Carlyn Johnson was a founding faculty member of the O’Neill School (then-School of Public and Environmental Affairs) at Indianapolis, where she served on the faculty until her retirement in 1998.
She was working on a Ford Foundation grant assisting the Indiana legislature when Dean Charles Bonser tapped her to become a member of the faculty. Johnson taught courses that emphasized public and nonprofit service and the importance of civic engagement.
"I really enjoyed getting to work with the O’Neill faculty and staff,” Johnson said. “They're such great people."
She believes in the importance of an education that provides opportunities for hands-on learning. Knowing that she wanted to give back to the school where she had worked, she created the Johnson Community Service Scholarship to assist students in low-paying or unpaid internships.