Kennesaw State names university’s first vice president for research

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Georgia (Mar 18, 2009) — Kennesaw State University has named Charles J. Amlaner Jr.‚ a research scientist who has chaired four academic departments at state universities in Indiana and Arkansas‚ as vice president for research and dean of the Graduate College. Amlaner will start his new job on July 1.

Amlaner‚ the Theodore Dreiser Distinguished Professor at Indiana State University since 2003‚ will serve as KSU’s very first vice president for research. In this new position‚ Amlaner‚ who has conducted extensive research on animal and human sleep physiology‚ will help KSU secure more external funding for research. As dean of the Graduate College‚ Amlaner also will lead KSU in further developing graduate programs‚ implementing doctoral degrees and enhancing research and creative activities.

Kennesaw State Provost Lendley C. Black noted Amlaner’s diverse background over 23 years in higher education‚ which includes teaching‚ research and administration‚ as a primary reason he was chosen from among four finalists identified in a national search. He added that Amlaner’s background and experience are well−suited to Kennesaw State’s academic mission as a teaching institution.

“He understands well our type of university‚” Black said. “We’re not trying to become a Research 1 institution like UGA or Georgia Tech. We’re charting our own course as a university that is heavily involved in research‚ but maintains a strong focus on teaching and public service.”

Since 1981‚ Amlaner has headed the Animal Sleep Research Group at Indiana State University in Terre Haute‚ Ind. A biologist and physiologist‚ Amlaner has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in biology‚ animal and human physiology‚ and zoology. He also served as chair of the Environmental and Ecological Sciences‚ Science Education and Life Sciences departments at Indiana State University‚ and headed the Department of Zoology at the University of Arkansas.

Amlaner earned his Bachelor of Science in Biophysics and Master of Arts in Biology from Andrews University in Michigan‚ and a Doctor of Philosophy in Animal Behavior from Oxford University in England.


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