About us

Our Mission

As an urban-serving university, the UW Tacoma aims to "foster scholarship, research, and creativity to address the challenging problems of our time and place."  In its 2016 Strategic Plan, the UW Tacoma identifies as a key priority to "expand and support a range of research, scholarship and creative activity."

To serve these ends, the Office of Research works with campus partners to:

  • Raise the profile of research, scholarship, and creative activities across the campus and in the community;
  • Assist UW Tacoma faculty to pursue externally sponsored research funding;
  • Promote the professional development of faculty through workshops that help faculty in all aspects of their research, scholarship, and creative activities;
  • Support student research experiences
  • Help the faculty to partner with public agencies and community groups in the mutual pursuit of publicly-engaged scholarship.

Our Staff

The Office of Research provides support to faculty in all aspects of developing and nurturing individual and collaborative interests in specific research areas and scholarships. Under the leadership of Dr. Turan Kayaoglu, our office offers a flexible and effective infrastructure staffed with an experienced team to meet campus research needs.

Turan received his PhD in Political Science from University of Washington and has been a faculty member at UW Tacoma since 2005. Author of two books and over 20 articles, his scholarship focuses on international relations theory, religion, and human rights. As the Chief Research Officer at UW Tacoma, Turan reviews faculty grant proposals for sponsored research, works to improve research infrastructure, administration, and compliance, and leads the campus faculty development initiatives.

Lisa Isozaki has been at UW Tacoma since May 2014. Prior to this, from 2009-2014 Lisa was the Program Administrator for the Polar Science Center in the UW Applied Physics Laboratory managing over $15M in annual grant funding from a variety of federal sponsors including NSF, NASA, DoD, and ONR. And from 2000-2009, she was a Project Manager at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center managing several large NCI funded program/project grants focusing on the early detection of ovarian and breast cancer. Lisa received her Bachelor's in Business Administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a Bachelor's in Science degree from Seattle University.

Kara holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado, Denver, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. Prior to joining UW Tacoma, Kara worked with the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems at CU-Denver, where she supported grant-writing efforts and conducted independent and collaborative research. Kara also has taught graduate-level courses in research design, analytical methods, and community planning and worked as a transportation and land use planner in private consulting. At UW Tacoma, Kara assists faculty throughout the research development and proposal process, with particular emphasis on designing project approaches, articulating anticipated impacts, and providing editing and writing support. Contact Kara to learn more about how she might support your proposal efforts and/or your scholarship more generally!

JoAnn earned her BA from Central Washington University in Education.  After 7 years of teaching elementary education in Puyallup School District, JoAnn transitioned her career to the University of Washington in 2007.  JoAnn lives in Puyallup, and in her spare time likes to bike, hike, garden, and spend time with family and friends.   In the UWT Office of Research, JoAnn supports with post-award management and faculty development workshops.  Inquiries regarding the TLB Atrium and OR website may also be directed to her.