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AAUP Fall Forum: Research in Hard Times Tues. Oct. 25, 7 p.m., Prescott Hall 215

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) at TTU will sponsor a Fall Forum on Research in Hard Times. The forum is meant to encourage faculty to engage in original research, and to find sources for funding. In addition, the forum will help faculty and the general public understand decisions made at the state level which may negatively affect faculty at TTU and other colleges not considered "flagship" universities, making original research harder to carry out.

Speakers for the Fall Forum include Dr. Tor Guimaraes, who is J. E. Owen Chair of Excellence in the Information Technology Services at TTU, and Dr. Michael Gunter, Professor of Political Science at TTU. Respondent will be Dr. Francis Otuonye, associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at TTU.

Dr. Guimaraes topic is Research Grant Emphasis: An Insidious Threat to Faculty Governance. Dr. Gunter's presentation is entitled Developing Your Own Research Interests and Cultivating Alternatives to Traditional Funding Sources: My Travels in the Exotic. Dr. Otuonye will serve as a respondent, supplementing and commenting on the presentations. The general public is welcome.

Dr. Josie McQuail, President of the TTU AAUP, commented, "Dr. Guimaraes and Dr. Gunter are very distinguished researchers, and both of them have won the highest award at TTU for outstanding research, the Caplenor Faculty Research Award. I am looking forward to being inspired in my own research by learning from them at the Fall Forum, and findng out how decisions at the state level may affect the funding and support received at TTU, in order that I may try to counteract such things. Dr. Otuonye knows the ins and outs of obtaining research grants at TTU due to his top position in the Office for Research and Graduate Studies, and he has participated in such prestigious programs at the National Science Foundation. He, too, has a substantial record of research."

"I think of this as a development opportunity for all faculty and also graduate students, but especially, untenured and junior faculty, are urged to attend," added Dr. McQuail

Dr. Guimaraes has served as consultant to top managers in several major firms regarding management of technology issues. He also was consultant to the government of the People's Republic of China training faculty and administrators in the information systems management area, 1988 and 1990 Research Interests include Management of Technology, CRM, Impact of Technology on Business Organizations, Expert Systems, Quality Management, International Competitiveness. He is ranked as one of the top 12 researchers in the world by Decision Line, the newsletter for the Decision Sciences Institute. He was the 1999 Caplenor Faculty Research Award for Outstanding Research at TTU.

Dr. Gunter is an authority on the Kurdish people in Turkey and Iraq. Dr. Gunter has written more than 100 articles in scholarly journals like Middle East Journal, The American Journal of International Law and World Affairs. He has authored nine books about the Kurdish people of Turkey, northern Iraq, Syria and Iran, and two of those books were among the first analyses in English of the Kurdish unrest in the Middle East. Dr. Gunter has worked directly with top Kurdish and other Middle Eastern political leaders. He received the Kurdish Human Rights Watch's "Service to the Kurds Award" in 1998. Dr. Gunter's analyses and writings sometimes strike readers as controversial, but he says his views are often based on information that hasn't yet been made public. In fact, some organizations ask him not to discuss meetings and information gathered there. Dr. Gunter has taught political science at TTU since 1972. He won the university's Caplenor Faculty Research Award in 1995-1996 and the Outstanding Teaching Award in 1999-2000. Only a very few faculty at TTU have won both of these awards.

Dr. Otuonye. in addition to serving as Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at TTU, has served as principal investigator on several grants funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Energy, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. His record of funded grants and contracts exceeds $8.0 million. Dr. Otuonye was recently appointed to and is serving a second six-year term on the Study Section of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Dr. Otuonye has several publications to his credit.

The AAUP is a non-profit professional organization whose purpose is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good. organization open to all faculty and others in higher education (including administrators, graduate students, adjunct faculty, and others). Contact Dr. Wali Kharif, history professor at Tennessee Technological University, at (931) 372-6322 or for information on how to join the AAUP. Contact Dr. Josephine McQuail, English professor at TTU, for more information about the event, at (931) 372-6207, or .