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Home to the Hill: Sarah Johnson returns to Trevecca as a program director

A familiar face on campus, Sarah Johnson began her career at Trevecca in 1999 as a resident director. After years of working in various higher education roles, she’ll take on a new one this academic year: program director.

Johnson, who will also serve as an assistant professor of psychology, was recently named program director for two of Trevecca’s non-traditional degree-completion programs, the Bachelor of Arts in psychology and the Bachelor of Arts in human development and family studies.

The Trevecca veteran is looking forward to her new role, particularly because it will allow her to continue investing in students and preparing them to shape others.

“We live in a society that wants to help others,” Johnson said. “These well-rounded programs provide the foundation students need to understand human behavior, strengthen relationships, and become a servant leader.”

Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree from Asbury College and earned a master’s degree from Trevecca in 2003. After serving as the resident director of Georgia Hall for five years, Johnson served as an adjunct professor in Trevecca’s management and leadership degree-completion program for 14 years. She also served as Trevecca’s remote site coordinator at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tenn.

Johnson is currently working to complete her Doctor of Education in leadership and professional practice at Trevecca.

She is excited to be back on the Hill, which Johnson says she “fell in love with” during her years as a resident director to traditional undergraduates.

More than that, she’s grateful for the opportunity to continue working with non-traditional students, a group that includes adult learners and online students. As the director of two degree-completion programs, Johnson feels a deep responsibility to ensure that the curriculum and format fits the needs of these students.

“I have had the opportunity to work with adult students for many years and it has given me a greater understanding of their unique needs,” Johnson said. “We want to value the experience they bring to the classroom, help them become confident in the online educational setting and prepare them for their next steps and life calling.”

Johnson says that the number of adult learners is increasing in the academic realm and their educational experience and needs look different than that of the traditional learner. She is passionate about providing curriculum and experiences that help them succeed and grow.

“I love seeing people develop and watching them grow,” Johnson said. “Both of these programs encompass that and will equip graduates to help others grow and develop.”

Launched in 2017, Trevecca’s Bachelor of Arts in psychology is offered entirely online and designed to help students explore why and how people behave the way they do, providing a professional level of understanding that will help graduates succeed in a variety of career paths, including business, ministry, public relations, human services and more.

The first cohort in the Bachelor of Arts in human development and family studies will start on Sept. 17. The online program readies graduates for a variety of non-clinical roles in the helping professions as well as preparing them for more advanced degrees, such as master’s programs in sociology, public administration or pastoral counseling.

By Kayla Williamson and Mandy Crow
Media contact: Mandy Crow,, 615-248-1695