VP for Research
Dr. Charles Amlaner currently serves as the founding Vice President of Research and Dean of the Graduate College, and Professor of Animal Behavior and Neurosciences at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia (USA).
Before his current appointment, Dr. Amlaner previously chaired the departments of zoology, life sciences, and ecology and organismal biology during a 23-year period at the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) and Indiana State University. He also served as an Administrative Fellow for Research and Graduate Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana State University. With this academic and administrative background, he managed a broad spectrum of academic degree programs (i.e., BS, MS theses and non-thesis, and PhD dissertation research), directed major grant research projects, managed complex science-building projects, and organized strategic and tactical administrative matters pertaining to all aspects of faculty life in a multidisciplinary academic environment.
Dr. Amlaner also served 5 years as Chairperson of the Department for Science Education at Indiana State University, which supported the largest number of science education majors in biology education and guided the redevelopment of their graduate degree (MAT - Master of Arts in Teaching) in science education teaching. He was the Principle Investigator (PI) or Co-PI on numerous extramurally funded research grants and contracts totaling over $20 million and continues to be actively engaged in grant proposal writing and submission.
Dr. Amlaner is the founding director of the Animal Sleep Research Group. For the past 30 years, this group has been responsible for studying the evolutionary significance of sleep in animals. In collaboration with several co-PI's, post docs, PhD, MS, and undergraduate research students, Dr. Amlaner's "group" has published a significant number of seminal articles on sleep behavior and electrophysiology in wild birds. Dr. Amlaner is best known for his work in biotelemetry and radio-tracking as a designer of electronic devices for remotely monitoring physiological parameters from free ranging animals. One of his most wildly cited publications is "A Handbook on Biotelemetry and Radio Tracking" co-edited with Dr. David MacDonald.
For 7 years, Dr. Amlaner served as a Commissioner and principal science advisor to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and following that appointment, served 12 years as a Governor appointed Councilperson to two Indiana Department of Natural Resources advisory boards. Dr. Amlaner is an active member of a number of professional societies including the Animal Behavior Society, the Ecological Society of America (Certified Professional Ecologist), The Sleep Research Society (Current Committee Chairperson on Educational Programming), the National Council for University Research Administrators, the Council on Graduate Schools, the International Society on Biotelemetry, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Charles is married to Beverly Ruth (Pohle) Amlaner whose love is elementary school teaching. They have two children, Kirsten (Amlaner) Burns (PsyD) married to Terry Burns (MD, PhD), and Sean Amlaner (MFA), married to Marianoel (Sulgatti) Amlaner. His leisure activities include working in his machine shop at home and boating, photography, and fishing and hunting in the great outdoors of Indiana, Arkansas, and now Georgia.