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Curriculum Vita of Dr. Diola Bagayoko: [Narrative] [Grants] [Publications] [Presentations]


EDUCATION (For, in dealing with complex situations, good faith is not enough in carrying out tasks that require knowledge & skills)

Ph.D., Physics (theoretical solid state), Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, 1983. 
M.S., Physics (solid state), Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1978. 
B.S., Physics and Chemistry, Ecole Normale Superieure de Bamako, Bamako, Mali, 1973. 
Formal training (theory and practice) in the art and science of teaching and learning, 
Ecole Normale Super. de Bamako, (1969-73). 

EMPLOYMENT (For, it is an opportunity to contribute positively)

Please refer to the following pages for some pertinent performance measures in the positions named below.

2003-Present: Director, Louis Stokes Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation
1999-Present: Southern University System Distinguished Professor of Physics
1994-Present: Professor of Physics, Southern University and A&M College (SUBR).
1994-Present: Chancellor's Fellow, a distinguished academic appointment at SUBR.
1992-Present: Associate Director, Louisiana Space Consortium (LaSPACE).
1990-Present: Director, the Timbuktu Academy
1989-1993: Associate Professor, Department of Physics, SUBR.
1984-1989: Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, SUBR.
1987-1988: Director, Office of Grants, Sponsored Research and Faculty Development, Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
1983-Present: Visiting Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
1983-1984: Lecturer, Department of Physics, University of Garyounis, Benghazi, Libya.
1982-1983: Research Assistant, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
1978-1982: Teaching Assistant, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
1975-1983: AFGRAD Fellow, African American Institute (AAI)-- for Ph.D. studies.
1973-1975: Instructor, Chemistry and Physics, Lycée (Senior High School) of Sikasso, Mali.

(These results are partly attested to by two US Presidential Awards for Excellence as noted below).

The employment history provided above partly attests to the teaching experiences.  The substance of these teaching experiences is conveyed through the following major components.  Please refer to Part III of this vita for contributions in harnessing several million of external funds for instructional equipment, computer laboratories, Networking in the Department and institution-wide, laboratory manager, audio-visual resources, etc.

  1. Courses
    Taught lecture, recitation, and/or laboratory courses which span the undergraduate Physics curriculum.  Illustrative topics include: Freshman Physics, Classical and Relativistic Mechanics, Solid State Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, and Mathematical Physics. Led the development of an entire graduate physics curriculum. 
    One should add to the above experiences two years of teaching high school physics and chemistry.  This affords a unique perspective as far as teaching college freshman courses is concerned.
  1. Curriculum Design and Innovation
    Reviewed, updated, or developed contents for various courses to insure congruency of the curriculum with the standards of the job market and of graduate schools.  As head of the departmental curriculum committee, designed the content and delivery methods for Phys 145, an introduction to Newtonian mechanics, Phys 311-411 mathematical physics sequence, Phys 400, computational physics, and over half of the graduate courses.

    The above curriculum designs integrate course content, delivery, and feedback mechanisms so as to take explicitly into account the taxonomy of the cognitive domain and utilize modern science and technologies, including cognitive condensation.

Student Recruitment, Advisement, and Systemic Mentoring  (For, we know of no giant who did not learn from and was not mentored by others)

Graduate Advisement, Thesis Direction and Thesis Committee Services

Theses Directed

Master’s of Science Theses

"The BZW Method and the Electronic Properties of Zinc Selenide (ZnSe)." Graduate Student: LaShounda Torrence. Successful Defense in October 2000. Graduate Date: May, 2001.

"Ab-Initio Computation of the Electronic Structure of Wurtzite Aluminum Nitride (AlN)."  Graduate Student: Yixin Luo. Successful Defense in November, 2000. Graduation Date: 12/00.

“Optimization Studies of Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell Performance in the Presence of Reformate Gas in the Anode Feedstream.” Graduate Student: Mr. Tommy Q. T. Rockward. Date of Defense: November,  1998. Date of Graduation: December 15, 1998.

“The Electronic Structure and Optical Properties of Ruthenium Dioxide.” Graduate Student: Mr. Troy. D. Williams. Date of graduation: July 31, 1998. Director: Diola Bagayoko, Ph.D.

“The Electronic, Magnetic, and Structural Properties of Al18Fe.” Graduate Student: Ms. LaKindra P. Francis. Date of Graduation: July 31, 1998. Director: Diola Bagayoko, Ph.D.

