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ALERRT training center

Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center

ALERRT is recognized by the FBI as the national standard in active shooter response training, providing research-based training scenarios for law enforcement professionals and civilians.

J. Pete Blair, executive director

three posters on the wall for Texas Music History

Center for Texas Music History

This center, housed in the Department of History, works to document, preserve and celebrate the diverse musical heritage of the Lone Star State, along with training the next generation of music historians and staging events for the Central Texas community.

Jason Mellard, director

3D printed human skull

Forensic Anthropology Center

FACTS is a multifaceted research center featuring a 26-acre outdoor human decomposition facility, one of only seven such facilities in the nation and the largest of its kind in the world. The forensic science community uses this facility to learn about human decomposition, to develop methods for determining time since death, and to train medical-legal personnel in methods for searching and recovering human remains.
 
Daniel Wescott, director

Sign on the door of the LBJ institute

LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research

The LBJ Institute aims to satisfy a growing need for skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through improved teaching and learning in the STEM disciplines from kindergarten to graduate-level college studies.
 
Araceli Martinez Ortiz, executive director

Meadows Center exterior

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment

The Meadows Center at Spring Lake conducts applied research to address real-world problems; offers educational programs that encourage lifelong learning about the environment and people’s relationship to the environment; connects stewardship of water and natural resources to quality of life; and leads in water and environment management and policy topics in Texas, the U.S. and internationally.
 
Andy Sansom, executive director / Robert Mace, acting executive director

School Safety officials in a school

Texas School Safety Center

The TxSSC serves as a clearinghouse for the dissemination of safety and security information through research, training and technical assistance for K-12 schools and junior colleges throughout the state of Texas. In addition, the TxSSC also builds partnerships among youth, adults, schools, law enforcement officers and community stakeholders to reduce the impact of tobacco on all Texans through prevention, training and enforcement initiatives.
 
Kathy Martinez-Prather, director

Center for Applied Interdisciplinary Research

CAIR is a resource within the School of Social Work that aims to advance an interdisciplinary, collaborative research agenda for justice and change that enriches lives.

Martha Sue Wildberger, grant director


Center for Archeological Studies

CAS provides training and research in archaeology, anthropology and cultural resource management (CRM). The center is one of the few university-based CRM facilities in the nation. 

Todd M. Ahlman, director


Center for Autism Research, Evaluation, and Support

CARES provides support for children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities; trains current and future teachers in research-based practices; and conducts research that informs the field and improves quality of life.
 
Russell Lang, executive director


Center for Communication, Collaboration and Creativity

C3 is a collaborative group of scholars and artists working in interdisciplinary teams to address contemporary communication challenges and support artistic expression. C3 research and programming cuts across academic disciplines to build a sustainable culture of externally funded scholarship, creative activity and collaboration among faculty in the College of Fine Arts and Communication and beyond.

Rebekah Fox, chair, advisory board


Center for Diversity and Gender Studies

CDGS, housed in the College of Liberal Arts, assists students and faculty in preparing for a pluralistic society by providing resources that encourage the infusion of interdisciplinary curriculum that addresses race, class, gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity. 
 
Audwin L. Anderson, director


Center for Entrepreneurial Action

This center, based in the McCoy College of Business, works to support an entrepreneurial ecosystem which connects thinkers, doers and learners from all disciplines to create positive change and bring new ideas to life.
 
Dan Roy, entrepreneur in residence


Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation

GII uses a cross-disciplinary approach to study how to improve our response to crime problems and homeland security threats, both foreign and domestic, using geospatial and other forms of tactical information to develop information management models. GII provides specialized training for law enforcement, intelligence and military agencies. 
 
Kim Rossmo, research professor


Center for International Studies

This center provides quality, interdisciplinary education to students in order to prepare them for international careers. Students learn the necessary research and writing skills to pursue graduate studies or careers in law, diplomacy and international affairs.
 
Paul Hart, director


Center for P-16 Initiatives

The Center for P-16 Initiatives strives to increase the level of educational attainment for underserved students in Central Texas, from prekindergarten to college, through academic and applied research, educational partnerships and outreach programs.

Michelle Hamilton, director


Center for Professional Sales

This McCoy College of Business center supports and enhances the professional sales education in the Department of Marketing; research in current sales theory and practice; student and faculty development; and advancement of the professional selling profession.

Vicki West, director


Center for Research, Public Policy and Training

This Political Science Department center focuses on engaging public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the general public through academic and applied research as well as real-world learning. Through this center, Texas State University has the opportunity to assist legislators, public officials, agencies and communities across Texas, conduct research and find solutions to problems in public policy.

