The University of Kentucky Stanley and Karen Pigman College of Engineering is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael T. Johnson, Ph.D., as the new associate dean of undergraduate education and student success, effective July 1, 2023. Johnson, currently serving as the chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the university, brings considerable administrative experience and a passion for engineering education to this important position in the college.
Over the past several years, Johnson has guided the ECE department in expanding the academic programs, growing the faculty and strengthening the departmental research portfolio. He has also been a leader and contributor in several college-level projects as well as the recruitment of several high-level faculty and administrative positions.
In his new role, Johnson will oversee and lead the college's undergraduate education programs, focusing on enhancing the academic experience and ensuring student success. His responsibilities will include, curriculum development, student recruitment and retention efforts, and fostering an environment that supports students in their academic and personal growth.
"I am honored and excited to take on this new role as the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education and Student Success," said Johnson. "I am committed to empowering our students and ensuring their success by providing a transformative educational experience that prepares them to become leaders in their fields. I look forward to working closely with our talented faculty, staff and students to foster a culture of academic excellence."
Johnson received his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University. Throughout his career, he has earned accolades for both teaching and research and served in a wide range of leadership roles, most recently as president of the Southeast ECE Department Heads Association (SECEDHA) in 2021-2022. His research work, which has resulted in more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and over $3.5 million of external funding, focuses on speech and language processing and automatic speech recognition systems.
"We are delighted to have Mike stepping into this vital leadership role," said Rudy Buchheit, Dr. Rebecca Burchett Liebert Dean of the Stanley and Karen Pigman College of Engineering. "His extensive experience, passion for education and commitment to student success make him the ideal candidate to guide our undergraduate programs to new heights. I am confident that under his leadership, we will continue to provide a transformative educational experience that prepares our students to excel in their chosen careers."
Johnson succeeds Kimberly Anderson, Ph.D., who will return to her role as full professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering.