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

  • Institutes labeled with an asterisk represent: College academic review process.

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College/CenterInstituteInstitute InformationContact Information
Arts and SciencesThe African American Research and Service 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.Gary Holcomb, Ph.D.,
Bentley Annex 311 740.593.1308
Arts and SciencesThe Astrophysical InstituteIn 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.,
Clippinger 333 740.593.0063
Arts and SciencesCharles J. Ping Institute for the Teaching of the HumanitiesSupports 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, Ellis Hall 242 740.597.2102
Arts and SciencesCenter for Law, Justice & CultureInterdisciplinary 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.,
Bentley Annex 423 740.593.0220
Arts and SciencesCenter for Intervention Research in Schools (CIRS)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.,
Porter Hall 200 740.597.3236
Arts and SciencesInstitute of Nuclear and Particle PhysicsEstablished 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., Edwards Accelerator 206 740.593.1982
Arts and SciencesOhio Center for Ecology and Evolutionary StudiesMission is to advance understanding of ecology and evolutionary biology (EEB) through an interdisciplinary learning and research community, by integrating cutting-edge science and technology with undergraduate and graduate education. The core philosophy of OCEES is that the frontiers of EEB are advanced by integrating diverse conceptual and methodological approaches from different academic disciplines. An interdisciplinary approach stimulates new areas of research and collaboration and increases interchange among diverse faculty and students. Accordingly, the best preparation we can provide our students is engagement in research in integrative biology.Willem Roosenburg, Ph.D., Life Sciences 247 740.593.9669
Arts and SciencesInstitute for Quantitative BiologyServes 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.Mitchell Day,
Life Sciences 241 740.593.4798
Arts and SciencesCenter for Ring Theory and Its ApplicationsFurther 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., Morton Hall 315e 740.593.1262
BusinessCenter 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., Copeland Hall 409B 740.593.2007
BusinessCenter 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, Alden Library 301 740.707.1303
BusinessCenter for International Business Education and Development*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.Andrew Pueschel, Ph.D.,
Copeland Hall 601
BusinessThe AECOM Center for Sports Administration*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,
Muck Business Annex 304
BusinessRobert D. Walter Center for Strategic Leadership*Provides dynamic leadership and management focused programs designed to help students discover and develop their inner leader.Jennifer Traxler, D.ODC,
Copeland Hall 401 419.722.5245
BusinessThe Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre at Ohio University*With a 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.Scott Gregory,
Adam Rapp, 740.593.9328 Copeland Hall, Suite 209A
Scripps CommunicationThe Institute for International JournalismPart 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.,
Scripps Hall 248
Scripps CommunicationWOUB Center for Public MediaMember station of both NPR and PBS serving 55 counties in southeast Ohio, western West Virginia, and eastern Kentucky. As an experiential-learning unit of the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University, WOUB is a non-profit, community-supported multimedia organization which provides online and broadcast services, along with non-broadcast educational services to the region it serves. Through opportunities available on air and online, hundreds of students from the Scripps College and across campus work at WOUB each year gaining real-world, hands-on professional development and media training preparing them to get great jobs after graduation.Mark Brewer
Scripps CommunicationBarbara Geralds Institute for Storytelling and Social ImpactMission 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.,
Scripps Hall 105 (Send mail to: Schoonover 400)
Gladys W. and David H. Patton EducationOHIO Center for Clinical Practice in Education