Bachelor of Science –Honors Theses

“Optimization and Spectrophotometric comparisons of Radiochromic Dye (2,3,5-Triphenyl-2H-Tetrazolium chloride) in Gelatin and Agar Models.” Student: LaKindra P. Rancis. Date of graduation: May, 1997. Co-directors: Diola Bagayoko, Dr. Lisa Karam (NIST, Physics Laboratory, Gaithersburg, MD), and Dr. Ella L. Kelley.

“Electronic Properties of Al18Fe.” Date of graduation: May, 1994. Director: Diola Bagayoko.

Thesis Committee Service (documentation of actual services is available)

Served on the thesis committees of the following Master’s degree students whose graduation dates are given in parentheses: Anthony Cochran (May 1998); Lan Zhou (7/31/1998), Ke Yu (7/31/1998), Isiaka Akanbi (7/31/1998), Manford Chinkhota (7/31/1998), LaShondria Dixon (7/31/1998).

Undergraduate Recruitment, Advisement, and Systemic Mentoring: The Timbuktu Academy.  The Timbuktu Academy received the US Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring in 2002.

Personally supervised the research of an average of six (6) physics majors, per year, from 1989 to present. Sponsored four (4) national EPA fellows from 1988 to 1989.  Provided financial support, through various grants, to thirty (30) students, and greatly assisted in the recruitment of selected students up to 1990. Served as academic advisor and mentor for five (5) student grand marshals of SUBR (Ms. Zelda Gills, spring 1989, African-American and now holding a Ph.D. in physics from Georgia Tech; Mr. Billy Vegara, a Hispanic American, Spring 1992, US Navy; Mr. Michael Ashenafi, Spring 2002, enrolled in medical Physics graduate program at LSU; Mr. Anthony Pullen, Spring 2004, in the Physics Ph.D. program at Caltech; Mr. Divine Kumah; Summer 2004 in the Applied Physics Ph.D. program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor).

Established the nationally recognized Timbuktu Academy with the financial support of the National Science Foundation (RCMS Program) and the Louisiana Board of Regents.  A major funding from the Department of the Navy, Office of Naval Research (ONR), has expanded the Academy in 1993 to "mentor one hundred (100) precollege students per summer, fifty (50) high achieving college students majoring in physics, engineering, and chemistry, and to affect, positively, over 5000 precollege and college students and their  parents per year." Recruited and mentored, thanks to additional funding from NASA, NIST, NSF, and SUBR, additional physics, engineering, and chemistry majors per year, including five (5) NASA-USRP scholars. About 93% of these scholars are African-Americans, the others are Hispanic, White, and Asian-Americans.

He initiated, through local, regional, and national publications and presentations, a wide replication of the Timbuktu Academy, including in the State of Louisiana via the Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation (LAMP) for which he is one of the principal investigators. The paradigm, objectives, activities, diversified funding base, programs, and selected results of the Timbuktu Academy are available on the world wide web at

Based on the strength of the undergraduate program, the Louisiana Board of Regents  approved the M.S. degree program in physics effective in the fall of 1996.  The Graduate Component of the Timbuktu Academy has been established and already secured three (3) superior graduate fellowships, from a competitive state-funding program.

A greater appreciation of what we refer to as mentoring is available in Education, Vol.115, No.1, November, 1994 in a series of three (3) articles co-authored by Bagayoko. These papers place the creation of educational value added on a scientific footing. The actual results, in terms of graduates and their pursuit of Ph.D. degrees, the production of new knowledge by the scholars, and their scholastic accomplishments are available at the web site noted above.

Please refer to the web site of the Academy for the 30-50 students who have conducted research at federal, industrial, and university laboratories around the country, each summer, and for the tens of students who attended national, and regional professional conferences each year. Selected conferences are those of  APS, NCBPS,  NSBP, NSBE, NCUR, ASEE/GSW, Tri-Beta, and ACS conferences.

