Centers & Institutes
Our highly varied centers represent a sweeping range of interests, scholarship and expertise.
Center for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship (CARS)
The mission of CARS - organized and led by faculty, librarians and staff - is to foster the development of research, scholarship, and creative endeavors for faculty and librarians. CARS promotes individual, collaborative, and interdisciplinary scholarship activities, and provides resources for the creation of knowledge that reflects and supports the strategic goals of the institution, when appropriate.
Center for Economic Education
Established in 1992, the Center for Economic Education, affiliated with the National Council on Economic Education, offers economics workshops to K-12 teachers and administrators in Southeastern Massachusetts to enhance both content and pedagogy.
Workshops are usually held in computer classrooms and contain a component that focuses on economic education and online resources. Participants engage in hands-on demonstrations of economics lessons that are appropriate to their grade levels, and discuss how the concepts involved pertain to the curriculum frameworks.
Center for Entrepreneurship Studies (CES)
CES complements the services provided by state and local government and private agencies. Providing students, faculty and local business owners with the opportunity to exchange ideas, CES builds entrepreneurial skills and engages in entrepreneurial activities.
Objectives include: enhancing faculty and student research and scholarship; enhancing undergraduate and graduate programs; providing outreach activities that contribute to the local economy; supporting student engagement; and stimulating interdisciplinary interactions among faculty, students, librarians and staff.
Center for Legislative Studies
Established in 1997, the Center for Legislative Studies is housed in the Department of Political Science. It operates within the context of a dynamic educational environment that encourages research, teaching and community service.
The Center for Legislative Studies has three primary goals: to advance leading-edge research on the study of democratic legislative institutions; to integrate research, teaching and policy application; and to engage and advance the economic, cultural, civic and political life of Southeastern Massachusetts, other domestic communities, and our global community.
The center has earned national recognition from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, which selected it as one of a hundred examples of effective programs at public four-year colleges and universities.
Center for Middle East Studies (CMES)
The mission of the Middle East Studies Center (CMES) is to introduce and enhance the educational and cultural awareness of the Middle East region and of its diverse peoples, history and cultures. CMES promotes both specialized knowledge and public understanding of this crucial region of the world, which includes the Arab states, Turkey, Iran and Israel.
CMES strives to reach the broadest possible constituency, working with a variety of academic departments, educational and cultural organizations and experts to discover new avenues for scholarly outreach and cooperation. CMES aims to reinforce links to other institutions in the Middle East region to offer academic opportunities to faculty and students to study and gain more understanding of the Middle East.
CMES adheres to the strategic vision of Bridgewater State University in maximizing the intensity, diversity and richness of teaching and learning relationships forged between faculty, students and members of the broader community the Middle East and the world.
Center for Sustainability
The mission of the Center for Sustainability is to advocate for the integration of sustainability principles in the core educational Bridgewater State University mission: teaching and learning, research, campus operations and regional outreach.
Children's Physical Developmental Clinic (CPDC)
For nearly 40 years, Bridgewater State University has sponsored CPDC, a nationally recognized academic program that fosters professional development, service learning, and leadership development.
CPDC affords students from all majors a challenging opportunity to volunteer as clinicians and work with children and youth with disabilities, ages 18 months to 18 years. The aim of the clinic program is to improve the "total development" of children with disabilities by enhancing vital physical, motor, and aquatic skills and patterns. In addition, the program stresses the improvement of children's self-esteem by strengthening emotional-social aspects of their personalities through successful involvement in play, recreation, and sport activities.
More than a hundred students serve as clinicians and group leaders each semester, making the CPDC one of the largest student organizations on campus.
Center for PreK-12 Educational Outreach
The Center for PreK-12 Educational Outreach coordinates unique education needs within the Southeastern Massachusetts region as well as Cape Cod and the Islands. The center develops and maintains relationships with constituencies such as schools in our collaborative and industry leaders to enhance resources to fulfill specific educational requests.
Establishing linkages between business, educational and political entities regarding PreK-16 issues, the center also develops and responds to funding opportunities, including grant proposals and prospectus.
Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC)
MARC’s goals are to conduct research, attend and host conferences and workshops, and bring anti-bullying and anti-cyberbullying programs, training and curricula to K-12 faculty, staff, administration, students, parents and communities.
Dr. Elizabeth Englander, professor of psychology at Bridgewater, is the director of MARC, which is staffed by faculty, graduate and undergraduate students. All of MARC's programs are evaluated yearly and are based in research findings and its curricula are evidence-based. Outcomes reports are available.
Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (CASE)
The mission of CASE is to promote and increase interest and literacy in science and mathematics for students PreK-12 students, pre-service and in-service teachers, and members of the university and regional commities. More specifically, CASE aims to: increase literacy, career interests and positive attitudes toward STEM disciplines in students of all ages, especially groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM careers; become a leader in exploring STEM education-related topics and the most effective pedagogy for their incorporation into the PreK-12 classroom; promote PreK-12 STEM workforce development by recruiting, nurturing and training pre-service teachers to enter STEM careers, and offering professional development opportunities for in-service STEM teachers.
The most noteworthy aspect of CASE is that it is led by STEM faculty members who are PhD scientists and mathematicians dedicated to improving the capacity of our young people to remain interested in and succeed in STEM fields. The need to improve both the number and quality of scientists, engineers and mathematicians as a component of remaining competitive globally has been highlighted in "Rising Above the Gathering Storm," published by the National Research Council. CASE seeks to address this need by building on a track record of success to benefit the students of the commonwealth and being a national leader in STEM preparation.
Annually, CASE projects directly impact more than 10,000 primary and secondary students and approximately 350 teachers. CASE is comprised of a variety of projects, all led by fulltime, tenured or tenure-track faculty members. Those projects are:
CityLab at BSU
Dr. Edward Brush, professor of chemical sciences; Dr.Merideth Krevosky, associate professor of biological sciences; Dr. Jennifer Mendell, associate professor of biological sciencees; and Ms. Kim McCoy, staff assistant
CityLab is a science outreach program for classroom teachers and their students. Bridgewater was first established as one of several satellites of the original CityLab at the Boston University School of Medicine. CityLab aims to improve knowledge and increase science enthusiasm among students in grades 5-12. Students visit CityLab on the BSU campus to participate in exciting and authentic laboratory experiences in biology and biotechnology. During the academic year, teachers bring their classes to one of several different science modules such as solving a crime using DNA forensics or performing a diagnostic test for Sickle Cell Anemia. During the summer, middle school students participate in a weeklong science program, "Whale of a Mystery." CityLab at BSU annual serves more than 1,600 students.
Watershed Access Lab
Dr. Kevin Curry, professor of biological sciences; and Ms. Kim McCoy, biology department assistant
The Watershed Access Lab (WAL) promotes science and mathematics education through watershed science and global environmental awarness of local and international water resource issues. WAL believes that engaged learning experiences in watershed science stimulates personal environmental awareness and prepares our future citizens to become environmental stewards.
Activities include: providing professional development workshops for PreK-12 educators and graduate-level courses for up to 10 regional teachers each year; supporting pre-service and in-service teachers in school districts and nonprofit organizations to promote experiential learning in science and mathematics through watershed activities, the lending lab, school field outreach programs and Project WET training activities; 0ffering at least one public Watershed Outreach Seminar every year where teachers and their students present the findings of their watershed studies.
Dr. James Hayes-Bohanan, professor of geography; Dr. Vernon Domingo, professor of geography
The EarthView Program, organized by the Department of Geology with the support of the institution, has visited thousands of younger students, mainly in grades 4-8, to give them the opportunity to learn about the earth from a new perspective – from the inside of an inflatable model of the Earth that’s 22 feet in diameter and two stories tall.
EarthView is both a fascinating teaching tool and a delicate work of art. The outside is a hand-painted, large-scale map of the Earth's surface showing biological communities, rivers, seas, landforms, continents, islands, oceans and major cities. The inside reveals the positions of tectonic plate boundaries and ocean spreading centers, along with all of the detail visible from the outside. The goal of the program is not only to teach students about the world, but also to emphasize the need for more geography instruction in primary and secondary schools.
Dr. Martina Arndt, professor of physics; Ms. Jamie Kern, observatory manager
The BSU Observatory is dedicated to educating and sparking an interest in science - particularly astronomy - in the region. With more than 2,000 visitors during the inaugural year of the new wing of the Center for Science & Mathematics, the observatory maintains a regular schedule of free public viewing nights starting throughout the academic year.
The observatory promotes astronomy education and awareness in the region, provides opportunites for BSU students to engage with the the public in astronomy education and awareness, and builds relationships with PreK-12 institutions, pre-service and in-service teachers. The observatory also offers free private viewing events for groups of 15 or more during which astronomy experts and enthusiasts are available to demonstrate the wonders of the night skies and answer questions about astronomy.
Mathematics and Computer Science (MACS) Collaborative
Dr. Glenn Pavlicek, professor of computer science
The MACS Collaborative provides professional development for mathematics educators in Southeastern Massachusetts. Research supports the idea that teachers more effectively teach mathematics at their respective grade level if they have a deeper, conceptual understanding of the discipline. Effective mathematics teachers deeply understand mathematics beyond the grade level at which they teach. The collaborative's goal is to provide opportunitites for teachers to see the big picture of improved mathematics teaching and learning through experiences that broaden and deeping their own understanding of mathematics concepts and effective pedagogy.