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since MIT PhD:
- l969-1975: Assistant Professor of Chemistry, The Johns Hopkins University (JHU).
- 1976-1986: Associate
Professor of Chemistry, The Illinois
Institute of Technology (IIT).
- 1983-1992: Director of IIT's Educational Technology Center (ETC). This
unit has since been renamed the Academic Resource Center (ARC).
- 1984-2000: Director, IIT's Summer Institutes for Science, Math,
Engineering, and Technology (SMET).
- 1985-1994: Director, IIT "Summer Institutes on Computer Modelling in
Mathematics and Science" for "Gifted" students in the Chicago Public High Schools.
- 1986-1992: Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Precollege, Honors,
and Minority programs, IIT. Since renamed Dean of the Undergraduate College.
- 1990-1996: IIT Director, National
Science Foundation (NSF- ERH) Midwest
Comprehensive Regional Center for Minorities (CRCM], (Access 2000).
- 1993-present: IIT Director, National
Science Foundation (NSF- [LS-AMP])
Illinois Alliance for Minority Participation (ChAMP).
- 1995-2001: Director, IIT's 1st , 2nd, 3rd,
4th, 5th and 6th Annual
Undergraduate Research Conference since renamed IPRO Day.
- 1998-2000: Vice President, IIT's Armour Faculty Club. President-elect
of the Faculty Club 2002-2008 (AFC).
- 2005-present IIT Academic Safety Officer.
- Present -: Professor
of Chemistry, BCPS Department,
Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).
- l964-l965: NSF Undergraduate Fellowship, University of Illinois (Professor Ken
- l965-l966:Sun Oil Graduate
Fellow,Massachusetts Institute of
- l966-l968: National Science Foundation (NSF) Predoctoral Fellowship, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (MIT).
- 1991:AMOCOAward for
"Excellence in Teaching and Service".
- 1992:Bauer Award for
Excellence in Teaching Freshmen. This Award recognized excellence in
teaching freshmen chemistry, an important core course, to 300 students,
- 1995 and 1999:Student Organization Faculty Advisor Award. Nominated by
the Union Board (UB). I have
been Faculty Advisor since 1984.
- 1996: Recipient of the Nationally Acclaimed "Anderson Award for Quality" for programs
involving Coalitions with Business, Universities, and Government -
Presented to the six "Access 2000" Coalition PI's.
- Recognized by IIT's
Millennium Project as one of the most influential people in IIT's last
- 1995-2001: "Best Professors
2000-2001", Speakers for his exciting talks sponsored by the West
Suburban Higher Education consortium.
- 2001: "Student Organization
Faculty Advisor Award." Nominated by the Union Board (UB), IIT Armour Ski
Club and the IIT Rock Climbing Club. Presented at the Stryker Dinner.
Professional Societies Prof Johnson is or has been a member of:
Recent Externally Funded Programs: More than $4 million Since 1985.
NSF, DOEd, FIPSE, and Foundation programs I
am involved with:
Education is the answer;
Universities and Faculty should lead the
IIT Gifted Program: To help HS Students
become Science, math, and Computer
literate. This 4-week program attracted $300,000 over 8 years and was funded
by the Chicago Public School System impacting nearly 800 high school
Director of "Access 2000", (
(NSF-CRCM), A six membered Chicago area coalition seeking to increase the
number of underrepresented students choosing technical fields of study,
$3,800,000 over 5 years, I have designed and run four precollege and/or teacher science, math, and
DASH: Discovery Approach to Science
enHancement for rising HS sophomores. As IIT Director of "Chicago AMP" ChAMP, (NSF-AMP), A six university
coalition seeking to increase the number of underrepresented students
receiving BS or BA degrees in technical fields, $7,000,000 over 15 years to
coalition, I have run three college level programs for science, engineering, and math
EID: Early IDentification
for rising HS juniors.
Community HAWK: A computer centered program for Chicago
middle school students.
Build-A-Computer: To help K-8 teachers become computer literate.
IIT Director of "Chicago AMP" ChAMP, funded by IBHE
and NFS, I have sent many UG students to National Conferences.
As IIT Director of "Illinois LS-AMP",
I am happy to say that the original ChAMP group has been expanded to include
downstate partners and continues its successes in SMET programs initiated by
ChAMP. NSF funding of $2,500,000 continues thru 2015.
As Principal Investigator of the FIPSE- BMT Project ($240,000 for
3 years), I work with many of my colleagues to recruit and prepare AAS
students for entry into IIT's Bachelor of Manufacturing
Technology (BMT) Program. The BMT program is housed in IIT's MMAE
Clinics on Proposal
Writing and WWW-HomePage generation are offered through the
Technical Communication and Information Design (TCID) Program. These 2 day
programs average $4000 for a long weekend for 20 students and can be held at
IIT or on site. Send me an E-mail
message for more information.