 (For, proper and accountable management matters)

Has promoted and enhanced sponsored project activities at SUBR, during the year and a half tenure as Director of the Office of Grants, Sponsored Programs, and Faculty Development.  Illustrative results are:  a four fold increase in the number of grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and a two fold increase in the funding level from NSF; a two fold increase of the number of faculty development projects; the move of SUBR from no rank to number two, in number of funded projects as well as in funding level, in the state wide competitive 8(g) enhancement grant program for public and private colleges and universities in the State of Louisiana (1988-1989). (Mastery Accreditation Process)

Rigorously self-schooled in the theory and practice of management and administration (strategic planning; human resource development, empowering, and support; budgeting, etc). Demonstrated abilities in Office of Grants (please refer to results given above) and in successfully managing over $300,000 competitive sponsored project funds per year, from 1987 to 1991; this sponsored project support has been over $1,000,000 per year from 1992 to 1998. From 1999 to 2003, it has been over $2,000,000 per year.  (Please see Part III).

  • Principal Author of the 1988 position paper (adopted by the Faculty Senate) that led to the establishment of Ph.D. degree programs as a focus of the Higher Education Desegregation and actually led, with the work of many others, to the establishment of 4 Ph.D. programs at SUBR. An understanding of the dynamics of higher education is apparent in this position paper whose page 9 was at the core of SUBR’s submission to the court.
  • Directed the Enhancement of Academic Computing at SUBR, funded by the LEQSF program at $250,000. This project, in collaboration with Facility Planning, not only built the first legs of SUBR’s fiber optics backbone network, but also arranged to have underground conduits through the campus for the expansion of the network. In 1997, directed New Model in Teaching, Mentoring and Learning that established the Campus Network Management (CNM). This project shepherded SUBR network until the establishment (in 1998-99) of the Technology and Network Services Office.


  • To make presentations on the paradigm, program, activities and results of the Timbuktu Academy – for replication purposes – at Albany State University, Albany, Georgia (April 2007).  
  • To deliver a keynote address to the 2007 GLBOE ( Africa Consortium meeting in George, South Africa (April 23-27, 2007). The address was on April 24, 2007.
  • To referee manuscripts for publication in Physical Review Letters (PRL) and Physical Review B (PRB), 1990-present; the Journal of Crystal Growth (2007-present), and the Journal of Negro Education.
  • To participate in the development and the implementation of the reconstitution plan for Prescott Middle School, in partnership with East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS), 2005 to 2007.
  • To serve as one of 20 African scientists in the Diaspora, selected world wide, in the Second Regional Consultations for  research program development in Africa – sponsored by the International Council of Science (, in Johannesburg, South Africa (2006).
  • To Deliver Science Education Reform Workshops for Teachers, Demonstrations and Motivational Speeches to K-12th Grade Students across the State of Louisiana (1999-2005), pursuant to the Speaking of Science Program (SoS) of the Louisianan Board of Regents. 
  • To evaluate proposals or graduate fellowship applications for the National Science Foundation (NSF, 1997-Present), proposals reviewed to date include conference, research, and educational ones. 
  • To evaluate proposals for the US Department of Education (US-ED, 2004), pursuant to the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement program (MSEIP). 
  • To evaluate educational programs funded by NASA at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and at Hispanic Serving institutions (1992-93) and to develop a tracking system for them.
  • To address faculty members from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, at the invitation of the White House Initiative (WHI), on the subject of attaining competitiveness in spnsored program activities in support of instruction, research, and service (April 2, 2004). 
  • To conduct workshops on reform-guided standard-based teaching and the associated standard-based learning as verified by objective assessments. Several school districts in the State of Louisiana, including those of St. Martin, East Baton Rouge, and St. Helena Parishes have utilized Bagayoko’s services (1990–Present). 
  • To conduct workshops and parental involvement meetings for the Louisiana Department of Education (February and June 2001). 
  • To conduct instructional workshop and to evaluate the instructional practices and the related standardized test results of students for the J. K. Haynes Elementary Charter School (1998 to Present). 
  • To Evaluate the TOTKEN Project of the University of Mali, Mali, West Africa, for the United National Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United Nations Development Program (Fall 2000).

(For, it takes funding, from sources other than the State, to promote and to sustain excellence)

The many proposals that led to the referenced funding were, in their own right, scholarly documents. Most of the projects involved other faculty members (and staff) at SUBR and elsewhere. Working with others is a necessary part of accomplishing great things. In the details on the projects, as provided on Pages 15-25), these colleagues are completely named.

The following summary of the amounts of funding does not, unfortunately, address the critically important enhancements of teaching and learning, mentoring, research, and related infrastructure of SUBR, other campuses of the SU System, and other institutions.  The reader is therefore urged to consult Part II for these important points that constitute the motivation and the objectives of sponsored programs.


