Office of the Vice President
Dr. Charles Patterson
VP for Research & Economic Development
The Office of the Vice President for Research & Economic Development promotes research and scholarship efforts of all of Georgia Southern University’s faculty staff and students. As an emerging research University with over 20,000 students, Georgia Southern is the largest institution of higher education in the southern half of Georgia with a diverse portfolio of research and scholarly pursuits that complement its identity as a Comprehensive University. Faculty research efforts span 8 different colleges – from Engineering and Information Technology to Liberal Arts and Social Sciences – and dozens of Institutional Centers and Institutes advancing collaborative and interdisciplinary research efforts. Georgia Southern University is an institution committed to experiential learning through scholarship and service and brings together education, research and industry in ways that benefit the community, the state and the nation.
Serving Faculty and Staff
A primary focus of our work is to serve faculty, staff and students conducting research and scholarship across all units of the Institution. We also advance ongoing research in areas of strategic importance to Georgia Southern, fostering new initiatives and guiding technology management and commercialization. We work with faculty to establish collaborative research programs, centers and institutes. To further these efforts, our offices of research administration help researchers secure federal, state, and private funding and provide an ever-expanding array of administrative services and infrastructure. See the Office of Research Services and Sponsored Programs for more information.
Encouraging Student Research
Georgia Southern offers undergraduate students many opportunities to engage in experiential learning and opportunities to take part in independent research projects. Integrating research with its education mission, Georgia Southern is committed to giving the next generation of problem-solvers the skills they need to meet global challenges. See the Undergraduate Research and Scholarship section for more information.
Working with Corporations and Industry
We have a long tradition of industrial collaboration and opening the doors of Georgia Southern’s research capabilities to industry partners. Georgia Southern provides uncomplicated ways for corporate partners to find the expertise and facilities they need to solve technical problems and develop products. See the Industry Outreach & Economic Development section for more information.