Home » Research & Creative Research & Creative Discovery and opportunity. Leadership Message from Michael Carolan, Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Sociology. Research Centers and Institutes Explore the interdisciplinary research centers and initiatives housed within the College of Liberal Arts. Faculty Research Support The College of Liberal Arts offers research support that you won't find at other R1 institutions. FIND A SPEAKER Click here to request an expert for media inquiries, peer discussions, speaking engagements, and educational opportunities with the public.