Fannie Gaston-Johansson Faculty of Excellence Program

Program Description

Established as part of the Faculty Diversity Initiative in 2015, the Fannie Gaston-Johansson Faculty of Excellence Program (formerly Target of Opportunity Program) has been a key component to increasing faculty diversity over the past five years. The impact of this program includes the recruitment of 35 tenure track faculty across the University. Despite the progress towards faculty diversity made over the last 6 years, two key challenges that must be addressed in the next iteration of the program are the lag in diverse faculty recruitment in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines and the need to build stronger networks to support faculty advancement and success as retention. As a result, the Fannie Gaston-Johansson Faculty of Excellence Program will use cluster hiring as a strategy to encourage and support interdisciplinary cohorts of faculty with targeted community-building, leadership development, competitive start-up packages, and other strong infrastructure supports.

The goal of the Fannie Gaston-Johansson Faculty of Excellence Program is to hire and support:

» 20+ tenured or tenure-track faculty members,

  • who substantially contribute to promoting diversity and inclusive excellence in STEM,
  • in four to seven distinct clusters over six years (FY23 through FY28); and

» 10+ non-STEM tenured or tenure-track faculty members,

  • who substantially contribute to promoting diversity and inclusive excellence in non-STEM
  • over six years (FY23 through FY28)

A key benefit of this program is that departments are allowed to recruit faculty outside the traditional search timelines.

The first African-American woman to be a tenured full professor at Johns Hopkins University, Fannie Gaston-Johansson is an internationally renowned nurse educator, researcher, and clinical practitioner. In 2007, she was named the first chair of the School of Nursing Department of Acute and Chronic Care.

Dr. Gaston-Johansson directed the Center on Health Disparities Research, was named to the Maryland Task Force on Health Care Access and Reimbursement by former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, is the recipient of the National Black Nurses Association’s Trailblazer Award, and has received citations from the U.S. Congress and the government of Sweden for her international and domestic research endeavors.

JH affiliates can view a recorded informational webinar on accessing the Fannie Gaston-Johansson Faculty of Excellence Program, a program designed to support the recruitment, retention, and advancement of faculty who demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence.

Please contact Roland J. Thorpe, Jr., PhD, Associate Vice Provost of Faculty Diversity, via email at     
rthorpe@jhu.edu.

The Office of the Provost, with support from the Vice Provosts for Diversity and Inclusion and Faculty Affairs, has developed the following Call for Proposals for the Fannie Gaston-Johansson Faculty of Excellence Program, a program designed to support the recruitment, retention, and advancement of faculty who demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence.