Danette Ifert Johnson is Assistant Provost and Director of the Integrative Core Curriculum (ICC), a campus-wide liberal arts curriculum launched in Fall 2013. She is also a Professor of Communication Studies and, in fall 2013, is teaching an Ithaca Seminar titled "Did You Hear the One about...? Humor and Well-Being" for the ICC's Mind, Body, Spirit theme. Danette earned a B. A. (speech communication and history) from West Virginia Wesleyan College, an M.A. and Ph.D. (communication studies) from Northwestern University, and a second M. A. (educational psychology) from West Virginia University. Before moving into her present administrative role during summer 2013, she taught for 20 years, including appointments at Texas Tech University and West Virginia Wesleyan College before coming to IC.
Danette's research interests focus on how people refuse requests from others and on communication in instruction. She has worked with students on projects about perceptions of profanity and television portrayals of family communication patterns. Danette is also interested in "whatever my students are interested in researching" and has published papers with students on crisis communication, the effects of media coverage, effective classroom practices, swearing, and nonverbal messages.
Danette is active in the Eastern Communication Association, a professional association primarily serving communication faculty and students in 12 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. She is presently ECA's President and is also a past Executive Director of the association. Danette serves on the editorial review boards for Communication Education, Communication Quarterly, Communication Research Reports, Communication Teacher, and Journal of the Association for Communication Administration. In 2009, Danette was recognized as a Distinguished Teaching Fellow of the ECA, the Association's highest honor for teaching excellence, and in 2012, Danette was recognized as a Distinguished Research Fellow of the ECA, the Association's highest honor for research excellence.
Outside of IC, she enjoys singing in the St. Paul's UMC choir and serving as President of the WVWC Alumni Council. She is an avid fan of the Baltimore Orioles. Her favorite activity is spending time with her family, including her children, Christopher and Grace.