Dr. Fannie Gaston-Johansson

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.

Dr. Gaston-Johansson in the News

Dr. Gaston-Johansson named Living Legend

JHU’s Fannie Gaston-Johansson named ‘Living Legend’ by American Academy of Nursing

Interview on the Pain-o-Meter

The HUB at JHU interviews Dr. Gaston-Johansson on the Pain-o-meter and more!

Faculty Highlight: Dr. Fannie Gaston-Johansson

Program named in Dr. Fannie Gaston-Johansson’s honor

Fannie Gaston-Johansson Faculty of Excellence Program (FGJFEP) Description 

Established as part of the Faculty Diversity Initiative in 2015, the Fannie Gaston-Johansson Faculty of Excellence Program (formerly the 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 a result, the FGJFEP 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. 

Johns Hopkins aims to be a preeminent place that outstanding diverse scholars seek for their academic and professional home and then remain and reach their full potential in a welcoming, supportive and intellectually stimulating environment. To achieve this, the university and its divisions must not only do more to address gaps in our recruiting of a diverse faculty, particularly in areas where there has been little or no progress, but also to address persistent feedback regarding the impact of culture and climate on retention and advancement, as well as establish more firmly our commitment to inclusive excellence. 

The overall goal of the Second Roadmap Faculty Diversity Initiative (FDI) 2.0 is to deepen and expand our commitments around diversity, equity and inclusion, building on what has worked while delving deeper into areas that are vital to the current and long-term success of our institution. In order to build strong pathways for diverse scholars to the professorate, FDI 2.0 will work in concert with programs like the JHU Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative and the Provost Postdoctoral Program whose efforts are to diversify the doctoral student and postdoctoral populations at the University. For instance, it would be ideal if the faculty of the FGJFEP would serve as mentors to these students.