Research Goals

The Kennesaw State University Office of Research in Fall 2023 launched four Research Communities, which represent an interdisciplinary infrastructure that has the resources to provide meaningful research experiences and workforce preparedness to our students and invite corporate and community partners to work with us toward this goal. 

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    Research Communities

    These Research Communities — Sustainable Communities, Innovative Creativity, Applied Technologies, One Health — were identified following an internal examination of the university's research strengths.


    Research Champions

    The Office of Research is proud to announce the inaugural Faculty Research Champions!

    These faculty researchers will develop and lead interdisciplinary research cluster teams, assess funding opportunities, and support grant applications. Champions are expected to build and support successful research teams for each track, including other faculty researchers and students. Research success is measured by subject-specific research outcomes, typically external grant support, publications, exhibits or performances.

    Sustainable Communities

      • Mario Bretfeld

        Dr. Mario Bretfeld

        Assistant Professor of Biology

        • Erin Adams

          Dr. Erin Adams

          Associate Professor of Social Science Education

        Innovative Creativity

          • Michael Carroll

            Dr. Michael Carroll

            Associate Professor of Architecture

            • Victoria LaGrange

              Dr. Victoria LaGrange

              Assistant Professor of English

              • Andrea Knowlton

                Andrea Knowlton

                Associate Professor of Dance

              Applied Technologies

                • Sylvia Bhattacharya

                  Dr. Sylvia Bhattacharya

                  Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering Technology

                  • Jason Harron

                    Dr. Jason Harron

                    Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology

                    • Reza Parizi

                      Dr. Reza Parizi

                      Associate Professor of Software Engineering

                    One Health

                      • Weiwei Chen

                        Dr. Weiwei Chen

                        Assistant Professor of Economics

                        • Brian Kliszczewicz

                          Dr. Brian Kliszczewicz

                          Professor of Exercise Science

                          • Maria Valero

                            Dr. Maria Valero

                            Assistant Professor of Information Technology

                          Tasks for Champions

                          • Create Goals, Vision, Mission
                          • Recruit Members, Encourage Research Teams
                          • Identify External Partners
                          • Create Advisory Committee
                          • Identify Funding Opportunities
                          • Communicate
                          • Support Cluster Hires


                          Research Communities

                          Thank you to everyone who participated in our January research community networking events! Anyone interested in joining one of the research communities should view the community's presentation and then complete the appropriate membership form below.

                          Kennesaw State University's InfoReady platform has launched! Find internal and extramural funding opportunities, especially those related to our new research communities. Additionally, InfoReady will be used to identify the proposals moving forward for limited submission and programmatic grants. Contact with questions.