Retail merchandising professor Kim Johnson received the University of Minnesota Senate Committee on Educational Policy's award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education. The honor recognizes Johnson's excellence in instruction; instructional program development; intellectual distinction; advising and mentoring; and involvement of students in research, scholarship, and professional development.
"Advising and mentoring of students is the aspect of my job that brings me the most joy," says Johnson. "To be a mentor is to provide the support and encouragement that students need to manage their own learning and to gain confidence in their abilities."
Along with serving as the Retail Merchandising Program Chair since 2002, she's served on the Senate Judicial Committee and College of Design Curriculum Committee since 2010. Her other awards include:
- 2010 - Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Business, Outstanding Research Paper focused on Social Responsibility/Sustainability
- 2010 - International Textile and Apparel Association, Paper of Distinction outstanding research, Merchandising Visual Track; Paper of Distinction outstanding research, Social Psychological Track; Paper of Distinction outstanding research, Merchandising-Management Track; Paper of Distinction outstanding research, Consumer Behavior Track
- 2007 - International Textile and Apparel Association, Best Paper, Consumer Behavior Track
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