Faculty Research & Creative Work

Our faculty are leaders in their disciplines and they tackle some of the most compelling issues we face. Their discoveries generate strategies and solutions for creating healthier and more vibrant communities. They embrace a culture of excellence to serve students, the college, the University, and the community.

Research conducted here solves problems that touch our lives every day. Why do we behave as we do? How do we apply discoveries in science and medicine to improve lives? What makes life worth living?

CLA examines global challenges through research grounded in an extensive knowledge of societies and cultures around the world. Faculty research and creative projects address climate change, nerve damage, land use, voter behavior, the law, wealth acquisition, language preservation, what we eat and why, and much, much more.

CLA provides research support to faculty, students, and staff in the College of Liberal Arts and across the University. With a high level of expertise in research methodology and research computing, CLA research support staff can assist with nearly every step of the research process by providing support from the initial grant proposals to dissemination and long-term preservation. Research staff specialize in human-subjects protocols, instrument design, experiment programming, participant recruitment strategies, technologically-assisted data collection, data management, and data analysis for quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research. 

In addition to research and creative support for regular faculty, CLA hosts two endowed chairs for visiting scholars/artists: the Winton Chair in the Liberal Arts and the Government of Finland/David & Nancy Speer Visiting Professorship for Finnish scholars.