalism and her master's in English and African American Literature from A&T and her doctorate in mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.