Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts
Pamela E. Scott-Johnson, Ph.D., is currently the Acting Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and former Chairperson and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. She earned a B. A. degree in Psychology and graduated magna cum laude from Spelman College (Atlanta, GA) in 1982, and an M. A. and Ph.D. in Psychology and Neuroscience from Princeton University (Princeton, NJ). in 1984 and 1989, respectfully. Dr. Scott-Johnson is a committed teacher / scholar. A famous writer once said, “A teacher is one who brings the tools and enables us (students) to use them.” Dr. Scott-Johnson loves being an educator and administrator and is dedicated to providing innovative and effective teaching and administrative strategies that foster critical thinking and enable students and empower the contribution of faculty and staff.
Dr. Scott-Johnson has directed programs designed to strengthen institutional research infrastructure; advocate, encourage, and strengthen behavioral and biomedical research which will in turn strengthen institutional effectiveness and competitiveness; support acquisition of external funds for qualitative and quantitative scholarly and community endeavors. She has also coordinated efforts in neuroscience education that facilitated faculty and student access and involvement in neuroscience research.
Dr. Scott-Johnson’s primary goals are to build and maintain research activities within the chemical senses and psychosocial and cultural factors associated with body image, eating disorders, and obesity, effectively integrate research and teaching, and involve students in the research activities. Her recent publications focus on gender differences in the perception of weight status and perceptions of weight-based stigmatization. Involving students in her research supports her personal and professional commitment of increasing the number of African-Americans and other ethnic minorities who participate in behavioral, neuroscientific, and biomedical research and academic careers.
Her current academic and research activities focus on service learning and the impact of service learning on student persistence and academic resilience and in developing partnership
Dr. Scott-Johnson has taught Introductory Psychology, Industrial/ Organizational Psychology, Theories of Learning and Behavior, Sensation and Perception, and Cognitive Psychology. She has conducted workshops on effective listening, study skills, productive meeting techniques, and personal effectiveness.
Dr. Scott-Johnson is an active member of the American Psychological Association (Committee on Animal Research and Ethics (CARE); Divisions 1, 2, 5, & 8), Association of Heads of Psychology Departments (Board of Directors, 2007-2008), Project Kaleidoscope (National Advisory Board)/ Faculty for the 21st Century, and the Southeastern Psychological Association (Committee for Equal Opportunities). Prior to her academic affiliations, Dr. Scott-Johnson worked in the food industry as a senior research scientist examining the neural, physiological, and behavioral bases of taste and smell related to food products. Dr. Scott-Johnson has held memberships in the Society for Neuroscience, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN; councilor), the American Psychological Association (APA), Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Division 2 of the APA), Southeastern Psychological Association, and the Association for Chemoreception Sciences (AChemS). Dr. Scott-Johnson represents the University at the institutional liaison for the Leadership Alliance, a consortium of 31 institutions.
Dr. Scott-Johnson is married to Franklin Johnson. The couple has 2 children Scott Louis Andrew Johnson (20 years old) and Sara Elizabeth Amina Johnson (17 years old).