Areas of Emphasis of Schools and Centers

As an aid to those interested in submitting nominations for strategic initiatives (due February 28, 2011), this web page serves as an important resource showing the areas of emphasis identified by the College and the schools at KU. This list of emphases is not meant to be inclusive of all that is happening in the schools, but rather to inform the campus about interests of the schools.

[As another resource, the strategic planning steering committee would like faculty, staff, students, alumni, and external partners to have the opportunity to contribute to the conversation about strategic initiatives. A discussion board of short ideas for strategic initiatives is available.]


Click on an individual school name for more details about their areas of emphasis.

  • College of Liberal Arts & SciencesCollege of Liberal Arts & Sciences Strengths that could be maintained/expanded
    • Mapping, sensing, planning, modeling
    • International, globalization, cross-cultural/inter-cultural aptitude
    • Drug development
    Themes poised to coalesce/become more active
    • Inequality
    • Well-being, health
    • Energy and environment
    • Climate change
    • Water
    • Sustainability — resources, communities, financial models, culture
    • Migration, movement, displacement, human trafficking
    • Information, technology, surveillance, security, privacy
    • Aging
    • Memory
  • School of Allied HealthSchool of Allied Health
    • Expand public initiatives aimed at increasing healthy lifestyles to reduce preventable diseases
    • Serve uninsured and underserved populations in Kansas and the region while offering students hands-on experience
    • Educate highly skilled and culturally competent health care professionals
    • Increase interdisciplinary and international collaborations to advance the science of health and wellness
  • School of Architecture, Design & PlanningSchool of Architecture, Design & Planning
    • Collaborative problem-solving in the realm of human health/habitat.
    • Critical thinking in design contributing to global sustainability.
  • School of BusinessSchool of Business
    • Accounting
    • Decision Sciences
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Finance
    • Human Resources Management
    • Information Systems
    • Marketing
    • Organizational Behavior
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Strategic Management
  • School of EducationSchool of Education
    • Teaching, learning and instructional quality
    • P-20 effectiveness
    • Civic professionalism
    • Equity and access
    • Large scale assessment/evaluation
    • Health, work and well-being
    • Leadership development
    • P-20 curriculum design
  • Edwards CampusEdwards Campus
    • Economic development
    • Global awareness/State-wide outreach
    • Workforce readiness
    • Cutting-edge programming/Regional outreach
    • Faculty/community synergy
    • Diversity
  • School of EngineeringSchool of Engineering
    • Energy
    • Water
    • Transportation
    • Global Change
    • Sustainable Infrastructure and Buildings
    • Healthcare
    • Information Technology
  • School of Journalism & Mass CommunicationsSchool of Journalism & Mass Communications
    • Integrating research and teaching in a more visible way to students, faculty and peers
    • Building research teams for key projects on health communication, sports and media, media and the military, and international outreach
    • Serving the needs of Lawrence, Kansas, the region, the nation and the world as we meet current needs of the media industries and serve as a resource in planning the future of serving diverse audience
    • Creating an atmosphere of life-long learning for student, staff and faculty
    • While maintaining the School’s reputation for excellence in writing, we integrate visual communication, financial literacy and use of new media technologies into our teaching and research
    • Knowing that much of our research, theory and teaching draw from other disciplines, the School will seek out interdisciplinary opportunities on campus.
    • Expanding our reputation and expertise in the dissemination of information to multiple audiences
  • School of LawSchool of Law
    • Responding to the challenges of globalization in the legal world and beyond
    • Supporting innovative research at the University level through legal expertise and collaborative partnerships
    • Promoting interdisciplinary research among health care professionals
    • Meeting our obligations to serve the Kansas legal community while expanding the scholarly reputation of the school regionally and nationally
  • School of MedicineSchool of Medicine Themes:
    • Curriculum innovation
    • Outcomes research
    • Public health and health disparities
    • Service to Kansas
    Research areas of emphasis – established programs:
    • Cancer
      • Drug development
      • Cancer control and population health
      • Prevention
    • Neuroscience/Brain Health
    • Reproductive biology/Maternal/Fetal/Child Health
    • Kidney
    • Liver
    Research areas of emphasis – emerging programs:
    • Bioengineering
    • Diabetes
    • Heart
    • Immunology/Virology
    • Integrative and Complementary Medicine
    • Obesity
    • Opthalmology
    • Personalized Medicine
  • School of MusicSchool of Music
    • Intellectual and practical skills
    • Artistic creativity and scholarship
    • Personal responsibility
    • Integrative learning and application
  • School of NursingSchool of Nursing
    • Provide high quality academic programs
    • Showcase the core strengths of the scholarship portfolio
    • Increase the School of Nursing’s impact and visibility
  • School of PharmacySchool of Pharmacy
    • Advancing medication therapy and patient care through innovative biomedical, drug discovery, design, and development research, and state-of-the-art training of doctoral level pharmacy practioners and researchers.
  • School of Social WelfareSchool of Social Welfare Strengths in the School
    • Office on Aging and Long Term Care
    • Office of Adult Mental Health Research
    • Office on Child Welfare and Child Mental Health
    Expanding a Theme: Child Well Being
    • Child health
    • Children and food insecurity
    • Child poverty.
    • Other risk factors of childhood
    • Educational achievement
  • Research CentersSample of Research Centers and State Surveys Areas of Emphasis
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