Summary of funding

  • $5,259,330 from 1984-85 to 1998 (Directed by Bagayoko)
  • $3, 000,000of competitive awards to Bagayoko as director(1998-00)
  • $14,800,000 of competitive awards with Bagayoko as Co-principal Investigator

[$7.2 Million of LAMP (1996-2000) & $7.5 Million (2000-2005)] Bagayoko assumed the directorship of this project in July 2003, upon the departure of the first director.  
Phase III funding, not including in the above total, amounts to $5,000,000 for five (5) years 
[2005-2010; $500k from NSF and $500k from La Board of Regents]
SUBR is the lead campus for LS-LAMP that involves 10 other Louisiana universities.

  • $1,500,000 for New Models in Teaching, Mentoring, and Learning across the SUBR campus (1997-2002). This project established also the Campus Network Management at SUBR.
  • $3 Million of NASA support for PIPELINES (2000 to2002)
  • $3,948,000 from the National Science Foundation for the Bridge to the Doctorate Program of LS-LAMP [D. Bagayoko, PI/PD with Drs. S. S. Pang, Isiah Warner, and S. Watkins as co-PIs; 2005-6 to 2008-09].


(Please see the listing of publications on pages 26-35)

Over 80 mostly technical, refereed publications deal with condensed matter theory (electronic, cohesive, magnetic, optical, and other properties of metals, semiconductors, oxides, clusters, and carbon nanotubes). Bagayoko and colleagues introduced the Bagayoko, Zhao, and Williams (BZW) procedure that opened the way, for the first time, to predictive calculations of electronic and related properties of semiconductors [Bull. Amer. Phys. Soc., Vol. 43, No. 1, p. 846 (1998); J. Phys.: Condensed Matter, Vol. 10, pp. 5645-5655 (1998); and Physical Review B60, pp. 1563-1572 (1999).] These articles solved a problem that had baffled the physics community from the beginning of quantum computations to 1998.

Over 50 publications deal with teaching, mentoring, and learning. With 3-5 refereed publications, Bagayoko and colleagues have placed systemic mentoring on a rigorous scientific footing. Bagayoko and Kelley introduced an extension and several applications of the power law of human performance and introduced the concept of cognitive condensation in teaching and learning [Education, Vol. 115, No. 1, 1994]. Bagayoko and colleagues introduced a problem-solving paradigm (College Teaching, Winter 2000) that has been somewhat validated by “Adding it Up: Helping Children Learn Mathematics” where four (4) of the five strands of the paradigm are reinvented in this 2001 publication of the National Academy of Science.  Bagayoko and colleagues were the first to utilize the certainty of response index (CRI) in the identification of misconceptions in science and mathematics while distinguishing these misconceptions from a lack of concept or of knowledge.

Scholarly documents germane to degree program and infrastructure development

  1. Principal Author, SUBR's Implementation Plan for the SU System’s Extra-Compensation Policy (this page document had to pass the test of state and federal regulations).
  2. Co-principal author, The Proposal and the Strategic Plan for the Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at SUBR, Spring, 1996.
  3. Co-principal author, LAMP proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF), 1994-95. (refereed and rated excellent by seven consultants of the Foundation). Funded for five years (1996-97 to 2000-01, at the level of $7.3 Million, by the National Science Foundation and the LA Board of Regents! The related continuation proposal was funded in December 2000 for five additional years (2001-2005), for $7.5 Million. 2006-2010 Phase III, has been recommended for funding for $5,000,000.
  4. Principal author, SUBR's Proposal and Strategic Plan to Establish a Ph.D. in Science/Mathematics Education (1990-93). (A four volume documents.) This Ph.D. degree program was officially established in the fall of 1998; the first students enrolled in January 1999!
  5. Principal Author, SUBR's Proposal to Establish a Master's Degree Program in Physics (Summer and Fall 1992). The M.S. degree program in physics started in the fall of 1996!
  6. Co-Principal Author, SUBR's Report for the Board of Regents' Review of the Physics Undergraduate Program (fall, 1992). The lead author was Dr. C. H. Yang, Chairman. The department’s undergraduate program earned the highest rating of “outstanding.” The consultants of the Board of Regents wrote: “The undergraduate Physics program at SUBR is among the best we have encountered anywhere and the vehicle for this has been the altogether remarkable organization, the Timbuktu Academy.”

