The college has over 160 faculty in the arts, humanities, and the social sciences: almost all hold a PhD, MFA, or other terminal degree in their field. Several faculty have been Fulbright, Guggenheim, or Woodrow Wilson Fellows. As active researchers, CLASS faculty publish an average of 15 books and dozens of articles and book chapters each year.
Faculty have received awards from the Council on Graduate Schools, the National Endowment for the Humanities, IREX, the U.S. Department of Education, the Ohio Arts Council, the Ohio Humanities Council, the Cleveland Arts Prize, the Rome Prize, and other external entities.
The College is home or host to a number of research and cultural centers, including:
- Art Gallery: presents exhibitions of student and faculty art, and special exhibits of artists who are recognized internationally and nationally.
- Bioethics Center and certificate program, which maintains a collaboration with the Bio-Ethics Network of Ohio (BENO).
- Black Studies Program, which includes the African American Cultural Center and the Jazz Heritage Orchestra.
- Butler Jones Lecture each spring semester by an eminent sociologist. The Lecture Series also awards a scholarship each year to a beginning MA student in sociology.
- Center for Arts and Innovation with foci on Dance and Movement, Creative Words and Music, and Creative Thought.
- The purpose of the Center for Healing Across Cultures (CHAC) is to facilitate positive change in health, wellness and sustainability as we research and disseminate traditional modalities for the maintenance of health and wellness, heightening of consciousness, happiness, and wisdom in the pursuit of healthier people, their communities, and our living environment.
- The Center for Public History and Digital Humanities is focused on bringing together individuals and scholarship in history, education, library and information sciences and technology in order to better serve the public.
- The Center for Slovenian Studies supports Slovenian language study and culture outreach for the local Slovenian community.
- Cleveland Arts Education Consortium promotes and strengthens art education in Northeast Ohio and advocates on behalf of arts learning.
- Cleveland Contemporary Players, an artist in residency program within the Music Department dedicated to performance of new works by living composers.
- Cleveland Stater: campus newspaper produced by journalism students in the School of Communication.
- Communication Research Center in the School of Communication, to serve area businesses and organizations, featuring focus groups and a computer-aided telephone interview (CATI) system.
- Criminology Research Center provides local, state and federal agencies with excellent services in research and data analysis in order to provide sound research-based knowledge that can be used to inform public policy.
- Crooked River: an electronic journal on social and urban history featuring articles by faculty, students, and professionals in northeast Ohio.
- Cultural Crossings interdisciplinary lecture series: four lectures a year by nationally known scholars or artists.
- Imagination: a yearly summer writers' conference.
- Independent Film Program: an adjunct to Film Studies in the School of Communication.
- Indian Scholar Program: sponsors a visiting scholar from India in alternate years.
- Poetry Center, nationally recognized press that publishes new books by poets.
- Social History and the City project in the History department: includes a web-based Ohio Local History Archive, Crooked River electronic journal, and the Thomas F. Campbell annual seminar on the city.
- Sundown Jazz Series, the longest-running jazz series in Cleveland.
- Theater: public productions in conjunction with The Department of Theatre and Dance.
- Women's Comprehensive Center, including the Re-Entry Women's Project.