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Academic Affairs - Office of the Provost

Interim Provost Joseph F. Johnson Jr. On June 6, 2018, Dr. Johnson became the Interim Provost and Senior Vice President of San Diego State University.  During the five previous years, he served as the Dean of the College of Education at SDSU, working with faculty, staff, and students to build a national reputation for outstanding teaching, influential research, and high caliber service to school districts, postsecondary institutions, and community organizations.  Dr. Johnson came to San Diego State in 2005 as the QUALCOMM Professor of Urban Education and the Executive Director of the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST).  NCUST identifies, studies, and promotes the best practices of high-performing urban schools and districts throughout the nation.  Specifically, NCUST identifies urban schools that achieve outstanding academic results for every demographic group of students they serve.  They award and study those schools and then help other schools pursue similar results.  Previously, he served as a teacher in Southeast San Diego, as a school and district administrator in New Mexico, as a state department official in both Texas and Ohio, as a researcher at the University of Texas, and as a Senior Executive Service Director at the US Department of Education where he led the nation’s largest federal elementary and secondary education programs.  He earned a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Texas, a master’s degree at San Diego State University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh.  He has received outstanding educator awards in both New Mexico and Texas.  He has published multiple articles, book chapters, reports, and books.  He is married to Dr. Cynthia L. Uline, Professor Emeritus in the Educational Leadership Department at SDSU.  Drs. Johnson and Uline have three adult daughters who have graduated from college and are pursuing careers related to computer programming/information science, museum administration, and social work.

Joseph F. Johnson, Jr. 

Interim Provost and Senior Vice President
(619) 594-6881, [email protected] 

Grace Laurie

Executive Assistant
(619) 594-6882, [email protected]

Susan Shamoon

Front Office Coordinator 
(619) 594-6881, [email protected]          



Provost, President, Lieut. Governor

[Left to right: Provost Johnson, President de la Torre, Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis]