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About the Dean


Dr. Robert Frank leads the College of Arts & Sciences in its mission to provide a 21st century liberal arts education that prepares students for successful lives.

The College of Arts & Sciences is central to Ohio University's transformative learning experience. The foundational instruction for the entire university, delivered through the general education and liberal arts curriculum, is provided by the College of Arts & Sciences. The college provides the primary instruction for approximately one-third of the majors on campus, as well as half of the undergraduate credit hours on the Athens campus. In addition, the College offers a number of master's programs and eight departments that offer doctoral degrees.

Before coming to Ohio University, Frank was Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. He also served at Cincinnati as Interim Dean of the Graduate School, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, and Associate Vice President for Research and Advanced Studies.

Frank received a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from Allegheny College, an M.A. in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati, and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology with an emphasis in Neuroscience from the University of Cincinnati. He has a substantial record of research as reflected in peer-reviewed publications, funded research, and the direction of master's and doctoral students. Frank's scholarship is interdisciplinary in nature, involving both biology and psychology, and most recently focused on taste and smell perception. Through his recent research on chemoreception, Frank has investigated the relationship between deficits in the sense of smell and several neurological illnesses.

Frank was a founding partner in CompuSniff, LLC, which was formed in 2002 to develop a medical device designed to help diagnose olfactory disorders that could be harbingers of Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. The device was based on research conducted by Frank and a colleague in the Department of Cell Biology. The Sniff Magnitude Test developed by the company was named one of the best new inventions of 2007 by Popular Science magazine.

Frank became Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences on Aug. 1, 2012. Established in 1936, the College of Arts & Sciences consists of 19 departments and a variety of other interdisciplinary programs, research centers, and institutes. The college has about 280 full-time tenure-track faculty, more than 4,200 undergraduates and 850 graduate students. The college offers 32 B.S. majors and 37 B.A. majors, 29 minors, and 14 certificate programs.

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