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Jane Johnsen
May 22, 2013 : Dr. Jane Johnsen Awarded Emerita Status Posthumously
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager

Lancaster – A Lancaster Campus assistant professor of education who passed away earlier this year has been awarded emerita status by the Ohio University Board of Trustees. Dr. Jane Johnsen was given the title of Assistant Professor Emerita of Education, Ohio University Lancaster (posthumous). Johnsen passed away suddenly in January.


"This recognition for Dr. Jane Johnsen is well deserved," said Lancaster Campus Dean Jim Smith. "Throughout her tenure at OUL, Jane was an active contributor in the life of the campus. She upheld the standards of Ohio University and was dedicated to teaching, scholarship and service."


Johnsen was hired in September, 1987. She was named 2003 Professor of the Year by members of the Ohio University Lancaster Campus Beta Beta Theta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.


"Dr. Johnsen made significant contributions to OUL. She was a dedicated, outstanding teacher as evidenced by her Professor of the Year Award and many student accolades," said Associate Professor of Accounting Janet Becker in a letter nominating Johnsen for Emerita Status. "Students consistently indicated how integral and supporting Dr. Johnsen was as they pursued their degrees."


In addition to teaching and publishing research, Johnsen made presentations on topics ranging from television production and viewing to computers and technology at the Association of Educational Communications and Technology, American Educational Research Association, the National Survey of Student Engagement Authors Symposium and others. She also took the lead in a mentoring/partnership role with education majors and the Lancaster City Schools and served on many campus committees, including the scholarship committee, advising, computers and technology and women in technology and science.


"Dr. Johnsen made outstanding service contributions to the Ohio University Lancaster Campus. She helped to begin the Women in Technology and Science program at OUL and continued to plan and develop it as an annual campus event for girls in Fairfield and Pickaway Counties," said Associate Professor of Education Kaye Martin in her letter supporting Johnsen's nomination. "Her scholarship focuses on the impact of technology on society and schools; technology/media literacy; and learning and teaching styles as understood through personality type theory."


Johnsen earned undergraduate degrees in English, theater and secondary English education at Wittenberg University and The Ohio State University, and graduate and doctoral degrees in instructional design, school media and technology, also from OSU.


The 60 year old lived in Amanda and is survived by her husband, Don Renner.