Research with Relevance


There is an exciting buzz across campus as faculty members lean into defining how KSU will excel within its new status as an R2 (doctoral/research-intensive) university. Our goal is to be a student-centered, research-driven university that conducts scholarship that will impact lives, namely Research with Relevance. As we develop the strategies to reach this goal, our Vice President for Research, Dr. Phaedra Corso, is focusing on creating robust research support for faculty, staff and students. In addition, her office is taking a strategic lead by working with faculty to collaboratively determine signature research themes for KSU and identifying initiatives to successfully launch these themes within and across colleges.

Through multiple conversations within and across colleges, Dr. Corso’s team has identified the following university-wide signature research themes. Each college will design specific focus areas within these broad themes consistent with their goals and mission: 

  • Biomedical and Health Services
  • Technology and Computing
  • Sustainable and Safe Communities
  • Human Development and Well-being

Faculty and students should be on the lookout for specific activities being launched this semester to move the university forward as a premier R2 institution, including:

  • A University-wide research competition to support cross-disciplinary work
  • Faculty learning communities focusing on interdisciplinary research themes
  • Faculty and student research networking events to foster interdisciplinary collaborations 
  • Expansion of undergraduate research opportunities and new interdisciplinary initiatives

KSU is on an exciting trajectory to strengthen the academic opportunities for our undergraduate and graduate students while supporting our faculty scholars as they strive to conduct Research with Relevance.

Pamela Whitten


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