2010 UW Honorary Citation Report – Johnson

Citation recipient Professor Curt Johnson with Dean Jeanette Roberts

Citation recipient Professor Curt Johnson (left) with Dean Jeanette Roberts (right)

Curt Johnson joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy faculty in 1978. He was one of the first faculty members in the clinical pharmacy group at the school. He arrived with a special interest in nephrology pharmacy and soon became a member of the nephrology section of the UW Department of Medicine, an appointment he held until his retirement in 2003. In the span of his career, Prof. Johnson became recognized nationally as one of a small number of pharmacy faculty members with expertise in nephrology pharmacy. The majority of his publications reflect his work in patients with kidney disease.

While a faculty member here at UW, Prof. Johnson was an active participant in campus activities outside of the school. He helped launch the current academic staff governance system, served on the important campus planning committee, was a member of a campus self-study committee for university accreditation and served on search committees to hire campus administrators.

Within the school, Curt rose to the rank of full professor, served a term as associate dean for student and professional affairs, served two terms as chair of the pharmacy practice division, and assumed a wide variety of other administrative duties. He has also been a very active participant in the work of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin, the professional organization representing all of pharmacy practice throughout the state, currently serving as the editor of the journal.

Since his retirement, Prof. Johnson has served as the associate director of the School of Pharmacy Global Health program, a position from which he just recently stepped down. In that capacity, he also served as a senior advisor to the UW Center for Global Health. His international interests have created opportunities for UW pharmacy students to study in Thailand, Ecuador and Oman. Prof. Johnson has also participated in many medical mission trips to Central and South America and Asia.

During his 32 years at the UW, Curt has embraced the university’s mission of teaching, service and research and has lived out the Wisconsin Idea of extending the influence of the university beyond the boundaries of the campus.