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The list below provides information about Centers and Institutes that have been approved by the Board of Trustees.

For links to other types of centers, institutes, and related academic programs at Ohio University, please visit: https://www.ohio.edu/academics/programs (this page not maintained by VP for Research).

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College of Arts and Sciences

The African American Research and Service Institute*

The Institute provides a framework and an interdisciplinary group of faculty from most of the university's colleges to conduct research and establish community dialogue in the areas of public education, health, and multicultural heritage.

Daniel Moak, Ph.D., Director

The Astrophysical Institute

In September 2004, Ohio University 's Board of Trustees authorized the establishment of the Astrophysical Institute (ApI). The creation of the ApI recognizes the growth in astrophysical research at the university and will facilitate plans to increase Ohio University 's national and international reputation in this field. The astrophysics group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy has improved the university's astronomy curriculum, involved increasing numbers of undergraduate and graduate students in research, and forged a vigorous collaboration of faculty with active research programs that make use of major telescopes around the world and in space.

Doug Clowe, Ph.D., Director
Clippinger 333, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-0063; clowe@ohio.edu

Charles J. Ping Institute for the Teaching of the Humanities

This Institute supports activities involved in the teaching of the humanities. The Institute was founded in honor of President Emeritus and Trustee Professor of Philosophy and Education, Dr. Charles J. Ping.

Fred K. Drogula, Director
201 Trisolini Gallery, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-4266; drogula@ohio.edu

The Center for Law, Justice & Culture

The center is an interdisciplinary academic community dedicated to advancing scholarship and teaching by integrating programs and uniting faculty and students who share a common interest in law's constitutive and formative role in cultural, political, and social life. For faculty, the center advances research excellence by fostering collaboration, grant acquisition, mentorship, and professional relationships with national leaders in the field. For students, the center provides opportunities to study law and justice from a liberal arts perspective, bringing together interdisciplinary viewpoints from anthropology, criminology, political science, sociology, and other departments across the social sciences and humanities.

Kevin Uhalde, Ph.D., Director
423 Bentley Annex, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-0220; lawcenter@ohio.edu

Center for Intervention Research in Schools (CIRS)

The Center is dedicated to conducting cutting-edge research and providing innovative training experiences for students interested in clinical child psychology. Our research focuses on the evaluation of school-based interventions for youth with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other disruptive behavior problems, the development of innovative interventions that maximize success for youth and families, and the identification of factors most associated with positive outcomes for youth, families, and schools. The center is committed to providing high-quality training experiences that prepare undergraduate and graduate students to conduct interdisciplinary treatment outcome research. The center is also dedicated to developing collaborative, mutually-beneficial relationships with schools and agencies that simultaneously advance scientific knowledge and address community needs.

Steven Evans, Ph.D., and Julie Sarno Owens, Ph.D., Directors
200 Porter Hall
Ohio University
Athens, Ohio 45701-2979
(740) 597-3236 (toll free: 1-877-724-4241); info@oucirs.org

Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics

The Institute was established in 1991 to bring coherence to the several successful but diverse nuclear science activities taking place within the department. The institute is a perfect vehicle for sponsoring joint seminars, inviting visiting scientists, providing matching money for new initiatives with federal funding agencies and national laboratories, and generally promoting and supporting research in these fields.

Julie Roche, Ph.D., Director
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979

Ohio Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Studies

Willem Roosenburg, Ph.D., Director
247 Life Sciences Building
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-9669; roosenbu@ohio.edu

Institute for Quantitative Biology

The Institute serves to stimulate and focus interdisciplinary research and training efforts to quantitative biology. The field brings formal mathematical analyses and computer modeling techniques to the study of the complex systems and expanding databases of the life sciences. Participating departments include Biological Sciences, Mathematics, and Physics & Astronomy.

Peter Jung, Director
Wilson Hall (West) 013
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-2112; jungp@ohio.edu

Center for Ring Theory and Its Applications

The Center will further the study of ring theory, a branch of Abstract Algebra, by promoting the growth and development of collaboration and communications with the external research community and internally through doctoral and master's students.

Sergio Lopez-Permouth, Ph.D., Director
Morton Hall 315e
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-1262; lopez@ohio.edu

*College academic review process.

College of Business

Center for Consumer Research and Analytics*

The Center for Consumer Research and Analytics provides opportunities for students across the University to engage in high-impact, authentic, learning experiences focused on consumer research projects, many of which will utilize data analytics serving industry partners.

