Having completed a PhD in comparative literaure at the University of Illinois, Roger Johnson served in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures from 1967 until 1990 with a break for the US Army and sabbaticals in Alexandria, Egypt and Tübingen, Germany. He chaired the department, directed a graduate program in comparative literature, and with Mark Clark directed a well-funded interdisciplinary minor in Humanities. Editha Neumann, Guy Trail, and he edited Molière and the Commonwealth of Letters. Giovanni Fontecchio and he edited and translated Elsa Respighi’s Cinquant'anni di Vita nella Musica. After leaving Southern Miss, he headed a division of language and literature at Lewis-Clark State College before moving as dean of arts and sciences to Lock Haven University. Retiring as provost in 2009, he returned to teach part-time at Penn State University. Retiring again, he served as interim associate provost at Mansfield University. He and his wife Patricia live in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania.