student, teacher and microscope

This issue of Research marks the third year that we have published some highlights of faculty and student research. This year’s theme is collaborations—and we celebrate research and creative collaborations that cross continents, age, experience, disciplines, and more.

Research 2020: Collaborations (pdf)

In-depth exploration. Exciting fieldwork. Dynamic collaborative projects. 

At the University of West Georgia, the pursuit of original research by students and faculty is a central aspect of academic life. Through these research-based initiatives, students and faculty are able to produce first-rate research projects and contribute to a deeper understanding of any discipline.

In February of 2016, the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education upgraded the University of West Georgia's research classification, placing UWG among a higher class of institutions for its research work comparable to four doctoral universities of the eight in the state.

ResearchIn-depth exploration. Exciting fieldwork. Dynamic collaborative projects.


UWG's on-campus research centers and laboratories showcase the significant work generated by students and faculty:

As an affiliate of the Georgia Council and the National Council on Economic Education, the UWG CEEFL is recognized as one of twelve centers located across the state focused on improving financial literacy and economic education by helping teachers, students and the surrounding community through workshops, advocacy and grant-funded initiatives. The University of West Georgia’s Center for Economic Education and Financial Literacy is a long-standing collaborative effort between the Richards College of Business and the College of Education.

The Center for Public History researches, documents, preserves, and promotes public discussion of the history and cultural, architectural, and folklife resources of the broader west Georgia region. Drawing on the expertise and talents of university faculty and students through disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborative projects, the Center provides consultation and services in historical research, oral history, folklife fieldwork, architectural survey, exhibit development, and public and community program development for the wider university service region.

The University of West Georgia Small Business Development Center (UWG SBDC) is part of the Richards College of Business and is one of 17 centers in the Georgia SBDC Network. Our professional business consultants at the UWG SBDC offer confidential, consulting services free of charge to companies seeking management, marketing, and financial advice. Some assistance is also provided to pre-venture businesses that have gathered the necessary information and are ready to move forward. The UWG SBDC serves Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson, Heard and Polk counties.

Sponsored by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, the Center, which is located on the second floor of Ingram Library at the University of West Georgia, is the only public institution of its kind wholly devoted to teacher training. The center is easily accessible to the teachers of the state and serves as a clearinghouse for materials and information from public and private agencies. The Center includes a resource library, archives, and a media center. Books and videos are available for in-house use, and ongoing acquisitions will assure that the latest information on the Holocaust is available to Georgia's teachers. Curriculum development, teacher conferences, staff development seminars, a photographic and periodical collection, art exhibits, a speaker's bureau, portable historic and cultural exhibits, and teacher work areas are components of the Resource Center.

The Survey Research Center is an academic research center housed in the Center for Research at the University of West Georgia. The Center specializes in the design and implementation of surveys to assist government, non-profit, and academic organizations meet their research needs. We offer high-quality, professional survey research services and fully adhere to the research standards set forth by the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR).

The Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Archaeological Laboratory is a research facility dedicated to the scholarly pursuit of knowledge about past cultures within Georgia and nearby areas. The laboratory supports the archaeological research and instructional activities of the faculty in the Department of Anthropology and is a resource for visiting scholars from across the United States. The Waring Laboratory serves as a repository for the university’s research collections, for those from state and federal agencies with responsibilities for archaeological resources management, and for collections resulting from the compliance research projects undertaken by private archaeological firms. The laboratory provides unique learning and directed-research opportunities for students at the University of West Georgia, as well as educational outreach programs within the local community.

The Biological and Forensic Anthropology Laboratory (BAFAL) is an “open door” faculty and student research facility dedicated to providing experiential learning opportunities and community service. Its activities cover all the major subfields of physical anthropology but primarily focus on Forensic Anthropology, Bioarchaeology, and Musculoskeletal Health and Mobility. Its mission is to increase our understanding of humanity through analysis of the interplay between the biology of the human body and its social, behavioral, and cultural contexts.

The Data Analysis and Visualization Lab is housed in the Center for Research at the University of West Georgia. The lab provides a wide range of data analysis services to assist with an stage of the analysis process. We are capable of estimating a wide range of statistical models to meet your analysis needs and we can produce a variety of visualizations to help you understand and explain your data.

The Virtual Research Center (VRC) is a resource designed to offer methodological support to UWG faculty. The VRC is maintained by COE research faculty professors Diana Mindrila, Phillip Grant, Mary Morse, Liz Pope, and Marsha Simon.

The VRC website offers user-friendly resources in qualitative, quantitative, and evaluation methods. The links and instructional resources are provided to assist UWG faculty generate sound research. COE research faculty are available to provide basic assistance to colleagues.


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