Thomas Longoria, director


Center for the Study of the Southwest

The CSSW engages faculty and students in the richness and diversity of Texas, the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico through curriculum development, public outreach and research that give focus to intercultural studies through examining the region’s people, institutions, history, art, and physical and cultural ecology.

John Mckiernan-González, director


The Education Institute

TEI is a nationally recognized resource that provides quality research and innovative educational services to communities and professional organizations, including school districts and state agencies, which work collaboratively with diverse and underserved populations.

Emily Payne, director


Edwards Aquifer Research & Data Center

The EARDC takes an active role in water education issues and works daily with public schools as well as institutions of higher education in the study, understanding and use of the Edwards Aquifer, a unique natural resource.
 
Benjamin F. Schwartz, director


Freeman Center

The Freeman Center is 3,500 acres of Hill Country habitat and on-site facilities for research, education and outreach, with the core goal of providing information that enables the good stewardship and sustainable use of Texas land and water resources.
 
Michael Blanda, director


Gilbert M. Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education

The Grosvenor Center provides leadership in the movement to increase research in teaching and learning in geographic education. The center develops and implements innovative programs and events relating to how students and the general public learn geography.
 
Richard G. Boehm, director


Institute for Global Business

The IGB provides quality academic and experiential learning opportunities to prepare students, faculty and the business community to successfully compete in global markets.
 
Rob Konopaske, director


Institute for Government Innovation

The IGI partners with government agencies, trade organizations, and associations to help advance bright ideas through proven project management and business process analysis skills.
 
Rebecca Davio, director


Materials Applications Research Center

The MARC provides a seamless environment integrating applied multidisciplinary academic research, industry sponsored projects, and experiential learning opportunities for students addressing creation of a talent pipeline by integration of research, education and commercialization outreach.
 
Tom Myers and Stephen Frayser, codirectors


The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment

The Meadows Center at Spring Lake conducts applied research to address real-world problems; offers educational programs that encourage lifelong learning about the environment and people’s relationship to the environment; connects stewardship of water and natural resources to quality of life; and leads in water and environment management and policy topics in Texas, the U.S. and internationally.
 
Andy Sansom, executive director / Robert Mace, acting executive director


Richter Research Institute

TxGISci is a research, education and outreach entity specializing in geographic information science and technology. The vision of the center is to improve human life and the natural environment through advancing human knowledge in geographic information science and applying that knowledge to address pressing issues in the real world.
 
Nate Currit, director


Texas Center for Geographic Information Science

TxGISci is a research, education and outreach entity specializing in geographic information science and technology. The vision of the center is to improve human life and the natural environment through advancing human knowledge in geographic information science and applying that knowledge to address pressing issues in the real world.
 
Nate Currit, director


Texas Justice Court Training Center

TJCTC provides resources for justices of the peace, constables and court personnel in Texas, including state-mandated education and training.
 
Thea Whalen, executive director


Texas Mathworks

Mathworks researches and develops model programs and self-sustaining learning communities that engage students from all backgrounds in doing mathematics at a high level. The center’s goal is to prepare students, undergraduate pre-service teachers and in-service teachers from all backgrounds for success in learning, teaching and doing mathematics.
 
Max Warshauer, executive director


Texas School Safety Center

The TxSSC serves as a clearinghouse for the dissemination of safety and security information through research, training and technical assistance for K-12 schools and junior colleges throughout the state of Texas. In addition, the TxSSC also builds partnerships among youth, adults, schools, law enforcement officers and community stakeholders to reduce the impact of tobacco on all Texans through prevention, training and enforcement initiatives.
 
Kathy Martinez-Prather, director


Texas State Sleep Center

The Sleep Center, operated by the Department of Respiratory Care, serves educational, research and diagnostic needs by offering comprehensive sleep diagnostics and therapeutics.
 
Said Soubra, medical director


Texas State Small Business & Development Center

The SBDC helps small business owners who face an avalanche of challenges ranging from financing and inefficient operations to developing clear growth strategies. The center’s trusted business advisors and rich network of collaborative partners help unblock barriers to growth and success.
 
Joe Harper, executive director


William P. Hobby Center for Public Service

This center trains public and nonprofit managers in the ethical values and technical competencies associated with outstanding public service.
 
Howard Balanoff, director


Xiphophorus Genetic Stock Center

The XGSC provides fish from more than 70 genetic strains to scientists and aquarists around the world. Scientists in more than 30 laboratories in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Germany work on Xiphophorus genetics and depend on strains available from the stock center. 
 
Ronald B. Walter, director