Christa Johnson, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President for Research​

Phone: (970) 491-6869
Email: [email protected]


The Office of the Vice President for Research has selected Christa Johnson to serve on its executive committee as the Associate Vice President for Research Administration and began her appointment on May 1, 2015.

Johnson is currently the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Sponsored Research Services at Washington University in St. Louis where she serves as a key member of the research administration senior leadership team.

She regularly participates in strategic planning to develop and implement new research policy and assist in various aspects of university administration and governance. Johnson has led several process and quality improvement initiatives for research administration during her tenure at WU, including consolidating and streamlining contracting and grants processes in the Office of Sponsored Research Services. She also participates in the University Efficiency Implementation Committee and the University’s Shared Services Working Group.

Johnson is a graduate of Stanford University where she earned a joint-PhD in Humanities and German Studies. Prior to joining Washington University in St. Louis, she served as Associate Dean for Research at SIUE, where her areas of responsibility encompassed pre-award grants and contracts operations, all areas of legal and ethical compliance, including IRB, IACUC, RCR, COI, and export controls, and assisting with graduate program review. She also taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in historical studies and comparative literature at both SIUE and Washington University.

Johnson is an active member of the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP), the Council on Government Relations (COGR), the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA). She is a recipient of several awards and has given over 50 national regional and local presentations and workshops. Johnson has served on numerous NCURA and FDP committees, co-chaired, among others, the NCURA PRA national meeting, and was recently elected to the NCURA Nominations and Leadership Development Committee.


Ph.D., Stanford University