The Richter Research Institute, launched in 1997, strives to lead the search for knowledge about social conditions and changes, social service practice technologies, and the quality and responsiveness of human service delivery systems within the region, and the nation. The Institute promotes research, scholarship, and professional learning supporting the mission of the School of Social Work , which is to provide innovative leadership in social work education for a changing, dynamic world.
The Institute seeks to support the research and scholarly activities of Texas State University faculty members and students by building strong partnerships with federal, state, and regional human service organizations as well as social work practitioners and with other disciplines, universities and professional groups. The Institute particularly aims to expand knowledge about public human service efforts that serve disadvantaged populations. Using an ethical, collegial model of collaboration, the Institute pursues research scholarship across a range of topics reflecting community needs, as well as faculty and student strengths.
Goal 1. Support Faculty Research and Scholarly Activities
• Provide consultation on faculty research ideas/projects.
• Assist in the provision of support services for individual faculty research projects. (Examples: Suggesting and assisting in analyzing funding opportunities, assistance in meeting with funding agencies, reviewing RFPs, critiquing proposals, assisting in preparing budgets)
• Attend external agency meetings towards identification, promotion, and dissemination of research ideas and projects.
• Promote public forum opportunities for faculty discussion of research and scholarly projects.
• Provide assistance in literature reviews.
• Provide assistance to faculty in identifying and securing resources for grant development.
• Provide technical assistance and peer review for proposal writing.
• Advocate for resources and policies to enhance faculty research, scholarly activities, and professional research development.
Goal 2. Support Professional Development of Faculty, Students, and the Practice Community in Terms of Research Competence
• Promote and provide technical assistance and training to agencies on critical issues.
• Promote exchanges of information with agencies regarding research.
• Develop collaborative research projects and other partnerships for mentoring on research topics.
• Provide information regarding upcoming conferences, calls for papers, and other opportunities for presentation, learning, and dissemination.
Goal 3. Support Technology Applications for Teaching and Research
• Provide assistance in linking faculty to information on technology applications for research projects.
• Assist in the promotion of training of students, faculty, and staff in the use of a range of computer applications.
Goal 4. Support Research Knowledge and Skills Among Students
• Encourage faculty and student joint presentations and publications.
• Enhance funding for research assistants.
• Enhance funding and other financial support mechanisms for students.
• Encourage student participation in professional conferences.
• Promote understanding of research careers in Social Work.
• Support strengthening of research education in the curriculum.
Goal 5. Support Collaborative Partnerships with Local, State, and Federal Agencies and the Private Sector
• Identify and support research projects with agencies.
• Attend conferences and presentations to obtain information on funding opportunities.
Goal 6. Enhance Integration of Practice and Research Aspects of the Social Work Curriculum
• Promote support of projects such as faculty-based field units.
• Promote research activities with individual practicum sites.
• Promote inclusion of research on practice methods.
• Promote expectations for research activities within the field practicum.