Adapted from the September 25, 2017 UNCGNow article:

UNCG has received a 5-year, $1.15 million grant award from the U.S. Department of Education to support first-generation and underrepresented students in undergraduate research and graduate school preparation. UNCG is one of five universities in North Carolina to be selected for the program, and one of 161 institutions selected from across the country. Read more…

UNCG has partnered with eleven rural districts and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) to train 20 educators to serve as school leaders in high-needs, rural schools. The program, Principal Preparation for Excellence and Equity in Rural Schools (PPEERS) is funded by a $1.8 million grant from the North Carolina Alliance for School Leader Development. Read more…

UNCG STEM/Health Science Faculty,

Recent AISL and SEPA announcements from NSA and NIH include limits on the number of proposals per institution.

To apply for the upcoming SEPA or AISL deadlines, you need to indicate your intent to apply by Wednesday, September 26th, at 5pm. To do so, send an email to Dr. Aubrey Turner, Proposal Development Officer, at In that email, please indicate the PI name and department, and the state that you intend to apply to the SEPA or AISL program.

Depending on the number of groups that indicate an intent to apply, an internal competition may be held, in which a short preliminary proposal will need to be submitted for internal review.

Please share this notice within NIH and NSF-relevant departments as appropriate.

NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (R25)

Internal deadline to declare interest: September 26, 2017, at 5pm
NIH due date: November 20, 2017

Limit: One proposal per institution

Purpose: encourages the development of innovative educational activities for pre-kindergarten to grade 12 (P-12), pre-service and in-service teachers (Teachers) and students from underserved communities with a focus on Courses for Skills Development, Research Experiences, Mentoring Activities, Curriculum or Methods Development and Outreach.

Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)

Internal deadline to declare interest: September 26, 2017, at 5pm
NSF due date: November 6, 2017

Limit: Three proposals per institution

Purpose: seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments.


Among the biggest hurdles facing our nation’s Latino immigrant families are the language barriers that exist, creating gaps in understanding how U.S. schools work and how best to participate in the education of their children.

Thanks to the partnership of hundreds of faculty, staff, students, and community volunteers, UNCG is working to bridge that gap. Dr. Laura Gonzalez, Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education, began collaborating with other UNCG faculty members as early as 2009 to develop a better understanding of the experiences Latino students in high school and at home. She talked with over 100 students individually and conducted focus groups with nearly 20 parents. Read more…

To recognize outstanding teaching and demonstrate our commitment to teaching excellence, the University presents three awards to UNCG faculty members every year; the UNC system also presents an award for teaching excellence to a UNCG faculty member each year.

Please submit nominations for the 2017-2018 Alumni Teaching Excellence Awards. All submissions take place in Fall 2017, and award recipients will be notified in Spring 2018.  Read more…

There is a shortage of doctoral-level nursing faculty prepared to teach the nurses and nurse researchers of tomorrow. In the western areas of North Carolina, there are no Ph.D. in nursing education programs offered.

However, thanks to a partnership between UNCG’s School of Nursing, Western Carolina University, and Mission Health, a group of nurses in the Asheville area, who might not otherwise have had such an opportunity, are now working to complete a Ph.D. in nursing, via remote education. Read more…