Christa Johnson, Associate Dean for Research in the Graduate School, has been at SIUE since January, 2006. Johnson holds a Ph.D. in Humanities and German Studies from Stanford University and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. She teaches a broad range of courses in the areas of comparative literature, history, and cultural studies, and she currently serves as a Co-Investigator on an NSF ADVANCE IT-Catalyst award. Johnson has served in a number of capacities for various professional organizations, including the National Council of University Research Administrator (NCURA) as an elected regional board member. She has also been the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships, including the Whiting Dissertation Fellowship, the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) fellowship, and the 2007 NCURA Kevin Reed Outstanding New Professional Award.