Professors Keith Owens, Michael R. Gibson, Michèle Wong Kung Fong, Clinton Carlson and Eric Ligon, make up the core of the DRC’s group of faculty researchers. (Professor Ligon also serves as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs of UNT’s College of Visual Arts and Design). Together they marshal over 85 combined years of experience in design research and professional practice, and in bridging the gaps between the two, as well as design education, design management, and grant formulation, writing and service. Each of them has the capacity to bring a unique blend of experiential knowledge, skills and habits of mind to a wide variety of applied and evidence-based research initiatives.
Depending on what the parameters of particular projects call for, this group can be configured as a collaborative, or into a two- to three-person working group, or individual members can form strategic partnerships with faculty from disciplines across the University of North Texas (UNT) System. Members of this group have sustained working relationships with a wide variety of UNT faculty and researchers from outside the Department of Design for over a decade. This approach ensures that DRC research partners have access to and benefit from the entire spectrum of scholarly and institutional resources offered by the Department of Design, CVAD and the UNT System.
Biographical information and a synopsis of each member's research interests and expertise is listed below. More in-depth information about each of these faculty members can be found at the UNT Faculty Profile System.