Centers and Institutes
Director: Christina Jeffries
Please visit The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Student Center for Professional Development for more information.
Enhancing the skills and knowledge of professionals and students in the field of hospitality and tourism management through the creation and delivery of initiatives in executive development, research, and curriculum innovation.
Center for Hospitality and Tourism Research
Director: Carl Winston
The Center for Surf Research is the first of its kind in the world; it responds to the challenges of a rapidly expanding surfing industry and the broadening horizons of surf tourism and its impact on peoples, environments, and economies along the coastlines of more than 100 countries.
Director: Jess Ponting
Please visit Center for Surf Research for more information.
Focusing on research, policy studies, and education related to the area of tribal gaming management.
Director: Kate Spilde
Please visit Sycuan Institute on Government Gaming for more information.
the Institute for Innovative Governance (Institute) develops applied research solutions for public policy and governance challenges that focus on innovative and entrepreneurial strategies. A collaborative effort with SDSU faculty and local government and nonprofit administrators in San Diego County to identify policy and governance problems that could be addressed with innovative practices.
Director: Patricia Frosio
Please visit Institute for Innovative Governance for more information.
Developing mentoring and professional relationships between industry professionals and SDSU students
Institute of Meetings and Events
Mentoring graduate students in the creation of projects that promote artistic and technical growth, and working with global film schools, film institutes, and filmmakers in the production of the long-running, international TV series, “The Short List.”
Director: Tim Powell
Please visit Production Center for Documentary and Drama for more information.
The nation’s first program dedicated solely to the study and discussion of women’s representation on screen and behind the scenes in television and film.
Director: Martha Lauzen
Please visit Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film for more information.
Producing investigative, data-driven journalism and developing the next generation of investigative reporters.
Director: Lorie Hearn
Please visit The Investigative Newsource for more information.
Primarily concerned with conducting leisure-related research, promoting professional development, disseminating specialized publications, and organizing conferences, seminars, lectures and workshops.
Institute for Leisure and Tourism Management
Director: Larry Beck
The Center for Science and Media is a collaboration of the School of Journalism and Media Studies with the College of Sciences in the areas of research, public service, and curriculum.
Director: Associate Professor Amy Schmitz Weiss
Please visit Center for Science and Media for more information.
Center for Learning, Instruction and the Performance Technologies
The center’s faculty and staff conduct research on the design and use of technology-based systems for enhancing human learning and performance, monitor trends in advanced applications of educational technology and allied disciplines, and evaluate the effectiveness and usability of educational products and services.
Director: Marcie Bober-Michel
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Volunteer and Mentorship Center
An endowed center, it connects hospitality and tourism management students to numerous volunteer and mentoring opportunities throughout San Diego.
Housed in the School of Journalism and Media Studies, the Center focuses on professional development for public relations students, practitioners, and faculty. The Center has a number of projects that help make these groups their best versions of themselves as professionals.
Director: Dr. Kaye Sweetser, APR+M, Fellow PRSA
Please visit Glen M. Broom Center for Professional Development in Public Relations for more information.
An innovative hub for investigating critical relationships between communication and health that shape the human social condition in contemporary society, the center is transdisciplinary and promote local, regional, national, and global connections.
Director: Wayne Beach
Please visit Center for Communication, Health and the Public Good for more information.
The Center for the Study of Media and Performance (CSMP) is an interdisciplinary forum for critical inquiry into the many expressions of live art and screen culture. The Center invites faculty from across SDSU to join us for lectures, meetings, symposia, performances, screenings, and other presentations that explore the discourses linked by the keywords “media” and “performance.” The Center aims to engage leading thinkers in these and related fields in a national dialogue.
Director: Danielle Bedau
Please visit Center for the Study of Media and Performance for more information.
The Institute for the Arts, Humanities, and Social Justice (IAHSJ) is an interdisciplinary hub for research, creative projects, and community engagement at the intersection of the arts, the humanities, and social justice. The IAHSJ seeks to interrupt systemic racism in access to the arts and education through cultivating dialogue and partnership among faculty, students, and community members. This Institute is a collaboration of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts and the College of Arts and Letters.
Director: Annie Buckley
Please visit Institute for the Arts, Humanities, and Social Justice for more information.
The Institute for Dialogue and Social Justice deploys the interdisciplinary scholarship and activism of SDSU faculty, students, and community members to enhance productive dialogue about pressing social issues of SDSU and the wider San Diego region. Broadly, The Institute seeks to develop a culture defined by redressing direct and indirect forms of social and economic injustice and promoting alternative vocabularies, practices, and policies that enhance the potential for all people to live healthy, safe, full, viable, and meaningful lives.
Director: Tiffany Dykstra-DeVette
Please visit Institute for Dialogue and Social Justice for more information.