The reader should refer to these documents and proposals to assess the amount of work and the level of scholarship.  For each of proposals 1 and 2 above, the author had to postpone the writing of one technical paper in order to develop them at the scope and depth that are becoming to a Chancellor's Fellow.  The cited literature in these proposals mildly conveys the scholarly work embedded into them. 


Details are provided in Part II on each of these presentations, i.e., date, place, occasion, audience, etc.  They include over 70 international presentations, 19 of which were made overseas. They also include over 80 national, 25 State, and 37 local presentations. There are more than 40 presentations in Louisiana Schools, pursuant to the Speaking of Science Program (SoS) of the Louisiana Board of Regents.

Illustrative Examples of International and National Contributions Follow:

  • December 11, 2007, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Invited, plenary presentation at the 4th International Conference of the African Materials Research Conference on “A mathematical solution to the band gap catastrophe: Predictive calculations of properties of semiconductors and of nuclei.”
  • October 2004, First International Conference of Intellectuals from Africa and Diaspora, Dakar, Senegal. Bagayoko was one of 150 invited guests, from across the world and outside Africa, of the African Union.
  • November 3-5, 1999. Department of Defense (DOD) Science, Mathematics, and Engineering (SEM) Education Leaders Conference; Arlington, VA, Invited Presentation on "Undergraduate Success Stories." Over one hundred (100) DoD attendees (from all branches) and other leaders.
  • May 8, 1999. NAACP's Daisy Bates Educational Symposium, New Orleans, LA; Invited Presentation on "Minorities in Science and Engineering." Over 100 attendees with over 50 participated in discussions.
  • July 29-30, 1998. US Workforce Development Workshop organized by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the White House Office of Science and Technology (OST). Invited Presentation on Perspective of US Presidential Award Winners. Over one hundred (100) government, educational, and private leaders.
  • April 1997 and 1998; February 2000 and March 2001: Co-Organizer and Session Chair: Undergraduate High Tech Expo of the National Organization for Equal Opportunity (NAFEO) in Higher Education, Washington D.C.

OTHER SKILLS (For my precollege teachers taught me to speak and to write)

  • Excellent knowledge of Mandingo and French languages.
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience in FORTRAN programming and numerical methods.
  • Developed numerous instructional programs for various classes (freshman to senior and graduate levels) and major research codes.
  • Proficiency in the use of modern productivity enhancement software products.
  • Rigorously self-schooled in the theory and practice of management and administration
  • (strategic planning, human resource empowering and support and Evaluation, budgeting).

(For there is more to society, including making SEM education and research possible and relevant, than SEM disciplines)

The following entries illustrate the type and scope of the service rendered, specific contributions and written reports are available.

  1. Member, National Planning Committee of the Joint Annual Meeting of the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) and of the National Society of Hispanic Physicists (NSHP), 2006-2008.
  2. Member, National Planning Committee for the 13th Annual Conference of the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) in New Orleans, Louisiana (1997).
  3. Interviewed (3 different times) by British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) French Services for 15-30 minutes radio shows broadcast throughout Africa -- in French. Tapes of the interviews are available. Subjects: Research and related issues. (1996 to present).
  4. Technical Referee Board for publications in Physical Review B, Solid State Physics (1989-Present), and of Physical Review Letters (1990-Present). Physical Review journals are the top journals of Physics in the United States and perhaps the world. Records of performed reviews are available.
  5. Proposal/Program Review Committee, National Science Foundation (NSF), 1992-Present.
  6. Associate Director, Louisiana Space consortium (LaSPACE); LaSPACE is an aerospace consortium of sixteen public and private higher educational institutions in the State of Louisiana. (1991-Present). The Consortium is funded by NASA (1991-present).  Few pages will not suffice to enumerate contributions. Records in boxes.
  7. Member, Science and Technology Advisory Committee of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), 1991-Present. Extensive Reports to SUBR are available.
  8. Campus Coordinator of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Research Facility Survey (1987-1992). Produced three major quantitative reports included in NSF publications on the same subject (NSF 88-320, NSF 90-318, and the 1992 Edition).
  9. Member, 1991-92 Conference Organizing Committee of NSBP. Reports of files attest to contributions and to the impressive participation of SUBR (largest student-presenter delegation) at the Conference.
  10. Consultant, US Department of Energy (DOE) - 1992-93, for the development of the International Science/Mathematics Education Center. Contributions: 2 and a half day deliberations on the scope, mission, structure, operation, and funding of the Center; the development of several sections of the proposal for the funding of the Center.
  11. Consultant to Battelle - Pacific North West Laboratories (PNL) for reviews of competitive applications (Fed. 1990; Feb. 1991).
  12. Consultant to the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) along with Educational Testing Service (1988-1990).
  13. Department of Defense (DoD) Liaison Officer for Southern University in connection with NAFEO's Project. Produced two ten-page research capability of SUBR which are featured in two national publications of NAFEO, and numerous reports (1987-1989).
  14. National Chairman, Organizing Committee of the 1990 National Conference of Black Physicists (1989-1990).


