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February 8, 2023

Elaine Johannes and Annette Maggio recognized as Professor and Professional Staff of the Week

Submitted by Candace LaBerge

Professional Staff and Professor of the Week

Elaine Johannes, associate professor in the College of Health and Human Sciences, and Annette Maggio, assistant to the dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, were recognized as Professor and Professional Staff of the Week at the Feb. 7 men's home basketball game.

Faculty Senate, the Office of the President, K-State Athletics and the Division of Communications and Marketing wish to recognize their contributions to K-State.

Johannes is the Kansas Health Foundation Distinguished Professor of Community Health for K-State Research and Extension and is a state extension specialist in the applied human sciences department in the College of Health and Human Sciences. She has degrees from Kansas State University in psychology, adult and community counseling, and lifespan human development.

Her focus is on working with networks, systems and teams to address community health issues related to health disparities, unequal access to health care and the social determinants and conditions impacting health. As an extension specialist, Johannes' applied research and practice focus on resilience and well-being among families in poverty, adolescent health and community engagement.

Johannes is a member of the executive committee for the Kansas Maternal and Child Health Council for the Bureau of Family Health, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, serves on the state’s Public Health System Group and is a governor's appointee to the Kansas Department of Corrections Kansas Advisory Group for Juvenile Justice and the governor’s Vaccine Equity Task Force in response to the global pandemic.

Along with her Extension work, Johannes joins Extension colleagues in teaching courses for community health workers with the Kansas Community Health Worker Coalition, supervises community-based practicum and internship placements and teaches graduate courses in grant development and writing. The grant development course has been offered with the University of Nebraska's University Partnerships and Exchange for Rwanda program with funding from the U.S. State Department.

Maggio has served the College of Arts and Sciences for 40 years in a multitude of ways during her employment with the dean's office.

Maggio is warm, professional, kind and supportive and has an exacting eye for detail. She coordinates communication among units in the college — between deans and department heads, for example — and between people in the college and those elsewhere in the university. Countless deans and assistant deans have relied on her, and she is beloved by all.

She will be indispensable during this year of transition as our interim dean oversees strategic planning and the university seeks to hire a new dean.