Centers and Institutes

Organized Research and Service Units

The listing below shows organized research and service units that engage in research and/or public service and training.  Those units that offer degree programs or provide credit courses in support of other degree programs are shown on the primary organization chart.  Centers/institutes indicated with a "+" have been exempted by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs from periodic review under UNT Policy 06.046.

Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Office of Research and Innovation

Institutes of Research Excellence+

  • Advanced Environmental Research Institute

    The Advanced Environmental Research Institute (AERI) at the University of North Texas has been established as an Institute of Research Excellence. The institute touts a multidisciplinary team of researchers committed to collaborating on large research projects with an emphasis on application of research findings to the solutions of our most pressing environmental issues.

  • Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Processes Institute

    The Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Processes Institute (AMMPI) at the University of North Texas has been established as an Institute of Research Excellence. This is in recognition of the university’s strong and growing materials science program, which is part of UNT’s fast-growing College of Engineering.Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Processes Institute, AMMPI, is a research institute which is focused to test, develop and process next-generation structural materials via rapid combinatorial assessment and advanced processing technologies.

  • BioDiscovery Institute

    The BioDiscovery Institute delivers research solutions to underpin the utilization of biosystems for production of food/feed, polymers, construction materials, bioactive molecules, and biofuels. The institute operates through a pipeline linking sustainable plant production platforms, metabolic engineering and the development of new materials. The institute touts a multidisciplinary team of researchers committed to collaborating on large research projects with an emphasis on application of findings and solutions to meet market issues and needs.

  • Jim McNatt Institute for Logistics Research

    In 2013 UNT established the Jim McNatt Institute for Logistics Research (McNatt Institute). The McNatt Institute seeks to advance our understanding of how business, government, technology, the environment and the human element interact within complex logistics systems and enterprises to support sustainable and resilient economic growth. The establishment of the McNatt Institute fosters synergy across UNT in strengths such as emergency management, economics, geography, engineering, transportation and planning, digital commerce, arts, and logistics. This intellectual convergence stimulates collaboration between government agencies, businesses, non-profits, and service providers to examine the integration of people, goods, and related information across the entire supply chain.

College of Business

  • Institute of Petroleum Accounting

    Through its position within the university community, the Institute has access to research that directly impinges upon the accounting, finance, tax, and economics issues facing the petroleum industry today. The Institute's ties to professional accountants, financial managers, and executives within the extractive industries enable it to stay abreast of the concerns that industry professionals contend with on a day-to-day basis.

  • Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship

    We are striving to create a leading collaborative environment of entrepreneurs, investors and supporters that facilitates the development of new business ventures and strengthens the prospects of early stage companies in the North Texas region.

College of Education

  • Bill J. Priest Center for Community College Education

    Named in honor of Dr. Bill J. Priest, the founding Chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District and the inspiration for the Bill J. Priest Center at UNT. Dr. Priest served as Chancellor from 1965 to 1981. He is credited with building the community college system in Dallas. Today, the DCCCD is comprised of seven different colleges located throughout Dallas County, the R. Jan LeCroy Center for Educational Telecommunications, and various centers across Dallas County.

  • Center for Play Therapy

    Our mission is to encourage the unique development and emotional growth of children through the process of play therapy, a dynamic interpersonal relationship between a child and a therapist trained in play therapy procedures. The therapist provides the child with selected play materials and facilitates a safe relationship to express feelings, thoughts, experiences and behaviors through play, the child's natural medium of communication. 

  • Center for Sport Psychology and Performance Excellence

    The UNT Center for Sport Psychology and Performance Excellence was started in 1998 and over the last decade has become an internationally-recognized leader in the field of sport psychology. Our Center is multidisciplinary, combining knowledge, skills, and expertise from Psychology and Exercise Science to provide comprehensive and individualized sport psychology services, education/training, and research.

  • Counseling and Human Development Center+

    We contribute to the advancement of education, health, and human development. We study people—how children and adults learn, how teachers teach, how educational leaders lead, how to evaluate and improve programs, how to counsel those in need, how to serve our schools and communities, how to promote well-being. We serve the public by helping them live happier, healthier, and more productive lives.

  • NetDragon Digital Research Centre +

    The NetDragon Digital Research Centre is a collaborative initiative between UNT and Digital Train Limited, a leader in internet and mobile internet educational content and delivery.  The centre provides research funding for students and faculty and offers unique opportunities for student internships and faculty training, sponsored research across multiple disciplines, technology development and deployment of online courses to further enrich student learning experiences.  Dr. Thomas Parsons is professor of learning technologies and the founding director of the center.

  • Institute for the Advancement of the Arts (IAA) +

    Launched in 2009,  the Institute for the Advancement of the Arts (IAA) aims to showcase, support and advance excellence in the visual, performing and creative literary arts at UNT, among its faculty members and in conjunction with their renowned colleagues and collaborators. The Faculty Fellows program and the IAA Artist-in-Residence program are the cornerstones of IAA. The IAA Faculty Fellows program provides UNT (Denton campus) Faculty Fellows with 100 percent reassignment for one semester to accomplish and present creative research projects. Participants are selected through an annual application process open to all UNT (Denton campus) full-time faculty in the visual, performing and creative literary arts.  The Artist-in-Residence Program brings world class artists and professionals to the campus community to work with students. 

College of Engineering

  • Center for Information and Cyber Security

    We are an interdisciplinary center, bringing together individuals and organizations with an interest in the areas of information security, computer security, information assurance, and cybercrime.  The mission of the Center is to coordinate and promote educational, research, and service projects in information and computer security, with an emphasis on cross-disciplinary initiatives.

  • PACCAR Technology Institute

    The PACCAR Technology Institute (PTI) in the College of Engineering at the University of North Texas (UNT) is dedicated to research on Nanomaterials and Microsystems Technology. The initial support received from the PACCAR Foundation in 2006 has helped nucleate this Institute within the College of Engineering. With PTI Director, Prof. Anupama B. Kaul, who joined UNT in Fall 2017, the future directions of PTI will revolve around Nanomaterials and Microsystems Technology from 2018 onwards. 

College of Health and Public Service

  • Center for Public Management

    Established in 1992 as the professional development arm of the Department of Public Administration, the mission of the Center for Public Management (CPM) is to promote excellence and efficiency in public and nonprofit organizations.

  • UNT Speech and Hearing Center+

    The University of North Texas Speech and Hearing Center has been serving people with speech, language, and hearing disorders since 1967. The Center strives to provide superior professional diagnostic and treatment services in speech-language pathology and audiology while providing excellence in clinical education for students in the Department of Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology at the University of North Texas. Our showcase facility boasts a hearing aid dispensary, preschool language room, numerous therapy and diagnostic rooms, areas for families to observe clinical sessions, and ample parking.

College of Information

  • Center for Knowledge Solutions

    The Center for Knowledge Solutions empowers scholars and scholar-practitioners to make evidence-based decisions that optimize learning and performance systems to improve organizational knowledge. The uniqueness of the center is learning and performance across disciplines and professions. 

  • Institute for the Integration of Technology into Teaching and Learning

    The Institute for the Integration of Technology into Teaching and Learning, housed at the University of North Texas, is chartered by the UNT Council of Deans to conduct research and implement best practices in the area of teaching and learning with technology. IITTL's instruments and online data collection systems have allowed gathering data from thousands of educators in recent years. It has generated dozens of book chapters and refereed journal articles in the area of impact of information technology in education.

  • Texas Center for Educational Technology

    TCET is committed to providing an array of services to serve the educational needs of a variety of clients. To better serve these needs, TCET is organized into four divisions: the External Products Division, the Professional Development Division, the Professional Learning Division, and the Evaluation Division. Each division has a distinct role supporting the overall mission of TCET.

