Centers and Institutes

The academic centers at Bridgewater support the mission and goals of the university by enhancing research and scholarship, fostering community outreach and expanding opportunities to obtain external funding. By supporting the scholarly and service interests of Bridgewater’s faculty, librarians, staff and students, the centers make significant contributions to our local and regional communities as well as to the nation at large.

Our highly varied centers represent a sweeping range of interests, scholarship and expertise.

Center for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship (CARS)

The mission of CARS - organized and led by faculty, librarians and staff - is to foster the development of research, scholarship, and creative endeavors for faculty and librarians. CARS promotes individual, collaborative, and interdisciplinary scholarship activities, and provides resources for the creation of knowledge that reflects and supports the strategic goals of the institution, when appropriate.  

Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (CASE)

The mission of CASE is to promote and increase interest and literacy in science and mathematics amongst preK-12 students, pre-service and in-service teachers, and members of the university and regional communities. CASE aims to instill positive attitudes toward STEM disciplines in students of all ages, especially groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM careers; serve as a leader in exploring STEM education-related topics and the most effective pedagogy for their incorporation into the preK-12 classroom; and promote preK-12 STEM workforce development by recruiting, nurturing and training pre-service teachers to enter STEM careers.

CASE offers hands-on laboratory experiences for students, professional development and lending labs for in-service teachers, summer STEM programs for middle school students and access to Bridgewater State University's Observatory and Project EarthView's twenty-foot inflatable globe. In 2013, approximately 8,650 preK-12 students participated in CASE programs. These students came from 69 schools and 19 community organizations. Additionally, 196 undergraduate students, 520 teachers and more than 900 members of the community participated in CASE outreach programs, bringing the total number of participants to over 10,000. CASE programs also partnered with other University initiatives, including the Bridge and Footbridge Programs. For more information, please visit the CASE website.

Bridgewater faculty, staff and students lead the following CASE programs.

CityLab is a biotechnology outreach program for teachers and students that aims to enhance science knowledge and enthusiasm through authentic laboratory experiences. Jenna Mendell, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, and Kim McCoy, Program Coordinator, run the CityLab program.

EarthView's twenty-foot hand-painted globe serves as a portable classroom energizing geography programs throughout the region. James Hayes-Bohanan and Vernon Domingo, both Professors of Geography, oversee the EarthView program.

Games Teachers Play provides preK-12 teachers of mathematics an opportunity to share and learn about the world of engaging educational games and puzzles. Polina Sabinin, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, runs the Games Teachers Play program.

GreenLab aims to educate the Bridgewate State University and regional communities about green chemistry and the impacts of chemicals on human and environmental health. Ed Brush, Professor of Chemical Sciences, oversees GreenLab.

The Mathematics and Computer Science Collaborative provides meaningful professional development for mathematics educators in Southeastern Massachusetts. Rebecca Metcalf, Associate Professor of Mathematics, serves as the program's BSU contact.

The BSU Observatory hosts public and private viewing events, runs K-12 workshops, and provides resources for student research, astronomy courses, and service-learning. Jamie Kern, Observatory Manager, and Martina Arndt, Professor of Physics, oversee the Observatory.

Watershed Access Lab provides science education outreach programs and preK-12 teacher professional development focused on land use and water quality assessment. Kevin Curry, Professor of Biology, and Kim McCoy, Program Coordinator, lead watershed programs.

Center for Economic Education

Established in 1992, the Center for Economic Education, affiliated with the National Council on Economic Education, offers economics workshops to K-12 teachers and administrators in Southeastern Massachusetts to enhance both content and pedagogy.

Workshops are usually held in computer classrooms and contain a component that focuses on economic education and online resources. Participants engage in hands-on demonstrations of economics lessons that are appropriate to their grade levels, and discuss how the concepts involved pertain to the curriculum frameworks. For more information, contact the Center for Economic Education at 508.531.2866.

Center for Entrepreneurship Studies (CES)

CES complements the services provided by state and local government and private agencies. Providing students, faculty and local business owners with the opportunity to exchange ideas, CES builds entrepreneurial skills and engages in entrepreneurial activities.

Objectives include: enhancing faculty and student research and scholarship; enhancing undergraduate and graduate programs; providing outreach activities that contribute to the local economy; supporting student engagement; and stimulating interdisciplinary interactions among faculty, students, librarians and staff.

Center for Democratic Governance and Leadership

Established in 1997, the Center for Democratic Governance and Leadership is housed in the Department of Political Science. It operates within the context of a dynamic educational environment that encourages research, teaching and community service. 

The Center for Democratic Governance and Leadership has three primary goals: to advance leading-edge research on the study of democratic governance and leadership in established and emerging democracies; to integrate research, teaching and policy application; and to engage and advance the economic, cultural, civic and political life of Southeastern Massachusetts, other domestic communities, and our global community.

