Dear Administrators, Faculty, andStaff:
As the chief academic officer forTexas Southern University, I take great pleasure
in introducing the newly formed Teaching and Learning Excellence Center (TLEC). The
Teaching and Learning Excellence Center's primary function is to promote a culture
of excellence in teaching and advising by offering training, professional development
and support to university faculty and staff.
Under the leadership of Dr. Kimberly McLeod, the TLEC staff and advisory board, will
host a series of professional learning opportunities during the 2012-2013 academic
term. These will engage university faculty in training that is multi-faceted, but
focused on instructing, advising, assessing, and preparing university students for
a global learning environment. It is my goal that through collaborative efforts students
of Texas Southern University will demonstrate, excellence in achievement.
Sunny E. Ohia, Ph.D., FARVO
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research
Dr. Sunny E. Ohia has been the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and
Research at Texas Southern University since 2008. He also holds an academic appointment
as Professor of Pharmacology in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. As provost,
Dr. Ohia provides leadership for academic and research programs, enrollment management
services, institutional effectiveness and strategic planning activities on campus
(current student enrollment is about 9,600). His accomplishments include the establishment
of a new Honors College, several new online degree programs, new graduate and undergraduate
degree programs, new research partnerships, and an improved student enrollment and
Prior to his appointment at Texas Southern University, Dr. Ohia was dean of the College
of Pharmacy at the University of Houston, Houston, TX for six years. During his tenure
at the University of Houston, College of Pharmacy, total research expenditures increased
by more than 400 percent. Under his leadership, the number of endowed scholarships
also increased by more than 120 percent to a total of more than $1.5 million. Furthermore,
graduate student enrollment was up approximately 70 percent, and total expenditures
from state government and local sources increased by more than 100 percent. When Dr.
Ohia took the helm as dean in 2002, he spearheaded the initiative to recruit high
quality faculty and was successful in achieving a 50% net increase in growth in faculty
Prior to his tenure at the University of Houston, he served in a number of leadership
positions at the Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, Omaha,
NE, including department chair and associate dean. He currently holds an adjunct professor
appointment in ophthalmology and visual science at the University of Nebraska Medical
Center, and in integrative biology and pharmacology at the University of Texas Health
Sciences Center in Houston. Dr. Ohia is the principal investigator on a number of
federal research grants and is the author of more than 200 research abstracts and
articles in his field. He holds three U.S. patents for his scientific work and has
applied for three international patents and six additional U.S. patents.
Dr. Ohia is a member of several professional organizations, including the Association
for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, which elected him a Fellow in 2007 (FARVO).
He is also active in the community and currently serves as a patron member of Pearland
Theater Guild, Houston Downtown Alliance and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. His
hobbies include reading (military history), golfing and hunting.
Dr. Ohia received the Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacology and the Master of
Science degree in pharmacology and therapeutics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
He received his Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Glasgow, in Scotland,
United Kingdom. Dr. Ohia completed postdoctoral research training fellowships in neuroscience
and in ophthalmology/visual sciences at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
and the University of Louisville, School of Medicine, KY, respectively.