  1. Parliamentarian of the SUBR Faculty Senate (2006-08).
  2. Southern University Recruitment Committee for High Achieving Students (2008-Present)
  3. Southern University Student Retention Oversight Committee (2007-Present)
  4. SU System President’s Academic Planning Committee (2006-present )
  5. Member, SU System Academic Advisory Committee (2005-06)
  6. Vice President, the Faculty Senate, SUBR, (2004-06)
  7. Member, College of Science Curriculum Committee (2004-06)
  8. Member, Hearings on Grade Issues (2004)
  9. Member, SUBR’s Self-Study Steering Committee (1997-2000)
  10. Member, SUBR’s Strategic Planning Council (1997-2001)
  11. Chairman, Research and Service Task Force for Strategic Planning (1997-98)
  12. Chairman, Oversight Committee, Ph.D. Degree Program in Science and Mathematics Education (1996-98)
  13. Member, University Graduate Council (1997-2002)
  14. Member, University Scholarship Task Force (1996-98)
  15. Member, Academic Council, SUBR, representing the Faculty Senate (1996-98)
  16. Member, University-wide Committee for Telephone Registration (1998-99)
  17. Member, University Curriculum Committee (1998-2003)
  18. Chairman, Graduate Faculty, Department of Physics  (1996-Present)
  19. Member, Advisory Committee, Research Center at Minority Institution (RCMI, 1995-Present)
  20. Member, Statewide Management Council, Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation (1996-Present)
  21. Member, Statewide Council, Louisiana Space Consortium (LaSPACE, 1992-Present)
  22. President, The Faculty Senate of Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA. (1996-1999)
  23. Member, Executive Committee, Association of Louisiana Faculty Senate, (1997-1999)
  24. Member, Louisiana Stimulus for Excellence in Research (LaSER), an advisory committee of the State Board of Regents. Its function is to explore ways and means for stimulating competitive research involvement and productivity on Louisiana campuses (1986-Present). Contributions:  Numerous reports; a 31 page Position Paper that permeated LEQSF policies over the last five years; wrote parts of the State EPSCoR proposal funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1989 for $1.8 Million, etc.
  25. Member, Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund (LEQSF) Planning Committee. This state wide committee advises the Board of Regents on instructional and research matters as they relate to the yearly competitive grant program (about $25 Million per year) known as the 8(g) program (1987-Present). Contributions: revisions of proposal guidelines; numerous reports, etc. Chair of the Committee from 2001 to 2004.
  26. Member, University Curriculum Committee, SUBR, 1995-2003.
  27. Member, Oversight Committee for the Ph.D. in Science/Mathematics Education, SUBR, 1995-Present.
  28. Member, Southern University System's Extra-Compensation Task Force, 1995-1997.
  29. Member, RCMI Advisory Committee, SUBR, 1994-1996.
  30. Member, SUBR's Science Education Advisory Board (1990-1996). Contributions: suggestions to the university on the subject.
  31. Member, SUBR Tenure and Promotion Committee, 1991-1992.
  32. Chair, SUBR Ph.D. in Science/Mathematics Education Proposal Development Committee (1990-1996); Contributions: Coordination of proposal Development; writing of four sections of the proposal, etc; Member
  33. Chair, SUBR Standing Committee on Library Assessment, 1991-1993. Contributions include tens of pages of minutes, reports, and recommendations.
  34. Chair, SUBR Research Data Processing Committee, 1992-2000. Contributions include the leading SUBR Research Park Concept formulation; Review of Legal Framework for same; reports and recommendations.  Member, SUBR Computing and Telecommunication Council, 1992-Present.
  35. Member, SUBR Engineering Strategic Planning Team, 1991-1992. Contributions include participation in discussions.
  36. Chair, Departmental Curriculum Committee. Related activities have been described in the section on teaching experiences (1984-Present). Contributions:  Acquired and helped integrate into the curriculum extensive computer, laboratory, and audio visual equipment and resources totaling about $900,000.
  37. Member of various SUBR Ad-Hoc and Search Committees, including Search Committee (1992)for Library Dean, Historically Black Research University Foundation's Proposal Writing Team (1991); School of the Future Panel (1992 & Continuing); etc.
  38. Member, University Research Council (1989-1990). Contributions: served as Secretary of the Council and hence prepared all minutes; drafted several documents for the Council, including its revised bylaws.
  39. Member, Southern University System wide Committees on Computer Infrastructure (1989-1990). Contributions: studies and reports on Academic and Research Computing at SUBR.
  40. Member, Southern University's Extra-Compensation Task Force (1989-1990). Contributions:  provided some state and federal laws and regulations relative to the subject.
  41. Member or Chair of several Ad-Hoc committees including: Chancellor Search (member, 1989); Physics Chairperson Search (Chair, 1990); Regional Conference on International and Foreign Service Opportunities (member, 1990); Physics Faculty Search Committee (member, 1989); Physics Personnel Evaluation (Chair, 1991). Reports and developed evaluation instruments are among the contributions.
  42. Chair, Campus 8(g) Committee in charge of the internal reviews of proposals for submission to the State Board of Regents (1987-1989). Held workshops and support sessions; contributed to SUBR's leading position, in the State, in 8(g) funding for 1989 awards to 1988 proposals.
  43. Co-Chair, SUBR-Business and Industry Cluster's Grant Committee. The function of this committee is to assist the university in securing instructional, research, and service grants (1988-1990).  Co-Chair, Cluster's Faculty Development Committee (1987-88). Member, SUBR's Self-Study Committee on Institutional Effectiveness, 1989-1990. Contributed to the development of a comprehensive survey instrument to assess effectiveness.
  44. Member, Louisiana Super Conducting Super Collider Commission (1988).
  45. Co-chair, Fifth Annual College of Science Symposium, 1991. Contributions included the Program, available on request, and the Proceedings (in preparation).
  46. Member, 1990 College of Sciences Symposium Committee.

