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Associate Dean for Research


Dr. Arzu Ari


 Associate Dean for Research
 College of Health Professions

 (512) 716-4412


Dr. Arzu Ari is a Professor in the Department of Respiratory Care. She is a physical and respiratory therapist by training with 27 years of experience as a manager, clinician, educator, and researcher. After she graduated from the Department of Physical Therapy at Hacettepe University, Dr. Ari completed her master's degree in public health at Istanbul University. She received her second master's degree in respiratory therapy and a Ph.D. degree in educational policy and higher education administration from Georgia State University.

Dr. Ari's primary area of research is aerosol medicine, which is closely tied to major developments that have had a global impact on the delivery of aerosolized medications to patients with pulmonary diseases. Her research has led to significant contributions to novel methods of aerosol delivery to different patient populations and served as a foundation from which others are performing research with direct clinical applications.

Dr. Ari's interest in research has manifested in 81 peer-reviewed articles, 80 conference proceedings, and 3 clinical guidelines that were published in high-impact journals. She also authored 16 book chapters and 2 books. Dr. Ari is the first author of the book entitled "A Guide to Aerosol Delivery Devices for Respiratory Therapists, 2nd ed" which was published by the American Association for Respiratory Care in 2009. Dr. Ari gave more than 300 presentations at conferences organized by various professional organizations in the US, Canada, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Turkey,, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, China, India, and Taiwan.

She has been recognized as an outstanding scholar in the field of aerosol medicine and received the Mitchell Baran Achievement Award for Clinical Excellence in Aerosol and Airway Clearance Therapies in 2018. Her research received the prestigious Monaghan/Trudell Award for Aerosol Technique Development from the American Respiratory Care Foundation three times. Dr. Ari received Texas State's Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship and the Specialty Practitioner of the Year Award in Education from the American Association for Respiratory Care.

Dr. Ari is the topic and guest editor of Pharmaceutics and the associate editor of the Canadian Journal for Respiratory Therapy. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Aerosol Medicine. Dr. Ari has served as the Governor of Turkey at the International Respiratory Care Council for 25 years and promotes the profession of respiratory care around the world. Dr. Ari has also served on numerous committees of the American College of Chest Physicians, American Respiratory Care Foundation, International Society for Aerosols in Medicine, American Association for Respiratory Care, and Turkish Respiratory Society. Dr. Ari is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians (FCCP), and the American Association for Respiratory Care (FAARC).

Research Coordinator

Rosaura Aguirre, Research Coordinator

Research Coordinator
College of Health Professions
(512) 716-4420

Rosaura received her two bachelor's degrees - Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish - from Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi. She has extensive experience in project coordination, some of which included the support and organization of a non-profit in the Coastal Bend area in South Texas, and at the university level. With thirteen plus years of university experience, she was part of the staff at: The University of Texas at Austin's School of Nursing Family Wellness Center; University of Texas at Dallas' Office of Research & the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer Science; Texas A&M - Corpus Christi's Office of Institutional Advancement; and, the University of California, Santa Barbara's Office of Human Resources. She brings with her years of experience in grant work, to include working with grant proposals and implementing funding guidelines along with grant-writing and follow-up reporting. As the Texas State University College of Health Professions Office of Research's Research Coordinator, she hopes to make the grant search, proposal process and post-award reporting easier, assisting faculty with their research efforts through grant funding. Aguirre's work-in-progress continues through the completion of her certification through the Research Administrators Certification Council.

Ms. Aguirre is housed on the Round Rock campus.

Top 10 Reasons to Know YOUR Research Coordinator

The responsibilities of each Research Coordinator (RC) are determined by the pre- and post-award needs of their College; most report to the Associate Dean of Research. One common responsibility is that we are all here to help faculty create winning proposals!

  1. YOUR Research Coordinator supports increasing the quantity AND quality of proposal submissions… leading to more awards.
  2. YOUR Research Coordinator serves as a liaison to the Office of Sponsored Programs, Office of Research Development, and other University offices to support preparing research proposals and administering awards.
  3. YOUR Research Coordinator can suggest potential research partners within your College and across the University to increase multidisciplinary research initiatives.
  4. YOUR Research Coordinator will help identify potential funders aligned with your research interests and provide brief one-on-one demonstrations of various funding search engines.
  5. YOUR Research Coordinator wants to share your passion and help strategize, shape, and sell your idea in a fundable research proposal.
  6. YOUR Research Coordinator is available to help whether you are a Principal Investigator (PI), Co-PI, or consultant… we are here for you!
  7. YOUR Research Coordinator creates processes and tools to assist with submitting quality proposals (i.e. boilerplate language, proposal checklists, budget justification templates).
  8. YOUR Research Coordinator can serve as a “first reviewer” of final document drafts by
    • reviewing drafts against RFP requirements/selection criteria and for clarity
    • editing/proofreading drafts for layout, content, style, syntax, grammar, spelling, and punctuation
  9. YOUR Research Coordinator creates processes and tools to assist with administering an award.
  10. YOUR Research Coordinator can help when you get stuck. Use the 10-minute rule: if you cannot find the information you need, start with us for all your pre- and post-award questions.