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Michael D. Johnson

Michael D. Johnson

Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs


Michael D. Johnson, Ph.D., serves as UCF’s interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

As the chief academic officer, he leads UCF’s academic programs and initiatives across 13 colleges, which serve nearly 72,000 students and support more than 3,000 teaching and research faculty. His responsibilities also include multiple campuses, research centers and institutes. In addition, he manages UCF’s academic operating budget in collaboration with the president’s office, vice presidents, deans and other academic leaders.

Dr. Johnson joined UCF in 1990 and in 2011 became dean of the College of Sciences, where he is also a professor in the Department of Physics. The college spans natural and mathematical sciences, social and behavioral sciences and communication. As dean, Dr. Johnson oversaw all the college’s education, research, and service activities.

His other roles at UCF have included serving on the University Budget Committee, Budget Realignment Committee, and the IT Governance Committee. He has also been engaged in overseeing global academic programs, chairing dean and provost searches, serving as associate dean and interim chair, and assisting the provost’s office with faculty collective bargaining agreement negotiations, grievances and discipline. As a scholar, his research is in theoretical condensed matter physics, including nonequilibrium high-current transport in nanodevices, quantum statistical mechanics of integrable systems, fractional statistics, and pattern formation in complex fluids.

He earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Virginia.