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Johnsen, Young Scholars Grad Program Honored by Genesis Group

Retired Provost in Education Hall of Distinction

Written by: Jessica Bates '20, PR Intern

John Johnsen, Utica College provost emeriti and professor of anthropology, and Utica College’s Young Scholars Graduate Leadership Development Program were recognized at the Genesis Group’s 13th Annual Celebration of Education recently.

Johnsen was chosen as a 2018 inductee into the Genesis Group’s Education Hall of Distinction for his long-time dedication and achievements in the education field. A 40-year member of UC faculty, Johnson began his career at UC in 1977. His areas of teaching included medical anthropology, Native American culture and history, and ecological anthropology. Johnsen was a co-author of "Toward a Critical Medical Anthropology," published in a special issue of Social Science and Medicine.

Johnsen also taught for a semester in Krakow, Poland, at the Jagiellonian University. This experience led to the publication of several articles on aspects of Native American history for a Polish academic audience. In addition to teaching and research, he had served as an academic administrator for a number of years and retired earlier this year as the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Johnsen, also former president of the advisory board, was one of the earliest advocates of the Utica College Young Scholars Program.

The Young Scholars Graduate Leadership Development Program was selected as a Genesis Group Celebration of Education honoree for 2018. In January, Utica College’s Young Scholars and The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties partnered to establish this program. The program’s objectives include expanding and formalizing outreach and connection to all Young Scholars graduates, with a focus on those attending college locally or working in the region, as well as continuing the program’s hallmark individualized support, especially to first generation college attendees. Other objectives include establishing a leadership program and providing professional networking opportunities that enable students to expand their personal and professional connections.

About Utica College – Utica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution offering bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. The College, located in upstate central New York, approximately 90 miles west of Albany and 50 miles east of Syracuse, currently enrolls more than 5,000 students in 42 undergraduate majors, 36 minors, 20 graduate programs and a number of pre-professional and special programs. For more information, visit www.utica.edu.  

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