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Funding Opportunity: COVID-19 Response & Adaptation mini-grants

The Offices of Applied Learning, Community Engagement, CTE/CFL, and the Research & Innovation Services Team are supporting the immediate implementation of applied learning projects and project development in the Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 terms. The goal of these grants is to provide additional support and funding to develop new online applied learning experiences or adapt existing applied learning experiences to a remote teaching method. 

All UNCW Faculty and Instructors, including part-time, full-time, and graduate teaching assistant instructors of record, are eligible to receive up to $750.00 through this opportunity. This funding may be used for an instructor stipend or for non-physical supplies such as software licenses or computational hours.

COVID-19 Response & Adaptation Mini-Grant Call

For more information please visit, or check out the competition listing here.



The Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research is still seeking student submissions, Faculty/Staff reviewers, and Faculty/Staff editorial board members!

This refereed, multidisciplinary, online undergraduate journal’s goal is to advance knowledge in new scholarly arenas by presenting intellectual and reflective work by undergraduates. This journal seeks undergraduate contributions to the literature on service learning and community-based research. To submit a paper or learn more about the different submission categories, visit our website. Student submissions are due on January 15th, 2020. Submissions received after that date will be considered for our next issue, with a submission date of August 15th. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Jill Waity, journal editor, at

If you are a faculty or staff member interested in being a reviewer or an editorial board member, please send your CV and your specialty areas within the field of service learning and community-based research to Dr. Jill Waity, journal editor, at If you know of a student who has done quality work in one of your classes or as an independent project, please encourage them to submit!

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Applied Learning and Hurricane Recovery Efforts

The Office of Applied Learning partnered with CTE/CFL in Fall 2018 to fund 45 Applied Learning Recovery Grant projects, designed to provide funding to instructors seeking to use applied learning activities to make up for instructional time lost during Hurricane Florence. You can read all about those stories in this piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education, linked below: 

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.