Missouri State University is a community of scholars who accept the challenge of integrating research with teaching and service.
The mission of the Division of Research & Economic Development is to support the University's statewide mission in public affairs and its stated purpose of developing educated persons by creating an environment that supports and values research, scholarship, creative activity, and community outreach.
Dr. Jim Baker is the Vice President for Research & Economic Development. As Vice President for Research & Economic Development, Dr. Baker advises the President on all matters pertaining to the operation and management of research and economic development and also serves as the Director of the University's China Programs.
Units within the Research & Economic Development division are Broadcast Services; China Programs; Community and Social Issues Institute; the Roy Blunt Jordan Valley Innovation Center (JVIC); and the Office of Sponsored Research & Programs (OSRP).