Our research spans a broad spectrum of quantitative, qualitative, historical, and creative scholarship. Award-winning professors also work with our undergraduates to help them pursue their own research projects.


We are changing the world through research.

89% of Undergraduate Students Participate in Research

It all starts with a question.


Research takes many forms in our college. From poetry to data analytics, from cinema production to marriage and family counseling, from African history to fashion design, our strength lies in our breadth and depth. Our passionate faculty members earn substantial external funding to write, research, publish, and perform. In keeping with our motto Ut Prosim, they share their work with the world.

Faculty Research
Anthony Peguero, Associate Professor of Sociology

Anthony Peguero is helping to lead a multi-platform campaign to combat bullying for the Cartoon Network (CN) called “Stop Bullying: Speak Up.” Peguero is the recipient of a National Institute of Justice W.E.B. DuBois Fellowship, which bestows a $100,000 award.

Student Research
Chloé Benner, Classics Major '14

Chloé Benner initiated an after-school program at Gilbert Linkous Elementary School in Blacksburg that combined Latin with mythology and art. As students learned about the 12 labors of Hercules, they illustrated the stories on a long roll of paper. This approach, Benner said, not only serves to span the kindergarten-to-grade 5 age gap but also provides an artistic outlet that can be scrolled, like a movie, to an audience. The “crankie” was a big hit.

Research Centers

The college hosts seven research centers and works closely with two university institutes. The centers specialize in everything from childhood development to gerontology and from Civil War history to peace studies. The opportunities for collaboration abound.

Adult Day Services

The Adult Day Services Center in the Department of Human Development provides services to older adults and their families in the New River Valley, and serves as a teaching and research site for students learning about care for older adults and issues on aging.


Part of the Department of Human Development, the Center for Family Services provides individual, couples, and family therapy for clients with a range of concerns.


Established in 1977-78, the Center for Gerontology in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences serves as the organizational unit and focal point for aging-related activities at Virginia Tech.


Part of the School of Education, the Center for Instructional Technology Solutions for Industry and Education provides instructional technology research and outreach in community health settings, K-12 education, higher education, and private-sector and government settings.


The Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention in the Department of Sociology is a student-centered, cross-disciplinary undertaking that builds on the academic, cultural, and security initiatives that evolved within the Virginia Tech community after the tragedy of April 16, 2007.

race center

The Center for Race and Social Policy in the Department of Sociology promotes a broad and inclusive concept of race and ethnicity, including African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, European Americans, Latinos, and people with biracial and multiracial identities.


The first of its kind in the nation, the Center for Real Life Design in the Department of Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management opened in 1998 as a collaboration between the university and the kitchen industry.


The Center for Research and Development in International Education in the School of Education was established in 2005 to encourage international and cross-cultural outreach to clients in K-12, higher education, government settings, and nongovernmental organizations at home and abroad.


The Child Development Center for Learning and Research in the Department of Human Development provides model programs and leadership for the local, state, and national early childhood communities in teaching, research, and the service missions of the university.


Family Therapy Center in the Department of Human Development offers low-cost, high-quality psychotherapy and counseling to couples, families, individuals, and organizations in the New River Valley and surrounding areas.


The mission of the Training and Technical Assistance Center, part of the School of Education, is to improve educational opportunities for children and youth with disabilities and contribute to their success.

civil war

Part of the Department of History, the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies concentrates on the actions that led to the war, the factors that help explain it and its aftermath, the people who lived through it, and the ongoing effects of the conflict.

Virginia view

The mission of Virginia View, part of the School of Education, is to inform, encourage, and support the education and career development of people across the state by providing resources and training to school counselors, educators, workforce development professionals, students, parents, and job seekers.