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Educational studies professor accepts associate dean position

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 31, 2006) -- Professor Aimee Howley has been named the associate dean for research and graduate studies at the College of Education. In her new position, Howley will oversee research, graduate programs, grants and contracts. She will also spearhead faculty development and support efforts.

A professor in the Educational Administration Program since 1997, Howley will now play a vital role in fostering and facilitating graduate education and sponsored research in the College of Education. She will serve as the college?s liaison to the Ohio University Vice President for Research and the Office of Graduate Studies.

Dean Renée A. Middleton says it is Howley?s work as a prolific scholar that has allowed her to move up through the ranks. In the last five years alone, Howley has procured over $300,000 in grants and contracts focused on improving education in southeastern Ohio and other rural locales.

?Aimee has a very good working knowledge of the college, our research interests and strengths,? Middleton said. ?She has the right background and experience to put the appropriate structures in place that will strengthen and support the work of our faculty and advance the research and scholarship mission outlined in our Vision Ohio strategic plan.?

Prior to receiving her doctorate from West Virginia University, Howley was a public school teacher and administrator in West Virginia?s Jackson County. She then served on the faculty of the University of Charleston, the West Virginia Institute of Technology and Marshall University before coming to Athens.

Howley will assume her new responsibilities Dec. 1, 2006, joining the college?s Academic Leadership Council, Administrative Team, and Society of Alumni and Friends.  

?Building a culture of research means increasing productivity through expanded support, on-going dialogue and collegiality, and celebration of accomplishment,? Howley said. ?In my new role, I am proud to devote my attention to supporting the efforts of novice and seasoned researchers across the college community.?

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