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Faculty & Staff News

Mar 22
Mei Wei named OHIO’s new Dean of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology
Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Chaden Djalali has named Dr. Mei Wei as the new dean of the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University, effective July 15, 2019

Mar 21
Support resources and payment options for the University's new travel provider
Support resources and payment options for the University's new travel provider

OHIO Professor Merri Biechler Integrates Theater Across Disciplines
Merri Biechler uses Forum Theater to help health care students truly understand advocacy, communication, mindfulness, and presence with patients.

Mar 20
Student Accessibility Services seek nominations for Accessibility Ally Award
Student Accessibility Services is accepting nominations for the 2019 Accessibility Ally Award to recognize faculty and staff members who show a high level of inclusivity toward students with disabilities and their success. The deadline is April 5.

Mar 19
2019 Baker Peace Conference to focus on international cooperation and world order since 1945
This year's Baker Peace Conference theme is “Temple of Peace? International Cooperation and World Order since 1945.” Thursday's keynote speaker, Adm. (ret.) James Stavridis, served as Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, from 2009 to 2013. The March 28-29 event ends on Friday with three discussion panels from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mar 17
Neil Romanosky named OHIO’s new dean of University Libraries
Neil Romanosky will become the new dean of libraries at Ohio University, effective Sept. 1. He comes from the University of Toronto Libraries, where he served as the associate chief librarian for science research and information and director of Gerstein Science Information Centre since 2015.

Mar 15
Travel guidance due to Federal Aviation Administration Grounding of 737 MAX Aircraft
Travel guidance due to Federal Aviation Administration Grounding of 737 MAX Aircraft

Mar 14
How to prepare for the transition to the University's new travel provider
The University’s upcoming travel program is aimed at delivering clear processes, improved services to travelers, and providing access to discounts that save the University money by partnering with Christopherson Business Travel (CBT). This program, which will launch on April 1, 2019, will include an updated travel policy and procedures and will be supported by a University travel manager.

Facilities Management and Safety recognizes March Employees of the Month
Ohio University Facilities Management and Safety (FMS) recently launched an Employee of the Month program to recognize exceptional performance by Facilities employees. Chief Facilities Officer Steve Wood presented the first set of awards on March 1, 2019 to Anthony Pennington, Stephanie Pennington, Dan Sheets, and Debra Sherman.

Mar 12
OHIO furthers its commitment to sustainable practices through investment in University Sustainability
Ohio University has launched a new, innovative sustainability model across the institution. Led by the Office of Sustainability, OHIO has created three faculty-led Sustainability Hubs to advance initiatives in 12 thematic areas to further progress the University’s Sustainability and Climate Action Plans.

Mar 11
Ohio University study states that information literacy must be improved to stop spread of ‘fake news’
It’s not difficult to verify whether a new piece of information is accurate; however, most people don’t take that step before sharing it on social media, regardless of age, social class or gender, a new Ohio University study has found.

Heritage College researcher leverages Ecuadorian partnership to assist efforts to protect vulnerable populations in Venezuela
As scientists around the world call for a regional campaign to avert a public health disaster in Venezuela and neighboring countries, a partnership between the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and a university in Ecuador is proving invaluable to their efforts.

Mar 7
Sign up for Active Shooter ALiCE Training this spring
One goal of this free training is to help you to be more prepared should an active shooter incident occur. The next training is Friday, March 29, so register today.

Reception for retiring Russ College of Engineering and Technology dean is March 18
Since 2002, Dean Dennis Irwin has facilitated the largest charitable gift ever made to a public engineering college, crafted a vision for the Academic and Research Center, developed several new programs and helped bring the world’s premiere space education program to Ohio University. 

Mar 6
Dr. Brian McNulty named CORAS Hicks Executive in Residence
The Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools (CORAS) is pleased to announce the 2018-19 Hicks Executive in Residence, Dr. Brian McNulty. McNulty has 35 years of experience as a nationally recognized educator in leadership development. March 19, he will present, “How do schools get better? A research and field-based review of what we have learned in Ohio.”

Nominations for Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award due March 29
Established in 1972, the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award recognizes an OHIO professor who has demonstrated exemplary performance as an instructor, researcher and faculty member. The award is bestowed annually with the recipient announced at the Graduate Commencement ceremony held each spring.

Spring break email and login security updates part of larger plan
On March 9, OIT will enable a security feature in Catmail called Safe Links and will release a new version of the OHIO login page that requires users to enter their full @ohio.edu email address instead of just their OHIO ID to login.

Mar 5
Dr. Susan Burgess honored during distinguished professor portrait unveiling and lecture
“We typically honor individuals, but we all know that good work really takes places in communities,” Dr. Burgess said. “It sees the light of day only because creative people working together challenge orthodoxies and make ideas that once seemed heretical more visible, more known — eventually, even more accepted.”

OHIO Ready Staff program welcomes new cohort
OHIO Ready Staff welcomed four new employees in March. Becky Arnold, Kathleen Riggs, Elisabeth Shaner, and Kate Wilkinson are the newest members of the program, run by the Finance and Administration Business Service Center, which provides temporary office and accounting staffing assistance to departments across campus.

OHIO helps host nationwide gathering on future of fraternity and sorority life
The event brought vice presidents for student affairs and fraternity and sorority life advisors from more than 70 institutions around the country together to dig into issues surrounding fraternity and sorority life.

Mar 4
Electrical engineering professor named fellow of international navigation institute
Chris Bartone, Ph.D. ’88, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, received the honors for his contributions to research, applications and teaching in the areas of electronic navigation, Global Navigation Satellite Systems and antenna technologies.

Environmental Studies faculty wins inaugural Janet and George Voinovich Faculty and Staff Leadership Award
Natalie Kruse Daniels, an associate professor of Environmental Studies, received the inaugural Janet and George Voinovich Faculty and Staff Leadership Award for her research in reclamation and water quality.

Call for applications for Kohei Miura Professorship
Established in 1973, the Kohei Miura Visiting Professorship allows for an Ohio University faculty member to spend a semester in residence at Chubu University in Kasugai City, Japan.

Mar 1
Registrar announces report of final grades and final examinations schedule
All grades must be submitted by the scheduled deadline of noon on Wednesday, May 8, without exception. Final examination schedules for Athens and Regional Campuses are final.

Kari Gunter-Seymour to serve second term as Athens Poet Laureate
Three times a pushcart nominee, Gunter-Seymour’s chapbook "Serving" was chosen runner up in the 2016 Yellow Chair Review annual Chapbook Contest and nominated for a 2018 Ohioana Award. She is the founder/executive director of the Women of Appalachia Project and an instructor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

Registration open for Digital Humanities events in March
Miriam Posner of the University of California will give a keynote address and workshops about Digital Humanities on the Athens Campus. She also will lead a colloquium for graduate students.

Feb 28
New workshops provide alternative to class cancellations
“This program gives instructors the flexibility to handle professional and personal business while giving their students the opportunity to enhance their learning skills in a new and unique way,” said Jenny Klein, assistant dean, student persistence and success. “It can strengthen their ability to be successful in more than one class.”

Feb 27
Patton College’s Chris Kennedy receives Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award
Chris Kennedy, associate lecturer in The Patton College of Education, received the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award from the National Association for Professional Development Schools. He recently earned his Ed.D. from The Patton College with a dissertation entitled, “Teacher Perceptions of Reading Interventions Conducted by Teacher Candidates in a PDS Partnership.”

Feb 24
Jan Huebenthal named LGBT Center assistant director
Huebenthal will help to further the LGBT Center’s mission by providing support to its administrative, communications and outreach efforts. He will also assist with the continuing development, implementation and assessment of OHIO’s LGBT programs and efforts, both on and off campus. His start date is March 18.

Feb 20
Education leaders from China's Hubei Province visit Ohio University
Education officials from China’s Hubei Province visited Ohio University in January to discuss potential areas of collaboration with university faculty and staff.

Renée A. Middleton elected to the executive committee of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
Renée A. Middleton, dean of The Patton College of Education, was named to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) executive committee for a two-year term.

Facilities Management and Safety launches Employee of the Month program
Want to show your appreciation for the Ohio University staff who keep the heat on, sidewalks cleared, trash emptied, water running, and more? Ohio University Facilities Management and Safety (FMS) launched an Employee of the Month program in February to recognize exceptional performance by their employees. All OHIO employees are invited to nominate FMS employees for this award using the nomination form on the FMS website. Nominations will be accepted at any time during the year.

