News and Events


Keep up with the latest news and events from the Public and International Affairs Department here. Our faculty and students are always striving to create new and innovative opportunities to get involved in the department. Below you will find a host of information regarding recent press and media coverage, forums, community, and exciting new student research projects and events.

Faculty Press and Media


Dr.Brudney at the UN Headquarters in Bonn, Germany

Dr. Brudney, Bonn, GermanyUN Panel Bonn, Germany








Dr. Jeffrey L. Brudney, Betty and Dan Cameron Family Distinguished Professor of Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector at the University of North Carolina Wilmington conceptualized and oversaw the production of the short film "Building a Better Wilmington: Giving and Volunteering in the Port City." Filmed here in Wilmington, the project aims to encourage student film making and to inspire participation in the community.

Undergraduate film major Ryan Seals directed, filmed, and edited the film and MPA graduate student Vanessa Lacer produced the film under Dr. Brudney's supervision. The film will be featured at this years Cucalorus Film Festival November 13-17, 2013.


Student News

Department of Public and International Affairs Graduation ceremony. May 2014.


Dr. Barth


Professors from the Public and International Affairs department participated in "Pie a Professor Day" on November 7, 2013. Students had the opportunity to relieve some pre-finals stress and support a good cause by throwing a pie at a PIA professor for a $2 donation. The good sports that were "pied"included Dr. Aaron King, Dr. Craig Burnett, Dr. Tom Barth (pictured to the right), Dr. Paige Tan, and Professor Chris Faulkner. All proceeds benefitted the UNCW Model United Nations Club.



Public and International Affairs Community

Welcome Aboard Our Newest PIA Faculty Members

Dr. Jessica WeinkleJessica Weinkle, Ph.D., MCOP Director

Jessice Weinkle has joined the faculty of Marine and Coastal Ocean Policy in the Spring 2015 semester. She moved to UNCW from the University of Colorado Boulder where she completed her Ph.D. in Environmental Studies. Dr. Weinkle studies coastal risk politics and policy with a particular focus on public insurance programs that manage catastrophic risks such as, hurricanes and floods. Her courses for graduates and undergraduates focus on the interface of science, politics and policymaking.

In January, she had an op-ed in the Wilmington Star News that discussed the potential role of sea level science and the importance of public engagement in coastal land management planning.

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