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Executive Vice President and Provost

Dr. Chaden Djalali

Chaden Djalali, Executive Vice President and Provost 

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Provost Teachers at Ohio University

Our Teachers
Jodie Foster  

Jodie  Foster

2017-18 to 2019-20

Dr. Jodie Foster is an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences within the College of Arts and Sciences. Her students describe her as an inspirational and well-prepared teacher who is very interested in her students' success. She considers her job complete when she has sold her students "not just on the value of learning anatomy and physiology, but that academics is an exciting, in-depth choice that can lead to career success." Inspiring students in achieving something greater than they believed they could do gives her "intrinsic joy and the passion to continue to improve."  Foster teaches courses on human anatomy and physiology and topics in biological science for non-majors and has published lab manuals on the subject.



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Klaus  Himmeldirk

2016-17 to 2018-19

Dr. Klaus Himmeldirk, the inaugural winner of this award, is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences.  His research focus is the chemistry of thiazolium ions (Vitamin B1) and the discovery of new anti-diabetic drugs that are derivatives from polyphenols (hydrolysable tannins). In his educational work, his focus is on the development of more efficient, thought-provoking laboratory classes in Organic Chemistry.  He strives to prepare students to be independent thinkers and practitioners with an overall goal of creating a demanding and very dynamic laboratory environment in which practical and theoretical aspects of the scientific process are intimately interwoven. Dr. Himmeldirk notes that “Ideally, a teacher should not “impose” knowledge, but “negotiate” with the mind of the learner to allow for an assimilation process to take place.”