Emphasis on research, graduate studies at TTU results in reorganization
Administrators at Tennessee Tech University are proactively handling anticipated program growth and have reorganized the Office of Research and Graduate Studies as a result.
The office was split into the Office of Research and the Office of Graduate Studies. In January, the move was finalized with the relocation of offices.
Alice Camuti, formerly director of the Office of Career Services, will head the Office of Graduate Studies. She will oversee the recruitment, admission and retention of graduate students as well as ongoing program maintenance. The college’s administrative staff is now located at Derryberry 306.
“Both research and graduate student administration are time consuming and require a great deal of focus with regard to strategic planning and ongoing activities,” said Camuti. “Our leadership at TTU had the foresight to know that each side needed its own emphasis. With anticipated immediate growth expected in each area, they require individually dedicated staff and facilities.”
Francis Otuonye will continue to direct the Office of Research as associate vice president. He is responsible for coordination and regulation of all faculty research and related scholarly activities. The office is located at Derryberry 305.
The reorganization supports TTU’s Flight Plan, a series of initiatives and actions designed to help the university move into its second century.
As TTU takes steps to gain national recognition as a leading technological university in the South, these changes will help faculty and staff meet the needs of students and work to develop strong and distinctive programs. An increased emphasis on graduate studies will attract students from around the nation and globe to the university to study. In the past year, the university has added several graduate programs, several of which are among the first of their kind in the state. Creating the Office of Graduate Studies ensures that faculty and students will find the academic and administrative support they need and the university’s graduate programs will be able to continue to grow.
More research will ensure that the discoveries students make, with guidance and assistance of faculty members, will help to meet the challenges facing the region, nation and world, as well as to promote economic development across the Upper Cumberland region and state of Tennessee.