The research centers and institutes housed within the College of Liberal Arts offer exceptional opportunities for faculty and students to engage in multidisciplinary research, scholarship and service in a variety of subject areas. These centers foster new knowledge that will transform the quality of life in Philadelphia and beyond.
Below you’ll find links to overview pages for our centers and institutes, along with additional contact information and relevant web site links.
The College of Liberal Arts established the Center for the Humanities at Temple (CHAT) in 2003 to create an interdisciplinary forum that supports scholarship and intellectual inquiry in the humanities by Temple University faculty and graduate students. The Center seeks to bridge the disciplinary divides between departments and the University’s colleges by promoting broad, humanities-based conversations that connect scholars across scholarly fields and modes of inquiry. The Center sponsors conferences, lectures, discussions groups, pedagogical innovations, and research projects. Located on the tenth floor of Gladfelter Hall, the Center’s comfortable quarters serve as a gathering place for scholars from across the disciplines to meet, enjoy social hours, and read the latest humanities-oriented journals and periodicals.
The Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy (CENFAD), founded in 1993 by Drs. Richard Immerman, Russell Weigley, and David Rosenberg, fosters interdisciplinary faculty and student research on the historic and contemporary use of force and diplomacy in a global context. CENFAD is housed within Temple University’s History Department.
The Center for Sustainable Communities at Temple University Ambler was established in 2000 to develop and promote new approaches to protect and preserve quality of life through sustainable development. A working resource for government agencies, community organizations, and developers, the Center provides objective information and services to improve decision-making relative to land use and water resources planning and development. The Center conducts interdisciplinary research and offers educational and community outreach programs. The Center was designed to build on Temple University Ambler’s historical focus and strengths in horticulture, landscape architecture, and environmental studies, while drawing upon the expertise of all Temple University faculty. Associated faculty come from various disciplines, including landscape architecture, horticulture, geology, geography, urban and suburban studies, land use policy and planning, environmental economics, environmental justice, and chemistry.
The Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture, and Society at Temple University was founded in September, 2004. As a national center for scholarly research, educational training, and mutual understanding, the Center sponsors a range of programs on Vietnam’s rich heritage of philosophy and culture including conferences, colloquia, classes, a research library, and courses in the Vietnamese language. The Center also coordinates scholarly and educational visits. The Center is currently participating in a multi-year faculty seminar program involving the Departments of Philosophy at Temple University and at the Ho Chi Minh National Political Academy in Hanoi. The programs have taken place in Hanoi, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York City.
The Myer & Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History promotes the study of the Jewish experience in America. Founded in May 1990, the Feinstein Center is part of Temple University’s Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts. The Feinstein Center is dedicated to pursuing new avenues lor research and teaching in the field of American Jewish history. It sponsors conferences, symposia, academic fellowships, publications, and public events all devoted to new approaches to understanding the many dimensions of Jewish experience in the United States. The Feinstein Center aims to serve the scholarly community and also engage with the broader public in its mission.
The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program increases opportunities for men and women, inside and outside of prison, to have transformative learning experiences that emphasize collaboration and dialogue, inviting participants to take leadership in addressing crime, justice, and other issues of social concern.
Temple University’s Institute for Public Affairs conducts, supports, and disseminates interdisciplinary research to inform and improve public policy, focusing particularly on Philadelphia, the greater metropolitan area, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The Institute for the Study of Race and Social Thought supports and conducts inquiry into the dynamics of race and its relations to the social world. One of the missions of the Institute for the Study of Race and Social Thought is to provide forums for research on race and racism. The addition of “social thought” is to stress our preference for scholarship that make connections between race and other facets of social life.
Since its founding in 1967, Temple University’s Institute for Survey Research has made numerous contributions to policy planning at local, state, and national levels, gathering data via personal, telephone, mail, and web interviews. We plan and carry out every facet of survey research and evaluation projects, from design consultation and budgeting to analysis and report writing. The Institute is one of only three university-based survey research facilities in the United States capable of conducting large-scale in-person surveys representative of the entire U.S. household population.
The UCC prepares and supports youth and young adults to become confident, effective leaders and collaborates with organizations to create cultures that value and integrate the contributions of youth, thereby building stronger communities. UCC conducts programming, capacity building and applied research activities designed to develop critical thinking and leadership skills. UCC research is aimed at informing practice in the areas of youth leadership development, university-community collaboration, and civic engagement.