Jacob Hiler, Ph.D., Director
Department of Marketing
Copeland Hall 409B
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-2007; hilerj@ohio.edu

Center for Entrepreneurship*

The Center for Entrepreneurship aims to contribute to Ohio University’s entrepreneurial ecosystem by enhancing entrepreneurial education, university-based entrepreneurial activity and regionally focused venture development in southeast Ohio. The Center for Entrepreneurship and its partners host a wide variety of programs and events encouraging entrepreneurial development on campus and beyond.

Paul Benedict, Executive Director
Department of Management
301 Alden Library
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 707-1303; benedict@ohio.edu

Center for International Business Education and Development*

The Center for International Business was founded in response to increasing globalization in business. It provides life-changing experiences to help students excel in today's diverse and complex business environment.

Colin Gabler, Ph.D., Director
Department of Marketing

530 Copeland Hall
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-2024; gabler@ohio.edu

The AECOM Center for Sports Administration*

The AECOM Center for Sports Administration is home to the world's best programs for future leaders in sport. The Center was founded to serve as a resource to solve the increasingly difficult issues facing the industry and serves as a platform, bringing together various constituent groups associated with the Ohio University Sports Administration Program.

Matt Cacciato, Executive Director
Department of Sports Administration
CBA 304
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 597-9069; cacciato@ohio.edu

Robert D. Walter Center for Strategic Leadership*

The Robert D. Walter Center for Strategic Leadership provides dynamic leadership and management focused programs designed to help students discover and develop their inner leader.

Tim Reynolds, Ph.D., Executive Director
Department of Management Systems
614 Copeland Hall
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-2062; reynolt1@ohio.edu

The Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre at Ohio University*

The Centre's mission is to develop Ohio University students as tomorrow's sales stars and leaders; to support sales leaders with value-added sales research and professional development opportunities; and to enhance the sales profession.

Adam Rapp, Executive Director
209A Copeland Hall
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-9328; rappa@ohio.edu

*College academic review process.

Scripps College of Communication

The Institute for International Journalism

The Institute for International Journalism (IIJ) is part of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, carrying out many of the school's international initiatives. Its goals are to prepare students to work as international journalists, support research on topics related to international journalism, enhance communication among journalists, students and media scholars, and cooperate with global partners in journalism education.

Jatin Srivastava, Ph.D.
Director, Institute for International Journalism
Professor of Journalism
E. W. Scripps School of Journalism
248 Scripps Hall, Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701
Tel & Fax: (740) 593-3136; srivastj@ohio.edu

WOUB Center for Public Media

The Center manages public broadcasting, and other public service technologies that extend the university's reach to a wider public. The Center operates WOUB/WOUC public television, Public Radio broadcasting on five FM area transmitters as well as an Athens based AM radio transmitter, online services, and other non-broadcast services. All areas of the Center serve as professional laboratory settings for university students including television, radio and digita; [roduction and broadcast, news, and operations.

Mark Brewer
395E RTVC Building
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-4785; brewer@ohio.edu

Barbara Geralds Institute for Storytelling and Social Impact

The Storytelling Institute’s mission is two-fold: (1) to create and tell stories that have social relevance and impact; and, (2) to research all aspects of storytelling from inception, delivery through diverse means, and personal and public reactions to stories. The Storytelling Institute combines the practical art of storytelling with the academic study of narrative activity. It fosters traditional forms of storytelling and also envisions and navigates the future of storytelling in the rapidly changing digital age.

Lynn Harter, Ph.D.
109 Lasher Hall
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979(740) 593-4830; harter@ohio.edu


The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education

OHIO Center for Clinical Practice in Education

The central purpose of the Center, from 1990s to present, has been to foster and support outreach activities that connect the College with regional schools.

The school/college Partnership addresses five goals that focus on the improvement of classroom teaching, student engagement and student learning, mentoring, and inquiry:

  1. To improve P-12 education for all students;
  2. To provide increased opportunities and enhanced quality in field experience for prospective teachers in P-12 classrooms;
  3. To construct mentoring relationships for prospective teachers as they learn through teaching, in the company of experienced mentor teachers;
  4. To support and encourage continuing professional development for faculty and administration in PDS Partnership schools and in the Department of Teacher Education, Human and Consumer Sciences, and Educational Studies at Ohio University;
  5. At an organizational level, to learn through Partnerships about how to best develop and strengthen the concept of Partnerships at Ohio University, in order to best support and sustain teacher learning in the interest of student engagement and learning, P-16 and beyond.

Marcy Keifer Kennedy
Director, OHIO Center for Clinical Practice in Education
Patton Hall, 433A
(740) 593-9989; keiferm1@ohio.edu

Child Development Center*

This Center provides developmental child care.