Feb 19
Ohio University Chillicothe Dean Marty Tuck announces retirement plans
Marty Tuck, who has served as Dean of the Chillicothe Campus since 2011, has announced his intention to retire, effective June 30, 2019.

Feb 18
Open forums announced for Russ College of Engineering and Technology dean search finalists
Four finalists for the position of Dean of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology will interview on Athens Campus, Feb. 26-March 1, in Stocker Hall 103. There will be separate forums for faculty. All of the forums will be live streamed.

Feb 14
Dr. Ann Bainbridge Frymier named new director of School of Communication Studies
Frymier brings more than 25 years of experience to this role, joining OHIO from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she is a professor in the Department of Media, Journalism and Film, and a former associate dean of the graduate school.

Susan Burgess to be honored Feb. 25 at Distinguished Professor Portrait Unveiling and Lecture
The event begins with a reception followed by the Distinguished Professor introduction and portrait unveiling at 7 p.m. Following the unveiling, Dr. Burgess will present her lecture, titled “LGBT Inclusion in American Life: Pop Culture, Legal Transformation, and Critical Civil Rights.”

Feb 11
United Soccer Coaches elects Patton College professor to board
Dr. David Carr, Recreation and Sports Pedagogy associate pro-fessor, has been elected to the United Soccer Coaches Board of Directors to serve a six-year term.

Faculty share course improvements made through OHIO Honors workshops
Professors offer concrete examples of the innovative learning experiences they will create for undergraduates from all majors.

Feb 8
New travel provider fee structure announced
Ohio University has partnered with Christopherson Business Travel (CBT), to implement a comprehensive travel program with goals of implementing user-friendly processes, improving service to the traveler, and providing access to discounts that save the University money. This program will launch on April 1, and will include an updated travel policy and procedures, and options of paying for travel.

Libraries awarded $20,000 to foster the development of open educational resources
The Libraries was awarded $20,000 from the Ohio University Foundation as part of the 1804 Fund for undergraduate learning to begin a project that will foster the development of open educational resources at OHIO. The two-year project supports the development of open textbook projects by faculty members.

OBI reporting fundamentals course available
This faculty and staff course reviews the dashboard pages contained on the Finance dashboard. Topics include: a review of the prompts available for selecting data; segment value hierarchies utilized in the dashboard prompts; understanding available drilldown options;  <br />purpose of each dashboard page and how to use the various pages most effectively; and <br />tips for identifying which page gets you to your information most efficiently.

Feb 7
Meet January 2019 Classified Employee of the Month Tammy Andrews
Tammy Andrews, the January 2019 Classified Employee of the Month, likes warm beaches, Ellen DeGeneres, "This is Us," and Fleetwood Mac. Find out more about her here.

Feb 6
Concur upgrade complete
Concur upgrade complete

Feb 4
Airport Service Awards held to honor longtime employees
Scott praised the honorees and airport staff for representing Ohio University in such a fine fashion.

OHIO VP for Student Affairs Jason Pina recognized with statewide mentor award
The award recognizes an individual who serves as a mentor and role model to graduate or undergraduate students, is known as a supportive and educational administrator, and has made significant contributions to the ideals of the student affairs profession.

Feb 1
MaryKathyrine Tran named Women's Center assistant director
Tran, who previously worked at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, will be responsible for creating a professional and leadership development program geared towards women of color and overseeing the Young Women Leaders Program.

Jan 31
University receives $10 million contract to help rebuild Afghanistan
Russ College Professor of Civil Engineering Shad Sargand is leading a new, $10 million contract to help rebuild and rehabilitate infrastructure in Afghanistan.

Jan 30
Applications for pilot course design studio due February 13
The Office of Instructional Innovation is offering a three-hour intensive workshop on (re)designing online and blended courses. Apply by February 13.

Jan 29
Retiring administrators paperwork deadline is March 1 to ensure recognition at 2019 Administrative Service Awards
Administrators who are considering retiring prior to July 1 are reminded that their paperwork must be submitted to University Human Resources by March 1 in order to be recognized at this year’s April 11 ceremony.

OHIO’s Office of Sustainability announces Sustainability Hub Coordinators
Ohio University’s Office of Sustainability has announced the faculty coordinators who will lead each of the University’s Sustainability Hubs.