As Director of IIT's 1st , 2nd, 3rd, 4th,
5th, and 6th Undergraduate Research (UGR) Conference, I funded a forum for
IIT's students to present their UGR research results to their peers. The
University now uses he format to include its IPRO students. I also have send
IIT-AMP Scholars all over the US to present their research results.
I teach both Organic Chem 237 and
Chem 239 and Freshmen chemistry, CHEM124. My
CHEM124 Web page
links to the Fall schedule
and homework assignments.
(Left this link for historical reasons. I am not teaching CHEM124 this
As a pyrotechno expert, I am well known for the
explosions I perform in class and the "Show and Blow" demonstrations I put on
for visiting students and community groups and their parents.
The CHEM 124 class ends with
student poster presentions. The presentations stress chemistry and the
environment. Professors teaching CHEM124 recently have continued this
tradition. Lets keep our air clean so we can continue to admire our planet
from space as in this fantastic "JPG" picture of the earth taken from space
using an infrared lense.
As an organic chemist, I also teach courses in my specialty, organic
chemistry, including sophomore CHEM237 and
CHEM237 fall 2000 Web
page has the syllabus and class schedule for this class as well as
homework assignments. I also teach the advanced mechanism and syntheses
courses, CHEM455, CHEM530 and CHEM 531 which are often on IIT/V. In 2001,
CHEM530 pioneered a web-based streaming video format.
Union Board: Leaders in student
activity programming. I have been the faculty advisor to UB since 1984 attending
most of the Tuesday programming meetings and nearly all of the regional NACA conferences. Here is the UB 2000: Group
Photo "The Gang".
"UR Therefore UB"to paraphrase the noted philosopher and
As an outdoor person and
Advisor to the IIT Outdoor
Club, I have created Pages of local (1 hr.) and distant
(3hr.) places, including maps and photos. If you use these materials to plan a
trip, let me know how it went. Illinois Dept. of Natural
Resources has a list of parks close to Chicago. Outdoor events and trips
are planned by the UB Outdoor programmers.
The Outdoor Club has plans for
another hike at Starved Rock
State Park and a spring canoeing
trip on the Kankakee River.
The fall canoe trip will be on the Wisconsin River
putting in at Sauk City and doing
the one day trip to Arena. The 2 day trip to Spring Green involves camping on a sandbar.
I have led 5 student
trips down river.
The IIT Skydiving Club invites Faculty and students to take the leap with
them at Sky Dive Chicago. Free
falling from 13,000ft at 120 miles/hour will give you a new view on life?? Your first jumps will be
tandem so don't worry, be happy. Many at
IIT have now made the jump.
The IIT Rock Climbing Club Sponsors events for
students and faculty at the Old Town "Fitplex" Gym. We will repel down the "3 story shear" cliffs at Missisippi
Palisades State Park after a canoe trip on the Mississippi River leaving from
Miller's Landing. The club brings a "portable wall" to to campus
to test their skills.
The IIT Armour Ski Club just
got back from Devil's
Head and Cascade
Mountain ski areas, both north of Madison, Wisconsin. Previous Spring
Break trips were to Vail and
Beaver Creek in Colorado. What a great 15 hr. train trip to Denver. We partied
all nite!. This year we went to Boyne Highland and Nobs Nob in Michigan for a
IIT went 20 years without a yearbook but in the last
several years that has changed. As Faculty Advisor to "The Integral" I have
provided many of photos related to student activities for the first (recent
memory) issue on the Class of 99. This year's editor is gathering materials to
meet the early spring publishing deadlines for 2001.
IIT's past has been documented by its student newspaper, Technology News
(TechNews). Articles are about student accomplishments, faculty, research, and facilities. TechNews
produced IIT's Millennium Project.
The TechNews' Governing Board is proud of the papers continuing efforts.
The Photo Club meets
on the web as a "Virtual" group to learn about photography and the equipment
(I love my Nikon N-70) needed to take
great photos such as those sold to the
Suntimes, IIT's Student Handbook photos,
photos, Admission Book
pictures, or just great outdoor photos.
For the last six years, I have spent long, sunny
weeks as an IIT A-Team Faculty member recruiting in Puerto Rico. It is a
beautiful island. If you are not familiar with the area, checkout my
"Nationally aclaimed" Puerto Rico Journey web
page which I have posted for the benefit of IIT's Puerto Rican students. I
have returned to the Island every year since 1986. This year I spent most of
my time SCUBA diving the walls off 6 miles south of La Parguara on the Islands
How to contact me:
Be Happy! See you on the web
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