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Engaging Research

Fall 2019


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Walter Horton
Dr. Walter E. Horton

Well, I guess it is fall, but as someone who lived in the Midwest most of my life, I am not sure. It doesn’t look or feel much different from summer!

However, I am sure of one thing. Texas State University has amazing, relevant research and creative activity happening all across campus. I am excited to share some of those stories in this issue of Engaging Research. I think you will agree that the work of our faculty, from cultural critique to scientific investigation and social intervention, is changing people’s lives for the better.

In this issue, we highlight scholarly work on culture, such as Omari Souza’s exploration of how visual narrative in advertising impacts the way we see race and ethnicity and Katie Kapurch’s study on African American musicians who reimagine and remix the Beatles. Benjamin Schwartz describes a new phase of research on the Edward’s Aquifer that could establish it as the world’s “most biodiverse” and Michael Solem writes of his role in a national initiative to make geography education more relevant and powerful for our K-12 kids. Finally, Erica Nason tells the story of her research supporting the mental health of our nation’s farmers. Clearly, these research stories show that Texas State faculty and students are “on it.”

Thank you to everyone who participates in and supports our research and scholarly mission; and don’t turn off that AC just yet!

New Faculty Research Spotlight

Omari Souza - School of Art and Design

Design for Social Good and Innovation

"While many of my classmates prepared for classes by packing or unpacking their supplies, I had to unpack and navigate the weight of my blackness in a homogenous space."

Faculty Research Spotlight

Benjamin Schwartz - Department of Biology

Edwards Aquifer Close to Being World’s Most Biodiverse Site


Erica Nason - School of Social Work

Bringing Mental Health Resources to our Nation’s Farmers

Faculty Research Spotlight

Katie Kapurch - Department of English

Blackbird Singing: Black America Remixes the Beatles


Michael Solem - Department of Geography

Making Geography Education “Powerful” for Students

Research Coordinator Corner

College of Education Offers Best Practices Series for External Funding

In January 2019, the College of Education Research Office (COERO) began piloting a year-long professional development series to boost faculty knowledge and skills in all aspects of seeking and securing external research funding. The Grant Development Scholars Program (GDSP) covers topics that range from understanding how external funding supports research to locating funding and then crafting and submitting a proposal. We would like to share some best practices here on creating this type of program for faculty that may help other units across the university offer similar programs.

ORSP News and Updates

Let Funding Find You

Finding funding for a research project is time consuming, but what if funding found you instead? What a lot of Texas State faculty don’t realize is that you can take steps to make this a possibility.

About ORSP

Exciting research happens every day in every department of Texas State University. Our faculty generate new knowledge and catalyze ideas into reality, combining creativity and determination to achieve innovation.

Each semester, we feature some of these accomplished researchers in our newsletter, where they share their work and advice about funding, managing teams, and more. The newsletter also includes practical tips for finding collaborators, mentoring students, and using ORSP’s resources to the fullest.

Remember, ORSP is here to support your research from start to finish.    

Editorial Team

Kay Hetherly, editor

Evy Gonzales

Jessica Schneider

Becky Northcut

Christopher Larson, web developer