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Centers and Institutes

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:  www.ohio.edu/departments/programs.cfm.

Need to update this information? Please contact Amy Meeks at  meeksa@ohio.edu

VP for Research

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.

Bernhard Debatin, Ph.D., Director
Schoonover Center 227a (IAPE Ofice 247A)
Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-9809;  appliedethics@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 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 na noscience 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

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.).

College of Arts and Sciences

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


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.

Robin Muhammad, Ph.D., Director
31 S. Court Street, Suite 122
(740) 593-9306;  dearmon@ohio.edu

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@phy.ohiou.edu


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.

Steve Miner, Ph.D., Director
Brown House, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-4362;  conhist@ohiou.edu

Center for Intelligent Chemical Instrumentation

The term, "intelligent instrument", refers to a new generation of analytical instruments with advanced capabilities for data interpretation, self-optimization, and decision-making. Building upon these concepts, researchers at CICI are conducting basic research in the development of new methods and instrumentation for a variety of chemical analyses. Work is currently underway in each of the areas of electrochemistry, spectroscopy, and chromatography. CICI has contributed to research related to "Homeland Security" for over a decade.

Peter Harrington, Ph.D., Director
177 Clippinger Laboratories
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-2099;  harringp@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.

Haley Duschinski, Ph.D., Director
131 Bentley Annex, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-0823;  lawcenter@ohio.edu

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.

Daniel Phillips, Ph.D., Director
242C Clippinger Laboratory
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-1698; phillid1@ohio.edu

Ohio Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Studies

Steve Reilly, Ph.D., Director
Irvine Hall
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-2335;  reilly@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

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 of Business

Center for International Business Education and Development

This center offers international business students opportunities to study abroad and gain experience.

609 Copeland Hall
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701
(740) 593-2008;  ib@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


Center for Sports Administration

The Center for Sports Administration is located within the College's School of Recreation and Sport Sciences. The center will conduct research on issues in the sports industry, with a focus on the practical application of knowledge. One of its goals will be assisting sports organizations and related businesses -- both in the United States and abroad -- with planning and resource development.

Jim Kahler, Director
E118 Grover Center
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-4666;  kahler@ohio.edu


Center for Entrepreneurship

The Center for Entrepreneurship at Ohio University launches a new era of entrepreneurial education and support, university-based technology commercialization, and regionally focused business development in southeastern Ohio. A partnership of Ohio University's College of Business and Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, the center builds upon and raises to new levels longstanding efforts at the University and throughout the region to provide entrepreneurial education, business assistance services, and investment capital for entrepreneurs and start-up businesses. Coordinating University resources through the center creates exciting new opportunities for internationally competitive entrepreneurial studies, enhanced commercialization of faculty research, and coordinated support for entrepreneurship, business development, and job creation.

Paul Mass, Director
CoLab, Alden Library, 1 Ohio University
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701
(740) 593-1988;  mass@ohio.edu

Scripps College of Communication

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.
(740) 593-4830; harter@ohio.edu

Thomas Hodson, JD.
395I RTVC Building
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-1771;  hodson@ohio.edu


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.

Yusuf Kalyango Jr., Ph.D.
Director, Institute for International Journalism
Asst. Professor of Journalism
E. W. Scripps School of Journalism
205 Scripps Hall, Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701
Tel & Fax: (740) 593-2592

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, director and general manager
395E RTVC Building
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979

(740)-593-4785; brewer@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 1990's to present, has been to foster and support outreach activities that connect the College with regional schools.

The school/college Partnership adress 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 student;
  2. To provide increased opportunties and enhanced quality in field experience for prospective teachers in P-12 classrooms;
  3. To construct mentoring relationshi[s for prospective teachers as they learn through teaching, in the company of expierienced 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 oreder 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
McCracken Hall, 433A
(740) 593-9989;  keiferm1@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 McCracken 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.

Yegan Pillay, Director
346 McCracken Hall
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-0445

Center for Higher Education

A research and policy analysis center focused on higher education issues in Ohio, the Appalachian region, and the nation atlarge.

Valerie Martin Conley, Ph.D., Director
136 McCracken Hall
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 597-1862 or (740) 593-9426;  conleyv@ohio.edu

Center for the Study and Development of Literacy and Language

This Center focuses on literacy and language development initiatives.

340 McCracken Hall
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-4419;  literacy@ohiou.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


Russ College of Engineering and Technology

Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research (CEER)

A state-of-the-art, in-situ electrochemical/analytical and electrochemical modeling and simulation facility, the Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research was established in 2009 and funded by external grants including those from the Ohio Department of Development and Department of Defense. The mission of the CEER is to enhance research and scholarship in electrochemical engineering, expand outreach activities to educate future generations and for public awareness, and contribute to economic development in southeastern Ohio.

The center supports the commercialization of the technologies as they develop on the different stages of the road-map:  incubation, demonstration, market entry, and growth and sustainability. It provides education to the work force required to operate, fabricate, and design the units, and also serves as the research and development center to continuously improve the technologies during their growth and sustainability stages.

Gerardine Botte, Ph.D., Director
183 Stocker Center, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, 45701
(740) 593-9670;  botte@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 two centers: The Center for Air Quality under the direction of Kevin Crist, Chemical Engineering, and Ohio Coal Research Center, under the direction of David Bayless, Mechanical Engineering.

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

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.

Frank Kraft, Ph.D., Director
263 Stocker Center
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 597-1478;  kraftf@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.

Robert Judd, Ph.D., Director
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-1539

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.

Michael R. Deis, Director
131 McFarland Avionics Building
Ohio University, Athens,OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-1534;  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.

Center for Pipe and Underground Structures

Gayle Mitchell, Ph.D., Director
114 Stocker Center
Ohio University, Athens,OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-2476;  orite@bobcat.ent.ohiou.edu

T. Richard and Eleanora K. Robe Leadership Instute

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.

David Bayless, Director
Stocker Center
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701
(740) 331-4536;  bayless@ohio.edu


International Studies

Institute for the African Child

The Institute was established to promote the interests of the world's most marginalized population, the children of Africa. It grows out of a 35 year history of African Studies. This history includes teaching, research, and service to the African continent. This initiative expands the conversation among African Studies scholars -social scientists and humanists- to include the work of the Colleges of Communication, Education, Health and Human Services, and Osteopathic Medicine. The participation of development practitioners in the area of child survival and of African research institutes, universities, NGOs and government ministries are also sought in this new network.

Stephen Howard, Ph.D., Director
Yamada International House, Room 215
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-1834;  howard@ohio.edu


Osteopathic Medicine

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

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                       

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, Executive Director
Associate Professor, Nutrition
College of Health Sciences and Professions & Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701
(740) 593-9943 – office
(740) 593-9661 – lab office


University College


Academic Advancement Center

The Academic Advancement Center (AAC) offers support services that assist undergraduate students towards improving retention, engagement, and academic performance. AAC Services are designed to "foster student success." AAC tutoring services, academic skill development, and academic guidance provided through credit courses, individual and group study sessions support and challenge students as learners.

Cynthia King, Director
Alden Library 101
Ohio University; Athens, OH 45701
(740) 593-2644;  aac@ohio.edu.

Center for Public and Social Innovation

This is a newly established Center. CPSI will provide increased focus, organization and brand recognition for existing and future work related to public and social innovation at Ohio University.