Lisa Frasure, Director
The Ridges, Building 27, Horse Barn Lane
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-1819; frasure@ohio.edu

Institute for Democracy in Education*

The Institute for Democracy in Education provides research and consultation services to agencies serving historically marginalized and underserved K-12 students, as well as their families and other caregivers. The institute conducts, sponsors, and supports culturally responsive research, program evaluation, and other related work such as providing technical assistance to educators, parent groups, and community organizations.

Linda Fife, director
218 Patton Hall
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 597-3364; fife@ohio.edu

George Hill Center for Counseling & Research*

The Center is the home of Counselor Education training.

Mona Robinson, Director
432D Patton Hall
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-4461; robinsoh@ohio.edu

Center for the Study and Development of Literacy and Language

This Center focuses on literacy and language development initiatives.

Julie Francis, Director
340 Patton Hall
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-4419; literacy@ohiou.edu

*College academic review process.

Russ College of Engineering and Technology

Center for Advanced Materials Processing

The Center focuses on interdisciplinary manufacturing applications for both traditional and new, high-technology materials. In the use of traditional materials, the center explores various applications of Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) as a tool for optimizing product, process, and quality control., thereby increasing productivity and reducing costs. The Center concentrates on researching the behavior of high-technology materials (such as composites, powder metallurgy alloys, intermetallic compounds, and polymers) in production, since many must be processed within narrow temperature and deformation ranges to prevent the formation of defects. The challenge for the Center lies in gaining an understanding of the mechanical and thermal characteristics of a wide range of materials and designing processes which accommodate these characteristics.

Muhammad Ali, Ph.D., Director
257 Stocker Center
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(616)780-2667; alim1@ohio.edu

Center for Advanced Systems and Transportation Logistics Engineering (CASTLE)

The Center serves the manufacturing community, government, and people of Ohio by developing manufacturing software systems integration strategies, systems and technologies and by disseminating the knowledge gained from their evaluation and synthesis.

Dale Masel, Ph.D., Director
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-1541; masel@ohio.edu

Avionics Engineering Center

The Center is a unique research organization specializing in aviation research. For more than 37 years, AEC has been active in Communications, Navigation & Landing Systems, and Surveillance (CNS) research for the FAA, NASA, and DOD.

David Juedes, Director
Stocker Center 330
Ohio University, Athens,OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-1566; avionics@ohio.edu

Institute for Corrosion & Multiphase Technology

This is the home for research concerning the behaviors of liquids and gases in different settings. The Center for Corrosion in Multi-Phase System Research has been recognized as a premier pilot plant test facility for multiphase corrosion studies
in the world.

Srdjan Nesic, Ph.D., Director
181 Stocker Center
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-9945; nesic@ohio.edu

Center for Scientific Computing and Immersive Technologies

The center is engaged in an active computer science and information technology research program. Engineers and scientists are developing computer technologies ranging from tiny robots that use artificial intelligence to a smart computer network that can detect hacker attacks and safeguard important data.

Lonnie Welch, Ph.D., Director
Stocker Center, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-1575; welch@ohio.edu

Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment

The Institute offers a multidisciplinary approach to solving environmental and transportation problems. Areas of research include: Acid mine drainage, field evaluation of bridges and pavements, human factors, noise abatement, Ohio SHRP test pavements, and subsurface exploration.

Issam Khoury, Ph.D., Director 
222 Stocker Center
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-0010; khoury@ohio.edu

Center for Pipe and Underground Structures

Issam Khoury, Ph.D., Director 
222 Stocker Center
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-0010; khoury@ohio.edu

Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment

The Institute will help foster partnerships between universities, business, governments, and community groups and will help meet the region's need for economic development and utilization of the region's energy resources while ensuring environmental protection and public health and safety. The Institute integrates the efforts of multiple centers: the Center for Air Quality and the Ohio Coal Research Center, and Biofuels Research Lab.

Jason Trembly, Director
251 Stocker Center
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 331-4921; trembly@ohio.edu

Center for Air Quality

The Center for Air Quality collaborates with regional industries, universities, and government agencies to conduct interdisciplinary applied research in air quality modeling, ambient monitoring, and health risk and emissions data to help improve air quality–and quality of life–for the Midwest region and beyond.

Kevin Crist, Ph.D., Director
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
159A Stocker Engineering Center
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-4751; cristk@ohio.edu


T. Richard and Eleanora K. Robe Leadership Institute

The Institute provides a focal point in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology for the understanding of leadership and to promote generally effective leadership among the students, faculty, and administrators of the College.

