Dr. Johns has led the mission and day-to-day operations of Samford’s Professional Studies program since October, 2015. Dr. Johns, who also serves as a member of the university’s organizational leadership/criminal justice part-time faculty, came to Samford from Faulkner University, where she served as vice president for academic affairs.
Prior to assuming leadership roles in that office, Dr. Johns served as the director of Faulkner’s institutional review board and faculty college. Her lengthy list of professional specializations includes experience working with regulatory and accrediting agencies, serving as a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges reviewer, leading successful education technology initiatives and developing, implementing and assessing campus-wide strategic plans.
Dr. Johns also served Faulkner as a professor and the director of its American Bar Association-approved Legal Studies program. She has developed and taught hybrid and fully-online courses in the subjects of leadership, administration and law.
Before transitioning to leadership in higher education, Dr. Johns worked as an attorney with the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals and in private practice, focusing predominantly on the fields of regulatory law (Medicaid), probate, estate planning and domestic relations.
Dr. Johns holds a J.D. from the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law at Faulkner University, a M.A. in Public Administration (non-profit emphasis) and a B.A. in history, both from Auburn University Montgomery.
Dr. Johns has shared her legal, educational and administrative expertise in more than a dozen volunteer roles, from university task forces and academic committees to the Alabama State Bar. She has served as a peer reviewer for the American Association for Paralegal Education’s national journal as well as publishing and/or presenting numerous works with a higher education focus.
Her list of awards and special recognitions include Faulkner University’s Outstanding Educator of 2009, the 2010 President’s Volunteer Service Award presented by the Corporation for National and Community Service and a special 2014 proclamation from the Faulkner University Board of Trustees recognizing her service in successfully implementing its eCampus program.
Dr. Johns enjoys theatre, running and travel. She and her husband, Bo, live in Hoover. They have one child, Ella Grace, who attends the Alabama School of Fine Arts.