Academic Centers and Institutes

Centers and institutes contribute significantly to the research, teaching, and service priorities of the University. By attracting external funding, academic centers and institutes provide opportunities for faculty and students to engage current or emerging problems in a search for new solutions. For more information, please contact the Offices of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development at (916) 278-6402 or visit

Academic Affairs

  • Center for College and Career Readiness
    Co-Directors, Marcy Merrill & Ravin Pan
  • Office of Water Programs
    Director, Ramzi Mahmood

College of Arts and Letters

  • Center for Hellenic Studies
    Director, Katerina Lagos
  • Center for Practical and Professional Ethics
    Director, Kyle Swan

College of Business

  • Center for Small Business
    Director, William Cordeiro

College of Engineering and Computer Science

  • Center for Information Assurance and Security
    Director, Jun Dai

College of Health and Human Services

  • Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution
    Director, Ernest Uwazie
  • Center for Health Practice, Policy, and Research
    Director, Mary Maguire

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • Center for Mathematics and Science Education
    Director, Rich Hedman

College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Education Insights Center
    Director, Andrea Venezia
  • Institute for Social Research
    Director, Shannon Williams
  • Center for California Studies
    Director, Leonor Ehling

Note: Centers and Institutes are added and removed from the list as funding and programs evolve. Please visit for the most current listing.