Centers of Excellence

Research Centers Promote Discovery and Scholarship

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to a number of research centers and institutes dedicated to the pursuit of academic knowledge. Faculty work within centers to explore research topics based upon common themes. Each Center generates outcomes in the form of publications and grants. Centers may also offer workshops to provide resources that faculty outside of the Center may apply to their personal research.


The Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest
Director: Jason Steinhauer
Faculty Director: Paul Steege, PhD

Center for Arab and Islamic Studies
Director: Catherine Warrick, PhD

Center for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Stewardship (CBEST)
Leadership: Aaron Bauer, PhD; Samantha Chapman, PhD; Todd Jackman, PhD; Adam Langley, PhD; Nathaniel Weston, PhD; R. Kelman Wieder, PhD

Center of Excellence in Enterprise Technology
Director: Frank Klassner, PhD

Center for Irish Studies
Director: Joseph Lennon, PhD

Center for Liberal Education
Director: John Doody, PhD

Center for Peace and Justice Education
Director: Kathryn Getek Soltis, PhD

Center for Statistics Education
Director: Michael A. Posner, PhD

The Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good
Director: Colleen Sheehan, PhD

The Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society
Director: Brian Crable, PhD