The center has earned national recognition from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, which selected it as one of a hundred examples of effective programs at public four-year colleges and universities.

Center for Middle East Studies (CMES)

The mission of the Middle East Studies Center (CMES) is to introduce and enhance the educational and cultural awareness of the Middle East region and of its diverse peoples, history and cultures. CMES promotes both specialized knowledge and public understanding of this crucial region of the world, which includes the Arab states, Turkey, Iran and Israel. 

CMES strives to reach the broadest possible constituency, working with a variety of academic departments, educational and cultural organizations and experts to discover new avenues for scholarly outreach and cooperation. CMES aims to reinforce links to other institutions in the Middle East region to offer academic opportunities to faculty and students to study and gain more understanding of the Middle East. 

CMES adheres to the strategic vision of Bridgewater State University in maximizing the intensity, diversity and richness of teaching and learning relationships forged between faculty, students and members of the broader community the Middle East and the world.

Center for PreK-12 Educational Outreach

The Center for PreK-12 Educational Outreach coordinates unique education needs within the Southeastern Massachusetts region as well as Cape Cod and the Islands. The center develops and maintains relationships with constituencies such as schools in our collaborative and industry leaders to enhance resources to fulfill specific educational requests. 

Establishing linkages between business, educational and political entities regarding PreK-16 issues, the center also develops and responds to funding opportunities, including grant proposals and prospectus.

Center for Sustainability

The mission of the Center for Sustainability is to advocate for the integration of sustainability principles in the core educational Bridgewater State University mission: teaching and learning, research, campus operations and regional outreach.

Children's Physical Developmental Clinic (CPDC)

For nearly 40 years, Bridgewater State University has sponsored CPDC, a nationally recognized academic program that fosters professional development, service learning, and leadership development.  

CPDC affords students from all majors a challenging opportunity to volunteer as clinicians and work with children and youth with disabilities, ages 18 months to 18 years. The aim of the clinic program is to improve the "total development" of children with disabilities by enhancing vital physical, motor, and aquatic skills and patterns. In addition, the program stresses the improvement of children's self-esteem by strengthening emotional-social aspects of their personalities through successful involvement in play, recreation, and sport activities. 

More than a hundred students serve as clinicians and group leaders each semester, making the CPDC one of the largest student organizations on campus.

Institute for Cape Verdean Studies

The Pedro Pires Institute for Cape Verdean Studies at Bridgewater State University shares and celebrates the culture, language and history of Cape Verde as one of the world's earliest Creole Societies. Through rigorous academic pursuits, community engagement and global partnerships, the institute serves as a vibrant resource for all who wish to deepen their understanding, contribute knowledge and learn more about the uniqueness of the Cape Verdean Experience. For more information, please visit the Pedro Pires Institute for Cape Verdean Studies website.

Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice

The mission of the Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice—named after the youngest victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings—is to build knowledge about social justice, to develop skills for advancing social justice through individual and collective action, and to serve as a catalyst for actualizing Bridgewater State University’s commitment to social justice. At BSU, we believe that social justice requires individual and collective action to ensure fairness in pursuit of opportunities, freedom from oppression and the equitable distribution of resources. Fairness, freedom from oppression and equitable distribution of resources are all grounded in the same basic principle: that all human beings have equal dignity and worth.

The Institute consists of the educational equity programs: Jumpstart Bridgewater and the Bridge Partnership; and the Community Service Center. It also sponsors forums and events on an array of social justice topics and works to expand the presence of social justice in BSU’s academic programs. For more information, contact the Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice at 508.531.2199.

Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC)

MARC’s goals are to conduct research, attend and host conferences and workshops, and bring anti-bullying and anti-cyberbullying programs, training and curricula to K-12 faculty, staff, administration, students, parents and communities.

Dr. Elizabeth Englander, professor of psychology at Bridgewater, is the director of MARC, which is staffed by faculty, graduate and undergraduate students. All of MARC's programs are evaluated yearly and are based in research findings and its curricula are evidence-based. Outcomes reports are available.

Minnock Institute for Global Engagement

The Dr. Edward W. Minnock Institute for Global Engagement is committed to creating and fostering a learning environment where students and faculty from other countries interact with Bridgewater State University students and faculty to help make BSU a global campus. Within the Institute, Global Learning, International Student and Scholar Services, Study Abroad, and English Language Learning offer the campus community opportunities for academic enrichment, travel, research and community service. The Minnock Institute serves as a hub of internationalization on campus, a regional resource for global engagement, and the facilitator of more than 50 regional and international partnerships. For more information, contact the Minnock Institute at 508.531.6195.