Valen Johnson, University Distinguished Professor of Statistics, Interim Dean of Science
Texas A&M University
Based on the recommendation of the search advisory committee and with the approval of the Texas A&M University System Chancellor and the Board of Regents, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Valen “Val” Johnson, University Distinguished Professor and head of statistics as the next dean of Texas A&M University’s College of Science and holder of the Richard H. Harrison III/External Advisory Council Endowed Dean’s Chair in Science. His appointment is effective May 1, 2019.
Dr. Johnson joined the faculty of Texas A&M in September 2012 and was named department head of statistics in 2014. He has served as interim dean for the College of Science since July 2018. Before joining Texas A&M, he served as professor of biostatistics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he held an administrative appointment as acting division head of quantitative sciences and department chair of biostatistics.
Dr. Johnson earned his bachelor of science in mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, prior to serving as a U.S. Army intelligence officer and earning his master of arts degree in applied mathematics from the University of Texas. After earning his PhD in statistics from the University of Chicago, he spent 12 years as a professor of statistics at Duke University. Johnson worked for one year as a technical staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory, then spent two years as a professor of biostatistics at the University of Michigan before joining MD Anderson as a biostatistics professor.
During the past three decades, Dr. Johnson has analyzed comparative intelligences among non-human primates, examined the validity of student evaluations of teaching and developed more effective tests for evaluating cancer drugs.
He has developed models for the reliability of early stage rockets, the space shuttle and the U.S. nuclear arsenal. In addition, he has used his statistical expertise to reinterpret the meaning of statistical significance and p-values. His research has provided new insights into the sources of non-reproducibility of scientific research.
In 2016, Dr. Johnson was named a University Distinguished Professor for his groundbreaking research into problems related to Bayesian hypothesis testing, Bayesian variable selection in ultra-high dimensional spaces and latent variable models for ordinal and rank data analyses. Among his honors, Dr. Johnson was named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. He is also an Elected Member in the International Statistics Institute. Dr. Johnson holds two patents and has published two books, Ordinal Data Models and Grade Inflation: A Crisis in College Education.
We wish to thank the members of the search advisory committee chaired by Dr. Patrick Stover, vice chancellor and dean of agriculture and life sciences, as well as the faculty, staff and students of the College of Science and the outstanding candidates we were able to attract during the search to fill this position.
Please join us congratulating Dr. Val Johnson on his appointment as Dean of the College of Science.
Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a cover letter including a statement of interest, and a list of five references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by October 26, 2018.
Applications and nominations should be submitted electronically in confidence to TAMUDeanSci@spencerstuart.com
. Applicant information will be kept confidential to the maximum extent allowable by law. Additional information and the timeline can be found on this website http://sciencesearch.tamu.edu