Biology professor of 28 years receives distinguished faculty award

April 27th, 2016


This year’s Distinguished Faculty Award has been given to associate Biology professor, Jeffrey Johansen.


This award is the highest honor a faculty member can receive and it recognizes teaching excellence, service and leadership of students. The member is selected by the University Community and is presented annually to a full-time faculty member.


“I was very surprised. There are a lot of great professors in the biology department, [and] every one is very strong and good” said Johansen.


Johansen has been a professor at Carroll for 28 years and is an advisor to freshman, sophomores, juniors, seniors and grad students in the Biology department. He also teaches several courses, including Climate Change, Principles of Biology III, Algae, Aquatic Resources and next fall, Exploring the Natural World, which is part of the new core.

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Johansen knew he wanted to be a college professor at a university since sophomore year of college.


When asking Johansen why he chose to teach at John Carroll, he laughed and stated, “because the University offered me a job.”


Although,it wasn’t long until he knew it was a great fit.


“I like the University’s strength of student body. I feel John Carroll is more scholastic than state schools,” said Johansen. “I felt like I could make a career here, so it was great to come.”


Johansen is also involved a great deal besides being an advisor and professor. He is hosting a national conference this summer from July 24-30 at JCU, where all people from his scientific society will present their research.


Students can help with the conference this summer by collecting and performing lab work on algae.


“I have plenty of students in a research program where we work in a lab, collect data and publish stories together,” said Johansen.


This national society is called the Phycological Society of America. Phycology is the study of algae. The society produces a scientific journal of peer-reviewed scientific papers. Johansen is expecting 220-250 attendees.


Two years ago, Johansen also hosted the 19th Symposium of the International Association for Cyaonphyte Research. 80 researchers from all over the world attended that meeting that took place on JCU’s campus.


Johansen is married with three grown children ages 26-33 and outside of class, he does more research. This summer he will spend 88 days in the Czech Republic, where he will lead a team of 10 Czech researchers at the University of South Bohemia. This is a part of a funded project to study the cyanobacterial genera of Europe through the use of molecular methods. He has collaborated with this group of researchers for ten years. In his spare time, he enjoys singing and playing guitar and has performed with bands in the Czech Republic.


Johansen will receive a cash prize and an engraved plaque for his award, which will be presented at commencement. A reception will be held in his honor in room A 202/203 of the Dolan Center for Science and Technology on Thursday, May 5 at 3:30 p.m.