 (For, my students have to come from some schools)

  1. Member, Louisiana EPSCoR Conference Committee, 1995-96.
  2. Delivers over 5 workshops to campus and local communities, per year, on the development of responsive and competitive proposals (at SUBR, SUNO, Crestworth Elementary and Middle Schools, Lanier Elementary, Pointe Coupee Central High, SU Laboratory School, Parish Internship Program, etc). Other Contributions: the development and dissemination [about ninety (90) copies per year] of Proposal Development, a road map for the development of a responsive and competitive grant proposal..
  3. Member, SUBR Faculty Senate & Chairman, Senate Policy Committee, (1988-1993.). Contributions include studies, reports and the principal authorship of the 1988 Position Paper of the Senate on Higher Education Desegregation in Louisiana.
  4. Member, SUBR's International Culture Council and member of the African Culture Committee (1990-1993). Contributions: participation in activities, meeting.
  5. Member, Lanier Elementary School Advisory Council (1991-1993).
  6. Member, National Issues Forum Committee (1989-1991). Contributions include organizing specific forums.
  7. Numerous presentations to classrooms, churches, and organizations (1984-Pres.), including First Presbyterian Church of Baton Rouge (1991), Leadership-Greater Baton Rouge (1989).  
  8. Served as judge at the 1984 International Science Fair in Shreveport, Louisiana and at two local science fairs.

Please see the seven (7) scholarly documents listed under "Scholarly Documents." Some of them pertain to the development of the M.S. Degree in Physics, the Ph.D. Degree Program  in Science/ Mathematics Education, and the Ph.D. Degree Program in Materials Science and Engineering. They are equivalent to competitive projects as per the rigorous review process they have to undergo.  The MS Degree Program in Physics was established in 1995 and recruited its first graduate students in 1996.  The Ph.D. Degree Program in Science/ Mathematics Education recruited its first students in the spring of 1999.

 (For, to join our peers and to partake in the research, educational, and service discourse or not to do so is the question)

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • The American Physical Society (APS), U.S.A., (1979-Present)
  • National Science Teachers Association (1991-Present)
  • The New York Academy of Science (1991-Present)
  • The National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP), (1982-Present)
  • Member of over five Divisions and Forums of APS.
  • The Louisiana Academy of Science (LAS) (1990-Present)
  • Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society (SPS), (1986-Present)
  • Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) Education Honor Society (1988-Present)
  • Beta Kappa Chi (BKX) Honors Fraternity (1997-Present).

