The FSSC promotes, enhances, facilitates, and supports faculty, staff, and student engagement in methodologically diverse, socially relevant research and creative activity by providing the physical space and human capital necessary to develop a robust infrastructure for designing scholarly projects, helping faculty scholars obtain internal and external funding for their work, implementing funded research programs, and forming mutually productive and rewarding relationships with community organizations and other universities.
The following resources and services available to faculty scholars and their student assistants from the FSSC.
1. Technical Services
Technical assistance with obtaining external funding and carrying out research for all faculty, staff, and students, specifically:
- Data collection, processing, conversion, and analysis (quantitative, qualitative, geospatial, ethnographic)
- Digital media and audio-visual research methods
- Qualitative and arts-based research methodologies
- GIS mapping
- Grant proposal review and editing
- Manuscript editing
- Survey and interview guide design
- Human subjects protection (e.g., preparing IRB protocols)
2. Training, Workshops, Seminar Series:
FSSC provides customized, capacity-building training, workshops and seminars in a variety of areas, including:
- Quantitative data access (e.g., U.S. Census, American Community Survey Data, PUMS, ICPSR
- SPSS usage (basic and intermediate) for numeric data analysis
- SAS usage (basic and intermediate) for numeric data analysis
- Research design (logic, vernacular, concepts, hypothesis development, testing)
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (basic, intermediate, advanced)
- NVivo for qualitative data analysis
- Video and audio data capture, management, and analysis
3. Conference Room and Lab Space
FSSC’s conference space may be reserved for workshops, meetings, brown bag sessions, other small group gatherings. The conference space includes table seating for 12 and is equipped with an HD TV, a projector, and a laptop with internet access.
Our Macro and Micro computer labs are available to conduct trainings, workshops, and informal sessions. The Macro Lab has 15 iMacs and 7 PCs; statistical, GIS, audio-video, graphic design software, accessories such as video cameras, audio recorders, a flatbed scanner, LCD projector, etc. The Micro Lab has 4 PCs and access to transcription software and statistical software.
4. Research Resources
Research resources includes:
- Data repository capabilities (public, private, and FSSC-generated datasets)
- Software (e.g., ArcGIS, ATLAS.ti, NVivo, SPSS, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Creative Suite)
- Data-archiving tools (DVD data creation and duplication)
- Audio-visual data gathering equipment (video and still cameras, audio recorders, etc.)
- REDCap (online survey and data management tool)
- Remote access (to access FSSC’s specialized software)