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Retirement party planned for William Johnson

September 12, 2011
William C. Johnson

William C. Johnson

After 42 years at NIU, Distinguished Teaching Professor William C. Johnson retired Thursday, Sept. 1.

The Department of English will host a celebration open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in the Pollack Ballroom of the Barsema Alumni & Visitors Center. Accolades will be given at 3 p.m. All are invited.

Johnson, who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1969, specializes in 16th and 17th century literature; reformation literature, history and theology; and interdisciplinary humanities.

In August of 1991, he joined accountancy professor Richard Baker and mathematical sciences professor Robert Wheeler as the first three winners of the then-new Presidential Teaching Professorship. Johnson also won theĀ  Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1988.

For more information about the Sept. 22 farewell reception, call (815) 753-0612.