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Janet Johnson

Professor, Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
  • Dean Emerita, College of Human Resources and Education


Janet Johnson, who retired in 2002, worked for Virginia Tech for 26 years. Prior to attending graduate school, she taught high school home economics before returning to school for her masters and doctoral degrees at Cornell University. She and her husband Jim were the recipients of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences "Hall of Fame Award" for 2015. This award honors significant leadership, service, and philanthropic contributions demonstrating Ut Prosim to the college, the CALS Alumni Organization, the university, and their community, and meaningful impact to the areas of agriculture and life sciences.

Johnson serves on the Roanoke Symphony Board and Rotary International (District Governor). She is also an Extension volunteer and a board member of Virginians for the Arts.

Read more about Dr. Johnson in the 2015 Summer issue of HealthBEAT.


Carbohydrate content of grains and ultimate impact on baking quality using wheat flours

Research contributions:
Collaborated with the Agronomy Department on quality of wheat varieties
Developed a sensory evaluation course with the Food Science Department

HNF 2334 Meal Management
HNF 4234 Food Communication Media
HNF 5004 Orientation to Research
HNF 5014 Sensory Evaluation of Food
HNF 5234 Carbohydrates and Plant Pigments in Foods
HNF 5304 Quality Changes in Foods
HNF Science of Food

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AAFCS Distinguished Service Award
AAFCS Leadership Award
Borden Research Award
College Diversity Award
College Teaching Award
Phi Kappa Phi Educator

1972, Ph.D., Foods and Nutrition, Cornell University
1970, M.S., Foods and Nutrition, Cornell University
1963, B.S., Home Economics, Purdue University