Join us in honoring Dr. Johnston's legacy

I am writing to ask you to join me in honoring Dr. Timothy Johnston, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, who is stepping down as Dean after 14 years of service in that role and returning to the Department of Psychology to continue his teaching and research.

My association with Tim Johnston has been one of the strongest and most long-lasting bonds I have had with this great university.  I have known Tim since he first came to UNCG in 1982 as a postdoctoral fellow in Professor Gilbert Gottlieb’s laboratory in the Department of Psychology.  I had the pleasure of serving on the search committee that recommended Tim’s appointment as Assistant Professor of Psychology in 1983.  I have worked with him continuously since those early days—as a friend and colleague. While I was Associate Dean of the College, Tim was Head of Psychology and then Dean of the College.  Since I retired, I have gladly served on the Advancement Council of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Over the decades, I have come to know Tim very well and to observe his integrity, wisdom, courage, insight, innovation, and utmost dedication to the mission of the College.  He has been a superb scholar, teacher, and administrator whose influence has been deeply positive for the entire University community.

Now it is time to honor him by establishing an endowment in the College of Arts and Sciences, the income of which will support the work of College faculty.


Dr. Robert Gatten is Emeritus Professor of Biology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he conducted research, taught undergraduate and graduate courses in animal physiology. He also served as head of the Department of Biology and Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.

About Dr. Timothy D. Johnston

Timothy D. Johnston

The Timothy D. Johnston Faculty Fellowship Fund has been established to provide the College of Arts & Sciences faculty members the opportunity during summer terms to participate in research or pursue creative projects. The fund is established to recognize the valuable work of Dr. Timothy D. Johnston, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, from 2002.

Dr. Johnston joined UNCG’s Psychology faculty in November 1982, ascending the ranks and being appointed Professor in 1992.  He has taught courses at all levels, from freshman psychology to advanced graduate seminars, including service in the honors programs, Residential College, and the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program.  Dean Johnston’s research has focused on the development and evolution of behavior, and he has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and served on several editorial boards and grant review panels. 

Under Dean Johnston’s outstanding leadership, the College witnessed a period of significant growth and development. 

  • Undergraduate majors in the College’s twenty departments and seven interdepartmental programs increased 36%. 
  • Five new PhD programs were established in the departments of Geography, History, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Mathematics and Statistics. 
  • 186 new tenured and tenure-track faculty were appointed.  
  • Online courses and programs were developed and expanded. 
  • An Associate Dean for Research was appointed and the College Research Office established; external funding to the College now totals about $6.5 million annually. 

Additionally, new research centers were established, including the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts, the Center for Geographic Information Science, the Atlantic World Research Network, the RISE Network, and the Center for Critical Inquiry in the Liberal Arts (now Merge).  Philanthropic gifts to the College totaled $34,336,253 under Dean Johnston’s direction.  Three new buildings were brought online (Maud Gatewood Studio Arts, Moore Humanities and Research Administration, and Sullivan Science Buildings).  The College’s Annual Celebration of Scholarship and End of Year Celebration were instituted to recognize faculty achievements and enhance the College’s sense of community.

The Timothy D. Johnston Faculty Fellowship Fund was established to honor Dean Johnston for his 14 years of service to the College of Arts and Sciences as the Dean from 2002-2016.

We hope to have the fund fully endowed by September 2020.