UT Tyler Office of Marketing and Communications
Odell Named Director of Research at UT Tyler
March 15, 2011
Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler
Dr. Michael Odell has been named director of sponsored research at The University of Texas at Tyler, Dr. Peter Fos, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, announced.
A member of UT Tyler since 2006, Odell holds the Celia and Sam Roosth chair in education and is a professor of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. He replaces Dr. Arlene Horne, who accepted a position at the University of West Georgia.
“In this role, Dr. Odell will work to continue the growth and success of sponsored programs, begun by Dr. Horne, at UT Tyler,” said Fos.
The Office of Sponsored Research provides effective leadership through the promotion and support of quality research and sponsored programs both within the university and through collaborative efforts with other universities, industries and businesses. Sponsored research awards topped the $12 million mark in 2009.
Odell holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction and science education from Indiana University and a master of arts in teaching degree from UT Dallas.
He was instrumental in creating the UT Tyler East Texas STEM Center, which also is under his directorship.
He also has served as a consultant or project evaluator to school districts, industry, professional organizations and universities. Odell currently serves as a reviewer for Pearson Publishing and has been acknowledged in a number of industry-leading science education textbooks.
One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,400 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.