Research, Discovery and Creative Activities

A TWU Student Reviewing Plans

Over the next five years, Texas Woman’s will highlight, promote, and strengthen our burgeoning research enterprise across system-wide disciplines, from STEM and healthcare to the arts and humanities and beyond. From basic, applied, and translational research to innovative creative activities, this initiative aims to increase output, external funding, and sustainability for Texas Woman’s programs, students, and faculty. Our focus is trained on solutions for global challenges.

While fostering excellence in research and elevating our standing both locally and globally, our research initiative centers student engagement and activities that reflect our diversity. Our goals include attaining and maintaining the Carnegie classification of High Research Activity for doctorate-granting institutions for the sake of attracting world-class faculty and graduate students. We seek community and philanthropic collaborators to join us in anchoring Texas Woman’s unique values in what we are committed to achieving: a thriving and self-sustaining research initiative.


  • Execute plans to achieve Carnegie High Research Activity designation
  • Raise Texas Woman’s Research profile
  • Secure strategic partnerships
  • Expand underwriting
  • Increase faculty & student research footprint

Success Measures

  • Continue aligning Texas Woman’s research activities with criteria to meet Carnegie High Research Activity designation
  • Submit candidacy for Carnegie High Research Activity in the next appropriate cycle
  • Collaborate with Advancement to identify & approach philanthropic partners
  • Increase annual external research funding to $8MM
  • Grow graduate student support through tuition waivers, stipends, scholarships
  • Raise faculty visibility through publication in peer-reviewed journals, conference presentations, and creative activities for public participation
  • Strengthen intellectual property footprint through disclosures, patents, and licensing

The Team

  • Holly Hansen-Thomas, Ph.D.
    Vice Provost for Research, Innovation, & Corporate Engagement
    Professor of Bilingual and ESL Education
  • Abigail Tilton, Ph.D.
    Professor & Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Wyona Freysteinson,Ph.D., MN, RN, FAAN
    Professor of Nursing
  • Lee Brown, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor & Director of Research, College of Business
  • Christopher Brower, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, School of Sciences - Biology
  • Rebecca Lucero-Jones, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, HDFS&C
  • Asha Vas, Ph.D., OT
    Associate Professor & Associate Director, Department of OT – Dallas
  • Julie Libersat, M.F.A.
    Associate Professor, School of Arts & Design – Visual Arts