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Oregon State University

Jim (James) Johnson

Sr. Associate Dean for Outreach and Engagement; Interim Department Head, Forest Engineering, Resources & Mangement
Snell Hall


Extension Administrative Program Assistant:  Janey Lee

FERM Department Manager: Chelsey Durling

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James E. Johnson is the Senior Associate Dean for Outreach and Engagement in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, a position he has held since October, 2006. He is currently also the Interim Department Head for Forest Engineering, Resources and Mangement.

Johnson is responsible for managing programs related to forestry & natural resources Extension, continuing and professional education, youth and teacher education, distance education, and alumni relations. He holds a B.S. degree in forest watershed management from Colorado State University, an M.S. in forestry from the University of Maine, and a Ph.D. in forestry from Virginia Tech. He has taught in the Forest Technology Program at Lancaster Community College in Virginia, in the College of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and at Virginia Tech. His primary expertise is in silviculture, forest soils, and extension forestry. Johnson joined the faculty of Virginia Tech as an Extension Specialist in Silviculture in 1988. Over the next 18 years he became Extension Project Leader for Natural Resources Extension Programs, and then Asssociate Dean for Outreach for the College of Natural Resources. Johnson has published 41 technically refereed journal articles, 3 book chapters, 1 book, and over 200 total publications. He has also edited 20 books and symposium proceedings. Johnson is a Fellow in the Society of American Foresters, and in 2005 received the society's national award for outstanding contributions to Extension and Technology Transfer. He has received 19 national or regional awards for his work, and has traveled to over 30 foreign countries conducting research, consulting, and delivering presentations on forestry research and education.