About.

INSPIRED TO SOLVE PROBLEMS.

My roots are in the academy. As a biological anthropologist working in three countries, I learned the value of repeatability, data quality, thoughtful experimental design, and most importantly collegial collaboration. Focusing on anthropology and scientometrics, I conduct data-driven projects to solve complex problems. I brought those skills to a company I co-founded, where I perform scholarly research and manage a program of investigation empowering other scholars to answer some of the biggest questions facing American higher education today.
Work

Work.

Academic + Corporate.

Work Experience

  • 2005-present Academic Analytics, LLC: Co-Founder & Director of Scholarly Research (formerly Chief Knowledge Officer, 2005-2017).
  • 2010-2011 Department of Anthropology, Stony Brook University, USA: Research Professor.
  • 2009-2010 Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana, Grupo de Antropología Dental, Burgos, Spain: Juan de la Cierva Research Fellow.
  • 2006-2009 Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Human Evolution, Leipzig, Germany: Post-Doctoral Researcher.
  • 2001-2005 The Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Research Assistant to the Associate Provost for Analysis and Planning.

Education

  • 2006 Ph.D. – Anthropological Sciences, Stony Brook University, USA. Dissertation: Microcomputed tomography of primate Molars. Ph.D. committee: Dr. Lawrence Martin (chair), Dr. Frederick Grine, Dr. Callum Ross, and Dr. Stefan Judex.
  • 2004 M.A. – Anthropological Sciences, Stony Brook University, USA.
  • 2000 B.S. – Anthropology, University of Wisconsin, USA.
Media Engagement

Media.

INTERVIEWS & OP-EDS.

  • Interviewed for Article: Faculty Council expresses concerns about professor productivity database, The Daily Texan, 30 January 2018. (link)
  • Quoted in Article: Columbus Crew sponsors say deals have gotten much pricier, Columbus Business First, 3 November 2017. (link)
  • Interviewed for Article: How UM got to be tops, The Missoulian, 11 September 2016. (link)
  • Interviewed for Article: Refusing to be Measured, Inside Higher Ed, 11 May 2016. (link)
  • Interviewed for Article: Productivity Metrics: What is the best way to assess faculty activity?, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 29 February 2016. (link)
  • Interviewed for Article: Why Rutgers professors dislike system that tracks their work, New Jersey Star-Ledger, 2 February 2016. (link)
  • Interviewed for Article: Value of Research Indicators Brought into Question, Research Fortnight, 23 July 2014. (link)
  • Olejniczak, AJ. 2014 (August 20). Opinion: In Defence of Metrics. Chemistry World. (link)
  • Television appearance: Giganto: the Real King Kong. Aired on The History Channel (USA) on 15 December, 2005. (link)
  • McNulty KP, Olejniczak AJ. 2004. Prima facie evidence: international conference explores function, phylogeny, and ontogeny of primate craniofacial morphology. Evolutionary Anthropology 13(3):79-81. (link)
Scholarship

Research.

ARTICLES & CHAPTERS.