Greg Kremer, Ph.D., Director
253 Stocker Center
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 597-1561; kremer@ohio.edu

College of Health Sciences and Professions

Appalachian Rural Health Institute

The Institute focuses on health issues that impact the Appalachian Ohio counties and adjacent counties in West Virginia and Kentucky. These issues include access to health care, service delivery and identified health concerns of the rural population of these counties (diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and etc.).

Cory Cronin, Ph.D., Director
Department of Social and Public Health
W359 Grover Center
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-0447; croninc@ohio.edu

College of Fine Arts

Ohio Valley Center for Collaborative Arts (CoArts)

CoArts is devoted to community development through arts-based engagement and social practices. Working with faculty, staff, students, and community partners, CoArts develops applied research and learning projects addressing the priorities of our local communities.

Sam Dodd, PhD, Director
College of Fine Arts
327 Seigfred Hall
Athens, OH 45701-2979

Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service

Center for Public and Social Innovation*

Faith Knutsen, Director
Ridges Building 19, Room 243
Ohio University; Athens, OH 45701
(740)593-0830; knutsenf@ohio.edu

*College academic review process.

Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Diabetes Institute

The Diabetes Institute is a collaborative group of research scientists, clinicians, professors, educators, health administrators and students with a common interest in diabetes. The institute stimulates collaborative research across colleges and disciplines at Ohio University in the area of diabetes and strives to create mentors and research opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate training as well as pre-tenured faculty. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for those affected by diabetes and related diseases through innovative basic and translational research, progressive clinical care, education and community outreach.

Calvin James, Ph.D.
Associate Professor; Interim Director
Biomedical Sciences
Diabetes Institute
Parks Hall 149, Athens Campus
(740) 593-2325

Infectious and Tropical and Disease Institute

The Institute seeks to improve health through research, disease surveillance, and education.

Mario Grijalva, Ph.D., Director
Irvine Hall, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-2530; Grijalva@ohiou.edu

Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurological Institute

The Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurological Institute (OMNI) facilitates basic and applied research in muscle, nerve, bone, and connective-tissue biology and medicine. OMNI is devoted to supporting research aimed at understanding the causes of musculoskeletal and neurological disorders, and improving the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of these disorders. Presently, OMNI has more than 20 affiliated faculty in four colleges and eight departments. OMNI affiliation is open to researchers with interests in the musculoskeletal and/or neurological systems.

Brian Clark, Ph.D., Director
236 Irvine Hall Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-2354; clarkb2@ohio.edu

Vice President for Research and Creative Activity

The Institute for Applied and Professional Ethics

The Institute for Applied and Professional Ethics (IAPE) aims to advance practical ethical and moral understanding and judgment among the students and faculty of Ohio University, the larger academic community, members of the professions, business managers, public officials, policymakers, and the general public, through research and educational activities (such as public lectures, panel discussions, seminars and workshops) promoting interdisciplinary discussion and collaboration. "Applied ethics" is construed as including moral, social, and political philosophy.

Christoph Hanisch, Ph.D., Director
212 Ellis Hall
Athens, OH 45701-2979

The Contemporary History Institute

The Institute, created in 1987, offers a unique course of interdisciplinary study -- mainly on the graduate level -- in the application of post-1945 history to current policy issues.

Ingo Trauschweizer, Ph.D., Director
Sing Tao House, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-0097; conhist@ohio.edu

The Edison Biotechnology Institute

This Institute combines internationally recognized expertise in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology into an integrated system of basic and applied research for human medical, drug discovery, and agricultural applications.

Shiyong Wu, Ph.D., Director
Konneker Research Laboratories
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-4713; wus1@ohio.edu

Institute for the Empirical Study of Language

This is the home for research on the processes of perception, production, and acquisition of language.

Emilia Alonso-Marks, Ph.D., Director
247 Gordy Hall, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-2765; markse@ohio.edu

Nanoscale and Quantum Phenomena Institute

This interdisciplinary institute was founded to nurture, spotlight, and formalize nanoscience and nanotechnology research at the university. Participating departments include: Physics & Astronomy, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, and Chemical Engineering.

Eric Stinaff, Ph.D., Director
Department of Physics and Astronomy
364 Clippinger Laboratories
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 597-2576; stinaff@ohio.edu

University College

Academic Achievement Center*

The Academic Achievement Center (AAC) offers support services that assist undergraduate students towards improving retention, engagement, and academic performance. The Allen Student Advising Center is co-located and offers general academic advising, assistance selecting majors, and support for students on academic probation or whom are not meeting their academic goals

Jenny Klein, Assistant Dean
Alden Library 230
Ohio University; Athens, OH 45701
(740) 593-2644; aac@ohio.edu

*College academic review process.
† College academic review and research review process.