During its 215th commencement, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary honored Anita Johnson with The Calian Prize for Campus Community Service.
This award is given to an exemplary member of the Pittsburgh Seminary community, who demonstrates excellence in carrying out responsibilities and volunteer assignments and also expresses a caring spirit of good will and hope essential in life together as a community. The award is in recognition that all members of the community are an important part of the success of the Seminary.
This year’s award was given to Anita Johnson who served as the head of public services in the Seminary’s Clifford Barbour Library from 1996-1998 and 2000-2011. Johnson’s work focused on reference service, teaching information skills, and supervising interlibrary loan and circulation. “Without a doubt, the favorite part of my work was teaching and helping students,” said Johnson. “That was the heart of the work and gave me the greatest joy. In particular, I loved teaching the international students as part of the master of sacred theology program.”
Prior to coming to PTS, Johnsons served as library director at Notre Dame College and Cabrini College; reference librarian and head of government documents at University of Dayton and Otterbein College; and in public libraries. Johnson earned her master’s from University of Dayton, master’s in library science from Case Western Reserve University, advanced studies diploma from the University of Exeter, and bachelor’s from Wittenberg University. In addition to her work in libraries, Johnson has also taught American history at a number of colleges.
Johnson plans to return to her love of teaching in the future. In the mean time she is enjoying reading, painting, and using her iPad. She is also considering playing the piano and cello again.
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 320 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.