The University of Minnesota Crookston is pleased to announce Rosemary Erickson Johnsen, Ph.D., has been named the next Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Johnsen currently serves as the division head for Business, Arts, and Education, and will start her new role May 1, 2023.

Johnsen came to Crookston in 2022 and previously served as the associate provost and associate vice president of academic affairs at Governors State University in Chicago, Illinois. In those roles, she was on the leadership team that oversaw the Higher Learning Commission re-accreditation for their campus, the university’s strategic plan, and a major strategic enrollment planning process. Prior to her most recent appointments, Johnsen co-directed study abroad programs for Michigan State University’s Office of International Studies and Programs; she also served as professor of English for 12 years at Governors State, and as a visiting assistant professor at Michigan State and Grand Valley State University.

Johnsen is an active scholar and writer, with expertise in crime fiction, 20th and 21st century British and Irish literature, and public scholarship. Her most recent publications include a co-edited book, Public Scholarship in Literary Studies (Amherst College Press, 2021), a scholarly article on Edith Meiser’s 1930s Sherlock Holmes radio serial (2023), and a forthcoming article in Reception advocating for continuing scholarly engagement by administrators entitled “Reading on the Dark Side or, the Productive Pleasures of the Scholarly Administrator.”

“I am enthusiastic about the Senior Vice Chancellor role as an opportunity to expand the scope of my leadership and impact at UMN Crookston,” Johnsen remarked. “My time as UMN Crookston’s division head for Business, Arts, and Education reflects my commitment to the university and has allowed me to become familiar with campus challenges and opportunities, and to begin supporting faculty in their research, teaching, and service in order to provide UMN Crookston students with high quality education.”

“I’m also excited to be a part of the University of Minnesota System,” she added. “I think I can represent the Crookston campus well.”

The Senior Vice Chancellor reports to the Chancellor and serves as the ranking executive officer in the Chancellor’s absence. The SVC is the chief academic officer and provides overall leadership for academic affairs at UMN Crookston, striving toward excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarship across the disciplines.

“I’m pleased with Johnsen’s appointment and she will bring strong academic leadership to the campus and experience from both our campus and her previous roles,” Chancellor Mary Holz-Clause shared. “Thank you to Dr. Tony Kern who has served as the interim vice chancellor since July 2022.”

Johnsen currently lives in Crookston with her husband, Bill, who is a professor of English, and they have two children in their 20s. Their daughter, Lenna, earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota, and their son, Arnold, is currently enrolled in the School of Statistics’ doctoral program at the University of Minnesota.

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