Danette Ifert Johnson is Vice Provost for Academic Programs, overseeing curriculum development, accreditation, assessment, and review for academic programs at Ithaca College. As Vice Provost, she presently supervises the Center for Academic Advancement (Advising, Tutoring, Student Accessibility), Exploratory Program, Center for Faculty Excellence, Honors Program, Integrative Core Curriculum, Office of International Programs and Extended Studies, Ithaca Seminar, College Library, Office of the Registrar and Office of State Grants (HEOP and C-STEP). Danette serves as institutional liaison to the New York State Department of Education and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. She is also a Professor of Communication Studies.
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 an administrative role, 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 a past President and past Executive Director of the association. 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.