 (For they are welcomed invitations to aim and work for greater heights)
Attachment I lists the grants and contracts partly or totally acquired by Bagayoko, over the last several years, for the support of instructional, research, service, institutional development, and particularly undergraduate/ graduate training and mentoring activities. These grants are among the highest forms of award for faculty.

  1. First, Second, and Third Place Awards to the Timbuktu Academy’s Pre-college, Senior Division Quiz Bowl Teams at the 2006 National Science Bowl Competition of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBBChE), Los Angeles, CA, April 2006. This unprecedented record might be matched one day; we do not see how it could be surpassed! The Junior Division Team of the Timbuktu Academy was also the national champion.
  2. National Benjamin Banneker Legacy Award to D. Bagayoko and to the Timbuktu Academy, for K-8 Education efforts and results, from the Benjamin Banneker Institute for Science and Technology, Washington, DC.
  3. Partner in Education Certificate, for K-12 Education work, from the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) – July 2007
  4. Chancellor’s Millionaire Club Award, April 212, 2006.
  5. Chancellor’s Award for Most Funded Proposals, April 21, 2006.
  6. College of Sciences Researcher of the Year, April 2006.
  7. Four (4) Millionaire Club Awards for acquiring a Million or more in sponsored funding in a year. 
    SUBR Chancellor’s recognition program: 2003-04, 2001-02, 2000-01, and 1998-99.  Not including in these award are the more than $14,000,000 of funding for the Louis Stokes Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation (LS-LAMP) for which the Board of Regents is the grantee agency.
  8. Speaking of Science (SoS) Award, Louisiana Board of Regents, January 2003.
  9. The National Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) Distinguished Faculty Award to Dr. Diola Bagayoko, Director, the Timbuktu Academy, March 15, 2008, at the Marriott Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  10. The National Benjamin Banneker Legacy Award to Dr. Diola Bagayoko and the Timbuktu Acdemy, November 7, 2007. This award was presented to Dr. Bagayoko by Dr. William (Bill) Cosby in person, at the J. W.Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C.
  11. The Timbuktu Academy, under the directorship of Bagayoko, won the 2002 US Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.
  12. Two (2) Awards for “Most Proposals Awarded,” Chancellor’s Recognition Program, SUBR, 2001-02 and 1998-99.
  13. Southern University System Distinguished Professor of Physics, August, 1999. This is the highest academic position in the Southern University System. (Just trying to emulate my late dissertation advisor, the late Boyd Professor Joseph Callaway who held the highest rank in the LSU System.)
  14. Ciwara (Tchiwara) D’Exception: National Award in Mali for Exceptional Accomplishments. 1997.
  15. S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (September 25, 1996. Washington, D.C.).
  16. National Exemplary Undergraduate Program Award to the Timbuktu Academy, Directed by D. Bagayoko, from the Quality Education for Minority QEM) Network, Washington, D.C. (Spring, 1996)
  17. Teacher of the Year, College of Sciences, SUBR 1995-96.
  18. Chancellor's Fellow, the highest distinguished academic appointment at SUBR, 1994.
  19. Presidential Faculty Excellence Award, Southern University System, Spring 1993.
  20. LA Governor's Award for Excellence in School Science Reform, March 24, 1993.
  21. Chancellor's Renaissance Award, April 1992. First to earn this Award at SUBR.
  22. Chancellor's Research Excellence Award, Southern University, Spring 1989.
  23. Outstanding Research Award and Recognition entered in US Congressional Records, Phi Delta Kappa (PDK), Spring 1989.
  24. Outstanding Research Excellence Award, College of Sciences, Southern University, fall, 1988.
  25. Research and Teaching Excellence Award, Department of Physics, Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (1986).
  26. An International Centre for Theoretical Physics Award for participation in the Condensed Matter Workshop, Summer, 1984.
  27. Graduate Research/Teaching Assistantship, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1978-83.
  28. African-American Institute Fellowship, 1975-81. Operation Crossroads Africa Grant to travel to and throughout the U.S. Summer 1972.
  29. Fellowship from the Malian Government for undergraduate studies in Mali. French Government Fellowship, Aid and Cooperation Funds), 1970-71.