Purpose 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,
Patton Hall 125A
Gladys W. and David H. Patton EducationChild Development Center*Provides developmental childcare.Kristen Mazzeo Barron,
The Ridges,
Gladys W. and David H. Patton EducationInstitute 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.Danielle Dani,
Patton Hall 102H
Gladys W. and David H. Patton EducationGeorge Hill Center for Counseling & Research*Home of Counselor Education training.Kristin Chamberlain Ph.D,
Patton Hall 432V 740.593.4460
Gladys W. and David H. Patton EducationEdward Stevens Center for the Study and Development of Literacy and Language Center (The Stevens Literacy Center)Focuses on literacy and language development initiatives.Julie Francis, Ph.D.,
Patton Hall 218 740.593.0677
Russ Engineering and TechnologyCenter for Advanced Materials ProcessingFocuses 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.,
Stocker Center 265
Russ Engineering and TechnologyCenter for Advanced Systems and Transportation Logistics Engineering (CASTLE)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.Felipe Aros-Vera, Ph.D.,
Stocker Center 277
Russ Engineering and TechnologyAvionics Engineering CenterA unique research organization specializing in aviation research. For 60 years, AEC has been active in Communications, Navigation & Landing Systems, and Surveillance (CNS) research for the FAA, NASA, and DOD.Jay Wilhem, Stocker Center
Russ Engineering and TechnologyInstitute for Corrosion & Multiphase TechnologyHome 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.,
Stocker Center 181
Russ Engineering and TechnologyCenter for Scientific Computing and Immersive TechnologiesConducts collaborative research in data science, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, image analysis, immersive technology, computational medicine, and bioinformatics. The CSCIT has an active research program in the field of bioinformatics and computational medicine, with significant research findings pertaining to cancer, tropical disease, diabetes, plant biology, 3-D genome architecture, gene regulation, and neuroscience. Research projects in immersive technology develop new ways of creating, displaying, and interacting with applications, content, and experiences to transform the digital experience by bringing together the virtual with users' sight, sound, and touch.Lonnie Welch, Ph.D.,
Stocker Center 354
Chang Liu, Ph.D.,
Stocker Center 321C
Russ Engineering and TechnologyOhio Research Institute for Transportation and the EnvironmentOffers 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.,
Stocker Center 22 740.593.0010
Russ Engineering and TechnologyCenter for Pipe and Underground StructuresHelps solve the major challenges presented to the pipe industry through demands from users/customers, market competitiveness, federal and state environmental regulations, aging infrastructures, and expanding global markets. By aiding industry in developing and testing new designs, manufacturing prototypes, and bringing improved designs to the market, and by educating students for careers in the field of pipes, Ohio University and ORITE occupy a central place in the future of the pipe industry.Issam Khoury, Ph.D.,
Stocker Center 22 740.593.0010
Russ Engineering and TechnologyInstitute for Sustainable Energy and the EnvironmentHelp 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,
Stocker Center 251
Russ Engineering and TechnologyCenter for Air QualityCollaborates 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.,
Stocker Center 159A
Russ Engineering and TechnologyT. Richard and Eleanora K. Robe Leadership InstituteProvides 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.,
Stocker Center 253
Fine ArtsOhio Valley Center for Collaborative Arts (CoArts)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.Angela Sprunger, Seigfred Hall
Health Sciences and ProfessionsAppalachian Institute to Advance Health Equity ScienceFosters social science and health services research to promote health equity based on a wide range of social factors and supports research collaboration across Ohio University and with our partners.Cory Cronin, Ph.D.,
Grover Center W359
740.593.0447 Berkeley Franz, Ph.D.,
Irvine Hall 210
Heritage of Osteopathic MedicineDiabetes InstituteCollaborative 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.Elizabeth A. Beverly, PhD
Vishwajeet Puri, Ph.D
Heritage of Osteopathic MedicineInfectious and Tropical and Disease InstituteSeeks to improve health through research, disease surveillance, and education.Mario GrijalvaPh.D.,
Irvine Hall 333
Heritage of Osteopathic MedicineOhio Musculoskeletal and Neurological InstituteMission is to advance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of musculoskeletal and neurological disorders, serves as an interdisciplinary catalyst for cutting-edge research. There are two research “centers” nested under the OMNI umbrella: 1) OMNI’s Center for Healthy Aging, and 2) OMNI’s Injury and Pain Research Center. The research across these centers has an overarching aim of developing interventions that enhance physical function and wellbeing, and ultimately reducing disability and pain-related suffering. OMNI investigators direct many pre-clinical and clinical research-based OMNI-affiliated laboratories. The pre-clinical laboratories include, but are not limited to, the Osteoarthritis Research Laboratory, the Skeletal Muscle Function and Physiology Laboratory, the Bone and Experimental Pathology Laboratory, the Functional Neuromuscular Genomics Laboratory, the Biomaterials and Additive Manufacturing Laboratory, the Skeletal Muscle Metabolism Laboratory, and the Functional Morphology, Biomechanics and Physiology of Feeding Laboratory. The clinical research laboratories include, but are not limited to, the Neuromuscular Biomechanics and Health Assessment Laboratory, the Neuromuscular Physiology Laboratory, the Clinical Psychophysiology Laboratory, the BRAIN Lab, the Social Neuroscience and Pain Laboratory, and the Musculoskeletal and Neuroimaging Research Laboratory. Through partnerships OMNI’s Musculoskeletal and Neuroimaging Research Laboratory has access to a low-tesla, weight bearing MRI as well 1.5 and 3.0 Tesla magnets. OMNI is consistently striving towards development of innovative, integrated, and interdisciplinary team-based science that has the potential for bench-to-bedside-to-community impact. OMNI’s active extramural research grants enterprise exceeds $20-30 million. Ten of OMNI’s scientists’ work has been cited more than 2,000 times, and five of OMNI scientists’ have received more than 10,000 citations. Seven OMNI scientists have been ranked in the top 2% of their field based on career long citation (Ioannidis et al., PLoS Biology, 2020). OMNI trainees also have an outstanding record of accomplishments. With many of our trainees having secured many training grants from highly prestigious agencies (e.g., NIH, American Heart Association, etc.), and landing high sought after faculty positions at R1 institutions.Brian ClarkPh.D.,
Irvine Hall 250
University CollegeAcademic Achievement Center*Offers support services that assist all OHIO students towards improving retention, engagement, and academic performance. The AAC also offers support for students on academic probation.Elizabeth Fallon, Ph.D.,
Alden Library 230
Vice President for Research and Creative ActivityThe Institute for Applied and Professional EthicsAims 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.,
Ellis Hall 212
Vice President for Research and Creative ActivityThe Contemporary History InstituteCreated 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.Alec Holcombe, Ph.D.
Bentley Annex 405
Vice President for Research and Creative ActivityThe Edison Biotechnology InstituteCombines 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.,
Konneker Research Laboratories
Vice President for Research and Creative ActivityInstitute for the Empirical Study of LanguageHome for research on the processes of perception, production, and acquisition of language.Sally Marion-Fetty, Ph.D.,
Vice President for Research and Creative ActivityNanoscale and Quantum Phenomena InstituteInterdisciplinary institute 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.Saw Hla, Ph.D.,
Clippinger Laboratories 139
Voinovich School of Leadership and Public ServiceCenter for Public and Social Innovation*The term “public and social innovation” as broadly defined by the Voinovich School, is a novel solution to a societal problem that is more effective, efficient or sustainable. The School has a long history of such service, especially in Appalachian Ohio. We help state, county and local governments; nonprofits, state agencies and private foundations by providing innovative applied research, program evaluation and technical assistance and by building leadership and organizational capacity.Faith Knutsen,
Ridges 19