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Camille Su-Lin Johnson, Ph.D., Dean, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Science, Cal Poly Pomona

With almost 20 years in higher education, Camille Johnson has expertise in inclusive student and faculty success as well as demonstrated leadership of interdisciplinary, cross-functional and collaborative teams within large and diverse universities.


She began her career in academia as an assistant professor of Management at the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business at San Jose State University, rising to full professor, then rising through several leadership positions including interim chair of the Department of Education Leadership, acting chair of the School of Management and associate dean for Research and Faculty Success for the SJSU College of Social Sciences.


As a social psychologist, Johnson has concentrated her research on interracial interactions, first-generation college student performance, and analyses of women’s representation in the social sciences.


An accomplished scholar and professional leader, Johnson is an elected fellow of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, for which she also serves as treasurer. In addition, she promoted women higher education as the State Chair of the ACE Women’s Network – Northern California.


Recent Grants and Fellowships:

  • National Science Foundation, “Directed Comparisons as Social Influence” (BCS-1052834) (6/11-6/13)
  • National Research Service Award Individual Fellowship, “Extension of Carryover Effects of Self-Presentation” (1 F31 MH64238-01), (9/01 – 9/04)
  • Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Claro Mayo Grant, “Stereotype Threat: Age of Emergence in African American Males,” 1998)

Selected Publications:

  • With J.L. Smith, S. Mendez, J. Poe, E.A. Daniels, E. Skop, H. Song, & D. Willison, “Impressions and Outcomes of Initiating the Co-Creation of Faculty’s Annual Review Criteria with Inclusive Dialogues” (in prep)
  • With J.L. Smith & C. Van Laar, “Editorial: Women in Academia, Challenges and Solutions to Representation in the Social Sciences,” Frontiers in Psychology (Forthcoming)
  • Asking the Right Questions: Crafting Inclusive Interview Questions,” The Department Chair, 33(2), 25-26, 2022
  • Intersectional Identities and the Woman Chair’s Experience,” The Department Chair, 32(2), 21-22, 2021
  • Developing Women Chairs: Challenges and Recommendations,” The Department Chair, 31(4), 3-5, 2021
  • With L.M. Dunn-Jensen & P. Wells, “Sketchy communication: An experiential exercise for learning about communication in business,” Journal of Education for Business, 1-11, 2018 DOI: 10.1080/08832323.2018.1498314
  • With M.A. Olson, K.L. Zabel, & J.E. Philips, “Different Sides of the Same Conversation: Black and White Partners Differ in Perceptions of Interaction Content,” Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 48(8), 424-436, 2018 DOI:10.1111/jasp.12522
  • With C. Wang, “Sage on the Stage: Women’s Representation at an Academic Conference,” Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 43(4):493-507, 2017 DOI: 10.1177/0146167216688213
  • With K.L. Zabel, M.A. Olson, & J.E. Philips, “What we talk about matters: Content moderates cognitive depletion in interracial interactions,” The Journal of Social Psychology, 155(6), 545-552, 2015 DOI: 10.1080/00224545.2015.1032197
  • With R.H. Gramzow, & G. Willard, “Boasts are a boost: Achievement prime self-reactivity predicts subsequent academic performance,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106(3), 458-468, 2014 DOI: 10.1037/a0035560
  • “Behavioral responses to social comparisons: From dastardly deeds to rising above,” Social Psychology Compass, 6(7), 525-524, 2012 DOI: 10.1111/j.1751- 9004.2012.00445.x
  • With N.M. Stephens, S.A. Fryberg, H.R. Markus, & R. Covarrubias, R. (2012). Unseen disadvantage, How the university’s focus on independence undermines the performance of first-generation students. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102(6), 1178-1197, 2012 DOI: 10.1037/a0027143



B.A., Psychology, Carleton College

M.A., Applied Psychology, Claremont Graduate University

Ph.D., Psychology, The Ohio State University

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