Tamara A. Johnson, Ph.D., joined Adler University as its first Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion on July 1. Dr. Johnson will develop and lead a new Center for Diversity and Inclusion to help the University in its mission to graduate socially responsible practitioners through a strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
“I am extremely excited to join the Adler University community. I look forward to building upon the great foundation established and helping to advance our institutional equity, diversity, and inclusion goals,” said Dr. Johnson, who has a decade of experience serving in senior diversity roles in universities.
Most recently, she was the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Student Affairs at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, a large public university of about 10,000 students. She has also served as the Director for Faculty Diversity Initiatives at the University of Chicago, where she led institutional efforts to recruit and retain diverse faculty, and as the Executive Director for Multicultural Affairs at Northwestern University.
Prior to specializing in diversity work, Dr. Johnson was trained as a psychologist and worked in career services and organizational consultation. She taught psychology at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
“I am pleased to welcome Dr. Johnson to Adler University,” said President Raymond E. Crossman, Ph.D. “With her vast expertise, I know she will be a valuable addition to our University, helping us to ensure success, excellence, and inclusion for all students, faculty and staff.”
Dr. Johnson was selected following a six-month search process facilitated by a committee of students, faculty, and staff from all three campuses of the University. She is joined by Melissa Moore who is acting in the role of Program Manager for Diversity and Inclusion.
Dr. Johnson’s first priority is to immerse herself in Adler University’s history, culture and community—including the unique aspects of each of the University’s three campuses. She will work closely with the Adler University Diversity Committee, and is meeting with students, faculty, staff, and administrators as part of her onboarding to better understand the needs of the University community.
“Hearing a range of perspectives, in addition to analyzing institutional data, will help us determine the needs, challenges, and opportunities that will serve as important pieces for our Center’s strategic plan,” Dr. Johnson said.