Anthony has published more than 40 journal articles and chapters in edited volumes. For a complete list, please see his CV (link).
  • MacLatchy L, Rossie J, Houssaye A, Olejniczak AJ, Smith TM. 2019. New hominoid fossils from Moroto II, Uganda and their bearing on the taxonomic and adaptive status of Morotopithecus bishopi. Journal of Human Evolution 132:227-246 (doi:10.1016/jhevol.2019.03.008).
  • Smith TM, Houssaye A, Kullmer O, Le Cabec A, Olejniczak AJ, Schrenk F, de Vos J, Tafforeau P. 2018. Disentangling isolated dental remains of Asian Pleistocene hominines and pongines. PLoS ONE 13(11):e0204737 (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0204737).
  • Smith TM, Olejniczak AJ, Zermeno JP, Tafforeau P, Skinner MM, Hoffmann A, Radovčić J, Toussaint M, Kruszynski R, Menter C, Moggi-Cecchi J, Glasmacher UA, Kullmer O, Schrenk F, Stringer C, Hublin J-J. 2012. Variation in enamel thickness within the genus Homo. Journal of Human Evolution 62:395-411 (doi:10.1016/j.jhevol.2011.12.00).
  • Ali MM, Bhattacharyya P, Olejniczak AJ. 2010. The effects of scholarly productivity and institutional characteristics on the distribution of federal research grants. Journal of Higher Education Research 81:164-178 (doi:10.1353/jhe.0.0084).
  • Smith TM, Tafforeau P, Reid DJ, Pouech J, Lazzari V, Zermeno JP, Guatelli-Steinberg D,Olejniczak AJ, Hoffman A, Radovčić J, Makaremi M, Toussaint M, Stringer C, Hublin J-J. 2010. Dental evidence for ontogenetic differences between modern humans and Neanderthals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 107:20923-20928 (doi: 10.1073/pnas.1010906107).
  • Mackiewicz P, Wiszniowska T, Olejniczak AJ, Stefaniak K, Socha P, Nadachowski A. 2010. Analysis of dental enamel thickness in bears with special attention to Ursus spelaeus and U. wenzensis (=minimus) in comparison to different representatives of mammals. In: (Nowakowski D, Ed.) Morphology and systematics of fossil vertebrates. Wydawnictwo DN: Wrocław, Poland, pp. 59-76.
  • Olejniczak AJ, Smith TM, Feeney RNM, Macchiarelli R, Mazurier A, Bondioli L, Rosas A, Fortea J, de la Rasilla M, Garcia-Tabernero A, Radovčić J, Skinner MM, Toussaint M, Hublin J-J. 2008. Dental tissue proportions and enamel thickness in Neandertal and modern human molars. Journal of Human Evolution 55:12-23 (doi:10.1016/j.jhevol.2007.11.004).
  • Olejniczak AJ, Smith TM, Skinner MM, Grine FE, Feeney RNM, Thackeray JF, Hublin J-JH. 2008. Three-dimensional molar enamel distribution and thickness in Australopithecus and Paranthropus. Biology Letters 4:406-410 (doi:10.1098/rsbl.2008.0223).
  • Olejniczak AJ, Smith TM, Wang W, Potts R, Ciochon R, Kullmer O, Schrenk F, Hublin J-J. 2008. Molar enamel thickness and dentine horn height in Gigantopithecus blacki. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 135:85-91 (doi: 10.1002/ajpa.20711).
  • Olejniczak AJ, Gilbert CC, Martin LB, Smith TM, Ulhaas L, Grine FE. 2007. Morphology of the enamel-dentine junction in sections of anthropoid primate maxillary molars. Journal of Human Evolution 53:292-301(doi: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2007.04.006).
  • Martin LB, Olejniczak AJ, Maas MC. 2003. Enamel thickness and microstructure in pitheciin primates, with comments on dietary adaptations of the middle Miocene hominoid Kenyapithecus. Journal of Human Evolution 45:351-367 (doi:10.1016/j.jhevol.2003.08.005)

See Anthony’s complete list of articles, chapters, and conference proceedings here.

Community

Community.

SYNERGISTIC ACTIVITIES.

Workshop Participation

  • Metrics for All? Equality and Diversity Workshop. Hosted by the University of Sheffield, as part of the independent review of the role of metrics in research assessment. University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK, 2 December 2014. (link)
  • In metrics we trust? Prospects & pitfalls of new research metrics. Hosted by the University of Sussex, as part of the Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment. University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, 7 October 2014. (link)
  • National Bureau of Economic Research Workshop on Collaboration; presentation entitled “Benchmarking Collaboration and Gauging Research Strengths using Academic Analytics Faculty Scholarly Productivity Database.” Cambridge, MA, 26 June 2013.
  • Digital tools for modeling in anatomy and evolution. Hosted by the Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana (Dr. Emiliano Bruner), 11 May 2010.
  • Dental Tissues Workshop: 2D and 3D Insights into Human Evolution. Hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Human Evolution (Dr. Tanya M. Smith and Prof. Jean-Jacques Hublin), 20-23 September 2006.

Ph.D. Committee Membership and Mentoring Activity

  • 2009 Feeney R.N.M., Ph.D. Dissertation: Sexual dimorphism in human dental tissue proportions, The Ohio State University.
  • 2008 High-school practical training course in virtual dental anthropology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany. (Student: Lisa Kraß, Johannes Kepler Gymnasium, Leipzig, Germany).

Service and Community Activities

  • Sixty Spring Association, President of the Board of Directors: 2016-present (previously Secretary, 2012-2016).
  • American Association of Physical Anthropologists Annual Meeting Program Committee: 2009- 2011.
  • American Association of Physical Anthropologists Student Prize Selection Committee: 2007-2011.
  • Student appointee to the University President’s Five-Year Plan Task Force, Stony Brook University.
  • Anthropology department representative to the Stony Brook University Graduate Student Senate (Fall 2001-Spring 2002)

Archaeological Excavation

  • 2010 Sierra de Atapuerca, Spain; excavation at Gran Dolina, level TD10.
  • 2008 Sierra de Atapuerca, Spain; excavation at Gran Dolina, level TD10.

Museum Data Collection

  • American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA; National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C., USA; Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, USA; Senckenberg Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, Germany.
GET IN TOUCH

Contact.

GET IN TOUCH.

I love to collaborate, brainstorm, execute research projects, and solve problems. I’m excited to speak with you about scholarly and corporate research, science, scientometrics, or whatever else is on your mind.