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Timothy O’Connor


AUCA President


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Dr. Timothy Edward O’Connor has been appointed as the new President of the American University of Central Asia (AUCA). Dr. O’Connor has a distinguished career of academic and administrative leadership, including over 30 years of teaching experience, 20 of which were as Professor of History at the University of Northern Iowa. For more than 12 years he served as the Vice Rector of Academic Affairs at the National University of Science and Technology MISIS in Moscow. In these positions, he was primarily responsible for institutional transformation, having conceived and implemented international accreditation for select educational programs; foresights with industrial partners in materials science, metallurgy, and mining; a new Learning and Teaching Center; projects on both Student Journey and Faculty Journey; and an International Scientific Advisory Council for external expertise on strategic development. He also led the University’s participation in the Russian national initiative on enhancing academic excellence (5- 100 Project) from 2013 to 2020. He is the author of six books, and scores of articles and other publications.


Dr. O’Connor earned his BA from Creighton University, with majors in both History and Theology, and his PhD from the University of Minnesota, focusing on Russian Studies, particularly the history of Soviet Russia. For several decades, he worked at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), first as assistant professor, associate professor, and professor in the Department of History and then as director of International Programs. He became an emeritus professor of History of UNI in 2012.

Dr. O’Connor first traveled to the then Soviet Union in 1975 and thus has been associated with Soviet and post-Soviet institutions of higher education for forty-eight years. Most of this experience comes from his long-time involvement with American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, an educational organization established in the mid-1970s for the purpose of promoting immersion foreign language and other culture learning for Americans abroad and for providing educational and research opportunities for students and scholars from around the world in the US.


Timothy O'Connor, "Anatoly Vasilyevich Lunacharsky", 1993, LINK


December 7, 2009

Timothy O'Connor, "Московский комсомолец", 2009, LINK


May 5, 2010

Timothy O'Connor, "Republic", 2010, LINK


October 27, 2010

Timothy O'Connor, "", 2010, LINK


August 24, 2012

Timothy O'Connor, "Science and Life", August, 2012, LINK


January 31, 2013

Timothy O'Connor, "Expert", January, 2013, LINK


October 4, 2013

Timothy O'Connor, «МИСиС» «Сталь», 2013, LINK


December 5, 2014

Timothy O'Connor, "Russian Council for International Affairs", December, 2014, LINK


January 18, 2018

Timothy O'Connor, "History issues: article about the biography of Leonid Borisovich", 2018, LINK


June 4, 2018

Timothy O'Connor, "From Generation Z to Generation TECH", 2018, LINK


October 2019

Timothy O'Connor, "On the path of people's diplomacy," October, 2019, LINK


September, 2019

Timothy O'Connor, "Pedagogical news" No. 26-28, 2019, LINK


October 3, 2019

Timothy O'Connor, "Pedagogical news", 2019, LINK


June 14, 2021

Timothy O'Connor,  "Industrial and educational partnership with African and Latin American countries", 2021, LINK





January 1, 1983

Timothy O'Connor, "The Politics of Soviet Culture: Anatolii Lunacharskii", 1983, LINK 



Timothy O'Connor, "Engineer of the Revolution. L. B. Krasin and the Bolsheviks. 1870-1926", 1993, LINK



Timothy O'Connor, "Georgy Chicherin and Soviet Foreign Policy 1918-1930", 1991, LINK









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