Applied Learning

Scholarship on Applied Learning

Scholarship on Applied Learning & SOTL 

The Office of Applied Learning supports and contributes to the dissemination of scholarly work on applied learning and scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL) in multiple ways.   

Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning & Community-Based Research (UJSLBR) 

Edited by Jill Waity, Associate Professor and Applied Learning Fellow 

UJSLCBR is a new, refereed, multidisciplinary, online undergraduate journal that will advance knowledge in new scholarly arenas by presenting intellectual and reflective work by undergraduates. 

Special issue published on “Service Learning and Community-Based Research in a Time of Disruption” 

Journal of Effective Teaching in Higher Education (JETHE) 

Edited by James DeVita, Interim Director of Applied Learning, and Colleen Reilly, Professor of English and CTE/CFL Fellow 

JETHE is an open access electronic peer-reviewed journal that advances the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) focused on institutions of higher education. Theoretical explorations, evidence-based studies, and praxis submissions are welcome.  

Journal of Applied Learning in Higher Education (JALHE)  

Special Issue edited by UNCW faculty Anthony Atkins, former AL Fellow and Director of the 2018 Conference on Applied Learning in Higher Education, Jeanne Persuit, AL Senior Fellow, and Jess Boersma, former Director of ETEAL 

JALHE’s Fall 2019 volume 8  

Features 7 publications that represent a diverse range of projects supported by applied learning at UNCW. 

Applied Learning in Higher Education  

eBook published in 2017 by former ETEAL Fellows Salena Rabideaux and Sheri Conklin.  

The text includes 13 chapters organized under 4 sections: Critical Thinking & Reflection, Collaborative & Cooperative Learning, Service Learning, and Applied Learning Online. ALHE is a compilation of applied learning practices on UNCW’s campus that offers examples and strategies for integrating research-based practices into curricula. 

Faculty, Staff, Student and Community Partner Publications  

The following tables presents a list of publications and presentations collected from current and previously funded initiatives by the Office of Applied Learning. Please submit information on your work to .  





Pedagogy Initiative & SURCA 

Vanderminden, Jennifer, Julia F. Waity and Caroline Robinson. 2021. "The “Eyes” Are Watching You: Social Control in an Introduction to Sociology Classroom." Humanity & Society 45(1):82-98. doi: 10.1177/0160597619876300 .  


Strategic Initiative: iTall 

Sterrett, W., Rhodes, G., Kubasko, D., Reid-Griffin, A., Robinson, K. K., Hooker, S. D., & Ryder, A. J. (2020). Shaping the supervision narrative: Innovating teaching and leading to improve STEM instruction. Journal of Educational Supervision, 3(3), 59-74.  


Pedagogy Initiative & SURCA 

Julia Waity, Jennifer Vanderminden, and Kristin Robeson. 2020. “‘I think the fact that the author was male instead of female provided for an objective opinion’: Uncovering Implicit Bias in the Classroom” The International Journal of Innovative Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (IJITLHE) 1 (3): 44-60.  



AL Assessment 

DeVita, J. M., & Bullard, L. (2020, February). (Re)Developing effective assessment of applied learning. Presentation at the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) General Education, Assessment, and Pedagogy in Jacksonville, FL. 


Pedagogy Initiative 

DeVita, J. M., & Blakewood Pascale, A.M. (2019, March). Teaching research methods using applied and experiential learning methods. Paper presented at College Student Educators International (ACPA) Annual Conference in Boston, MA. **Selected as a Sponsored Program by the Commission for Professional Preparation. 


AL Assessment 

Boersma, J., DeVita, J. M., Townend, P., Winters, R., Bullard, L., & Fost, E. (2019, February). Enhancing applied learning through critical reflection: Developing prompts that engage students. Paper presented at American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) General Education Assessment Conference in San Francisco, CA.