News Spotlight

New! Use the Combined Internal Applied Learning Funding Application to apply for your next ETEAL, SURCA, Community Engagement, or Cultural Activity Award!

We're excited to announce the new Combined Application process for internal UNCW applied learning grants and funding awards. In partnership with the Office of Community Engagement, Honors, and CSURF, ETEAL is happy to support this new application process which aims to provide faculty and staff with a more convenient and accessible application process for multiple sources of internal funding for applied learning. Simply click the link below to get started - All applications are due March 15th at 5:00pm, and you can apply for as many awards as you'd like so long as your project fits the parameters of each award's call. This new application is also a great way to find out about other sources of funding you may not have applied for in the past, so click the link below and apply for funding for your applied learning experience today!

Large Classes ≠ Passive Learning: Using Applied Learning Techniques to Engage Students in a Very Large Introduction to Sociology Class

12:00pm-1:00pm on Monday, February 12th | Bear Hall 281

Brown bag lunch presentation by Dr. Jenn Vandermindnen and Dr. Jill Waity about their recent ETEAL and SURCA supported work developing and implementing strategies to incorporate applied learning into a large introductory class session. For additional information contact or

New Opportunity for Students: Undergraduate Research Call For Papers

Submissions for the seventh volume of Papers & Publications will be accepted through 28 February 2018.

Papers & Publications is a regional, peer-reviewed journal of undergraduate research. Now in its seventh year, Papers & Publications promotes student learning by disseminating undergraduate research and creative works that make an intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline or to applied practice. This journal is published annually in both digital and print formats by the Center of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (CURCA) at the University of North Georgia with support by the UNG Libraries.

For more information, visit or see the Call for Papers here: Papers & Publications Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Research Call for Papers

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Applied Learning In Action

Paws4People - Changing Lives

Every year, UNCW students in applied learning projects have the opportunity to positively impact our community while gaining valuable skills and experience. The Assistance Dog Training Program, led by Kyria Henry, gives our students the chance to train and work with service dogs that will go on to assist disabled veterans and community members. In Spring 2014, the Assistance Dog Training Program received ETEAL support and each year the program is providing high-impact applied learning experiences for students and changing the lives of our community members.

UNCW Community Engagement and the Wilmington Police Activities League (PAL)

Each year UNCW provides our students with numerous high-impact, applied community engagement projects that allow our students to apply the things they learn in their courses to real problems facing the Wilmington community. These projects often develop into long-standing partnerships between the University and the community, as we see in the Wilmington Police Athletics League.

Laura Spivey, an instructor in UNCW's School of Health and Applied Human Sciences and previous ETEAL-funded instructor, has been working with the Police Activities League to guide UNCW students through this community engagement project. You can learn more about the Police Activities League and their partnership with UNCW in the video below:

UNCW Community Engagement: Police Activities League (PAL) from UNCW Ofc of Univ Relations on Vimeo.