About Research at UALR
In regard to research, much has changed since 1989 when the State Board of Higher Education noted that “research is of growing importance” at UALR. Today research activities span numerous areas from giant pandas to robots to Shakespeare. In the years following 1989, the level of funding from grants and contracts rose from $5 million to over $22 million. The university has not only been authorized to offer doctoral programs but now offers seven. In the last seven years, seven UALR faculty members have received Fulbright appointments to teach and research in countries around the world. Other faculty members have been awarded a variety of nationally recognized fellowships.
Research and Scholarship as Cornerstones of the University’s Mission
The role of research at UALR has been changing, as was anticipated by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education in 1989.
UALR faculty members are engaged in research on subjects appropriate to their academic disciplines—from Arkansas in the Civil War to electronic commerce to giant pandas to robots that can assist persons with disabilities. Even at the undergraduate level, faculty often include students in research projects, adding an enriching component to the educational experience.
To show the research and creative accomplishments of UALR faculty, this report could include a list of numerous books written by faculty and published by recognized publishers, a list of hundreds of articles and research reports of UALR faculty that have appeared in peer-reviewed professional journals, plus a similar list of invited and juried exhibits and performances and productions by faculty. In lieu of that evidence, the following recent examples of national awards and appointments will suffice to underscore the point that the research and creative contributions of UALR faculty are significant and are widely recognized.