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

  • Castleberry Peace Institute

    In 2010, the University of North Texas (UNT) became the home of the Castleberry Peace Institute (CPI), the first research institute in the state of Texas. The Castleberry institute is devoted to cutting edge peace science research that advances our understanding of why conflicts occur, how they can be brought to an earlier and less destructive end, and what can be done to build a more durable peace in the aftermath of armed conflict.

  • Center for Economic Education
  • Center for Environmental Economic Studies & Research +
  • Center for Psychosocial Health Research

    Welcome to the Center for Psychosocial Health Research at UNT! We are a multidisciplinary team dedicated to pioneering research on the psychosocial phenomena involved in healthy living, with a focus on the LGBT and HIV-positive communities. Feel free to explore our website to learn more about the center, our projects, posters we have presented at national conferences and how we give back. 

  • Center for Sport Psychology and Performance Excellence

    The UNT Center for Sport Psychology and Performance Excellence was started in 1998 and over the last decade has become an internationally-recognized leader in the field of sport psychology. Our Center is multidisciplinary, combining knowledge, skills, and expertise from Psychology and Exercise Science to provide comprehensive and individualized sport psychology services, education/training, and research.

  • Economics Research Group

    The Economics Research Group is an interdisciplinary research platform with expertise in regional economics, policy, economic development strategies, the creative economy and community development. Collaborating with research partners from across the region and around the globe, the ERG strives to excel in its four unified missions

  • Military History Center

    The Military History Center (MHC) at the University of North Texas is building one of the premier military history programs in the world. We've hired great military historians in the forefront of their fields in teaching and research, and offer a rich course rotation for graduate students and undergraduates on the great conflicts of history as well as war and society, military thought, and diplomacy. 

College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism

  • Global Digital Retailing Research Center

    The Global Digital Retailing Research Center at the University of North Texas works to advance digital retailing through academic and industry collaborations.  We actively bring together the best minds, ideas and creativity to shape the dialogue in objective thought and inquiry in the science of current and future digital retailing and its impact on consumers.

College of Music

  • Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia

    The Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia is an interdisciplinary center focused on music and arts technologies, housed within UNT's Division of Composition Studies. CEMI fosters integration of electroacoustic music, live performance, video/film, plastic arts, and theater. Since its 1963 inception as the NTSU Electronic Music Center, CEMI has evolved into an unique creative environment, world-renowned for innovative works and musicians.
  • Center for Schenkerian Studies
  • Texas Center for Performing Arts Health 

    The Texas Center for Performing Arts Health, formerly known as the Texas Center for Music & Medicine, is an interdisciplinary partnership led by the UNT College of Music and the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine together with School of Public Health, the College of Engineering, and the College of Public Affairs and Community Service.

College of Science

  • Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling

    CASCaM’s central mission involves research, education, training, and outreach in all facets of advanced scientific computing and modeling. CASCaM affords excellent opportunities for collaboration with UNT computational researchers for both students and faculty mentors in Texas and the surrounding states.

  • Center for Nonlinear Science

  • Center for Plant Lipid Research

    The Center for Plant Lipid Research is focused on both basic and applied aspects of research in the regulation of plant lipid metabolism.  Center scientists use contemporary experimental approaches in cell biology, biochemistry, and molecular genetics to understand how lipids influence the growth and development of plants. 

College of Visual Arts and Design

  • Jo Ann (Jody) and Dr. Charles O. Onstead Institute for Education in the Visual Arts and Design

    The Institute is housed within the University of North Texas’ College of Visual Arts & Design (CVAD)—one of the most comprehensive arts and design programs at a public university and considered one of the best art schools in the South and Southwest with program areas in art education—which includes a PhD offering—art history, and a broad range of studio and design practice. The College’s faculty are master artists, designers, and scholars who are known internationally.

School of Journalism

  • Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism +

    Graduate work in the Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism prepares students with lifetime communication and intellectual skills for successful careers in journalism, strategic communications, and higher education. This nationally accredited program offers state-of-the-art technological training and support as well as research and study opportunities in news, advertising, public relations, photojournalism, publishing, broadcast and multimedia news.