For generations, Fielding has been graduating scholar-practitioners who know that research is not an end in itself, but that it serves a broader purpose.

Tested, applied, and used for broader application, Fielding research tackles the tough societal problems all around us. We ask big, broad and complex questions—because it is bold scholarship that makes a positive social difference.

New knowledge for practical application is the Fielding difference.

Office of Strategic Initiatives & Research

The Office of Strategic Initiatives & Research (SIR), under the Office of the Provost, helps faculty, staff, and students promote and secure sponsored research funding to foster research that leads to lasting positive change. This office seeks to foster new efforts to enhance Fielding’s reputation and quality of its academic offerings through special initiatives. Many of these efforts are expanded through the creation of institutional partnerships and organizational connections that that assure Fielding’s presence in national discussions on higher education policy and priorities and in programs that advance graduate education. Many of these initiatives are designed to create opportunities for Fielding’s academic programs and their faculties, students and alumni to further new frontiers of scholarship, curriculum and practice within and across their disciplines:

Examples of Strategic Initiatives

The Vice President for Strategic Initiatives & Research serves as the designated University Officer empowered for all sponsored research activities. 

This includes the preparation and submission of extramural proposals to Federal agencies and foundations to fund the scholarly and programmatic interests of the institution, and of its faculty, students and alumni. The unit houses the Office of Sponsored Programs and the institution’s internal research grants program.

Examples of Research Services

  • Technical support for faculty, students and alumni
  • Liaison with federal agencies and Associations related to Fielding’s mission, vision and academic programs

Community Action Research

Kettering Foundation and A Race Relations Study: In partnership with the Kettering Foundation, Fielding researchers are examining race relations in the United States. The outcomes of this work will be used to create a National Issues Forum Issue Guide for use in nationwide classrooms and communities.

Irvine Foundation: With a two-year grant from the Irvine Foundation, Fielding’s Institute for Social Innovation researchers designed a curriculum for professionals in the fields of program evaluation and organizational development that would integrated their skills in support of leadership and system change.

Faculty Spotlight

Tiffany Field, PhD

Dr. Field conducts research funded by NIH, March of Dimes, and several corporations on the effects of alternative therapies such as massage therapy on various medical and psychological conditions.

Learn More About Dr. Field