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Walter F. and Mary Jane Johnson Dissertation Research Scholarship

Dr. Walter Johnson was a distinguished faculty member in MSU’s Department of Educational Administration, serving on the faculty from 1948-1981. Among his many awards and distinctions include being a Fulbright lecturer, researcher, and consultant to ministries of Education and Federal Universities worldwide. Within the United States, Dr. Johnson also served as consultant to many collegiate institutions, state and federal agencies and offices, and as a member of the board of trustees of three colleges in Michigan.

Professionally, Dr. Johnson has given much in terms of service including President and Treasurer of the American Personnel and Guidance Association and as Executive Council member of the American College Personnel Association. In addition, he has published, edited and co-edited a number of books and articles.

Walter F. and Jane Johnson

Dr. Johnson has received numerous awards for outstanding service or achievement including MSU’s highest honor, “The Distinguished Faculty Award;” the University of Minnesota Regent’s “Special Commendation for Outstanding Achievement” as well as the “Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education Award” from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

Mary Jane Johnson graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, with a double major in English and Music. Her interest in music began at age five thanks to her father, an accomplished tenor. She began teaching piano at age sixteen and has continued private piano lessons all of her life. During her college years she used her musical talent to earn part of her way through college as an accompanist for the voice department, playing in a dance band, and teaching piano. Later, she taught music and English in secondary schools in Wisconsin, where she met her husband.

The Johnsons have three children. In 1948 they moved from the University of Minnesota to Michigan State University. Mary Jane has always had an active interest in out graduate students and their welfare. She became known as “Godmother” to students and their spouses from many foreign countries—Thailand, Philippines, Japan, Brazil, and others, helping them to become adjusted to the American way of life. Her orientation lectures in the earlier years became part of fall term routine. Many students included her name in their dissertation dedications. With her involvement in the personal, social and professional lives of our graduates and broad participation in university and community organizations, many of them have given her the title of role model.