After beginning his academic career at Boston University and the University of Massachusetts, Johnson-Cramer joined the management faculty at Bucknell University in 2004. His leadership roles there included chairing the interdisciplinary global management program and serving as associate dean of faculty for the College of Arts and Sciences, founding director of the School of Management, and interim dean of the Freeman College of Management. He led efforts to plan for and establish the Freeman College, to achieve initial AACSB accreditation in three years, and to implement an interdisciplinary curriculum, including new majors and minors.
While at Bucknell, Johnson-Cramer partnered with the admissions office to help improve enrollment and with the alumni relations and advancement offices to increase donor engagement and support.
“My passion is preparing students to confront society’s grand challenges, but neither business nor any other discipline can solve these challenges alone,” said Johnson-Cramer. “As dean, I hope to forge stronger ties between the school’s faculty, IC’s other schools, and the business world. Together, if we can teach students to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries, we can have enormous social impact.”
Johnson-Cramer received his Doctor of Business Administration degree from Boston University, MBA from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University. His academic research focuses on the causes of conflict between companies and their stakeholders, and he has published work on how to cultivate stakeholder dialogue in global companies, the nature of managerial discretion in stakeholder relationships, and the processes of organizational decision-making. His professional affiliations include the Academy of Management, International Association for Business and Society, and Society for Business Ethics.
Johnson-Cramer will begin his new position at Ithaca College on July 1, 2022. He succeeds Alka Bramhandkar, professor of finance and international business, who has been serving as interim dean of the School of Business since 2020.