Faculty/Staff Profile

Francis O Otuonye, BS, MS, PhD

Associate Vice President for Research

Highest Degree University: The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Department: Research
Derryberry Hall (DBRY) 305
PO Box: 5036
(931) 372-3374

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Dr. Otuonye generates research topics and coordinates externally funded research and scholarly activities throughout the University. He provides administrative reviews and approves research proposals for University commitments, including budgets, personnel, animals, human subjects, facilities, and hazardous materials. He conducts seminars and workshops for administrators and faculty on funding sources to support research and other scholarly activities, and disseminates information about indirect costs, fringe benefits, and University policies on research to administrators, faculty, and staff. Dr. Otuonye initiates and conducts quarterly meetings with College Liaison Officers for Research to discuss University policies and procedures affecting contracts and grants, and internal review of proposals, grants and contracts. He interacts with the Faculty Research Committee by reviewing proposals and suggesting sources for funding. The Associate Vice President is responsible for administering the policies applicable to the Graduate School. With the assistance of the Graduate School Executive Committee, Dr. Otuonye's office establishes and enforces minimum standards of graduate work in the University, encourages high standards, and coordinates the graduate programs of the various colleges. He submits recommendations for the awarding of fellowships, assistantships, and internships after consultation with the Deans involved, and maintains graduate student records.

Educational Background:

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, The Ohio State University, 1981

M.S., Mining Engineering, West Virginia University, 1978

B.S., Mining Engineering, West Virginia University, 1976

Recent Publications:

Otuonye, F., “Integrating concepts from the Earth Science Institute into the curriculum of middle and high schools science,” Earth Science Institute Meeting, Michigan Technological University, MI., 2007.

Otuonye, F.,” Minerals: A unifying theme for Earth Science Institute for middle and high school teachers”, Session 72: Successes in professional development for Earth Science Teachers. The Geological Society of America Annual Meeting and Exposition, Philadelphia, PA., 2006 .

Otuonye, F., “Earth Science Institute”, Conference on Teacher Research Experiences, Office of Marine Programs, University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, Narragansett, RI., 2005

Pinto, C.L., Aimone-Martin, C., Leimer, H.W., Otuonye, F., Correa de Araujo, A., Koppe, J.C., Barbosa, K. J., “Student Exchange Program in Mineral Technology and the Environment in Mining: Academic Integration”. Fifth Annual U.S. and Brazil Higher Education Consortium meeting, Howard University, Washington, D.C., 2005.

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