Agriculture professor named Auburn University Presidential Administrative Fellow for 2012

AUBURN – Henry Fadamiro, Alumni Professor in the College of Agriculture’s Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Auburn University, has been named the university’s Presidential Administrative Fellow for 2012.

Auburn’s Presidential Administrative Fellowship Program is designed to help individual faculty members gain senior administrative experience while applying his or her faculty experience to issues and programs that impact a broad segment of the university community.

Fadamiro, who is also the integrated pest management coordinator for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, will serve two semesters on a half-time appointment with the Office of the President, where he will work with administrators, staff and faculty in the offices of the Provost, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, International Education and the deans’ offices of Auburn’s colleges and schools.

As the Presidential Administrative Fellow, he will build on an extensive international background and experience to develop a plan to help the university expand its ties with institutions in developing countries of Asia, Africa and other global regions where there is potential for mutually beneficial growth.

The Auburn professor’s project is titled “International Programming Initiative to Facilitate Academic Exchange and Research Cooperation with Developing Countries.”

“There are many people involved in international programs in academics, research and outreach or extension at Auburn, but much of the effort is random,” Fadamiro said. “There is at present no apparent mechanism to help people in one part of the university’s mission, such as teaching undergraduates, get together with others who have similar goals for international programming but work in a different mission area, such as research or outreach.”

He continued, “I will be working with faculty and administrators in all these areas to establish a mechanism to facilitate cooperation in identifying opportunities for international programming and build on those opportunities.”

Fadamiro said such efforts could lead to stronger graduate programs at Auburn through vibrant international exchange and cooperation programs with leading institutions in developing countries.

He added that opportunities also exist for Auburn faculty to work more closely with Alabama’s 1890 land-grant institutions – Alabama A&M and Tuskegee – in establishing ties with institutions in Africa, where they already have a strong presence. He also suggested the need to examine the mechanisms for international programming at universities around the nation that achieved success in such endeavors.

A faculty member at Auburn since 2003, Fadamiro holds a Ph.D. from Oxford University in England, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and is a native of Nigeria, where he earned two degrees. In addition to work in entomology and pest management at Auburn, he maintains collaborations with faculty in several universities and research institutions in China, England, Israel and African nations. He also led the successful effort to establish International Academic Interchange Agreements between Auburn and two universities in Africa.

Fadamiro’s international experience also includes his election as a fellow of the Royal Entomological Society of London in 2010, and he serves as editor of the journal Physiological Entomology, which is published by that society. He is also visiting professor at some universities abroad and has presented his research globally in several countries in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North America.

At the national level, earlier this month, the board of directors of LEAD21 – Leadership for the 21st Century – selected the Auburn professor to participate in its leadership development program for 2012-13, “Linking Research, Academics and Extension.” LEAD21 is a national organization that develops leaders in land-grant institutions and their strategic partners.

In his academic department, Fadamiro teaches three graduate and upper-level undergraduate courses. He has attracted more than $6 million in research grants, mentored more than 30 graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from different parts of the world and has published more than 75 refereed journal articles or book-length publications and 100 extension and outreach articles.

(Written by Roy Summerford.)

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