Dr. Olaniran (Ph.D. 1991) is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and also Affiliate Faculty in the Sociology and ICASAL. He has also served as visiting professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
He has authored several articles in discipline focus and interdisciplinary focus journals (i.e., Regional, National, and International) and book chapters in each of these areas. He also has an edited book on e-learning: “Cases on Successful E-Learning Practices in the Developed and Developing World.” Soon to be released is his co-edited book “Globalization and Digital Divide.”
He serves as consultant to organizations at local, national, and government level. His works have gained national and international recognition, such as the American Communication Association’s “Outstanding Scholarship in Communication Field,” Fulbright specialist scholar, and he is also the recipient of TTU 2008 President’s excellence in Teaching Award, TTU 2006 Office of the President’s Diversity Award, 2007 and was nominated for 2007 TTU Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award Teaching Academy.
He has served as Faculty Fellow and Faculty Fellow Mentor through TTU’s TLTC. One of the things that sets him apart is his international scholastic seminal series, most recently including Knowledge Learning, Information & Technology (KLIT) in Taiwan; Global Crisis Management Conference in Russia; and Culture & E-Learning in Hong Kong.
Funded Grant Activities
- 2007: Office of Research Services, Travel Grant $1,200
- 2006: Collaborative NIH Grant for Cultural communication Competence curriculum for TTHSC $250,000.
- 2006: Arts & Humanities Travel Grant $1,200.
2001: $14,175 U.S. Census Bureau for Videoconferencing System Evaluation
- 2001: $8000 Software support from Clearphone for Pilot Videoconferencing Study
- 2000: $750 Research Travel Grant from Office of Research Services
- 1999: Secure 40 Computers for Departmental use through ATLC which also resulted in a joint ($50,000) cost sharing computer lab with the Mass Communication Department.
- 1998: $750 Travel Grant from Office of Research Services
- 1997 $3,000 Communication Technology Equipment Grant from Teaching Technology and Learning Center.
- 2 NSF Grants (as PI and Co-PI).
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