Taking Giant Steps:

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro Strategic Plan

Faculty Seed Grants

Teaching Innovations

In the fall of 2016, the Office of the Provost solicited proposals for course design or redesign using innovative methods tied to one or more of the thematic areas of focus. A total of 12 faculty received awards.

  • Sarah Wheeler, Department of Specialized Education Services

    SES300-level: Disability in Global Contexts

  • Deborah Taub, Department of Specialized Education Services

    SES 100-level: Madness, Freaks, and Others: History of Disability

  • Tonya Rutherford-Hemming, School of Nursing

    NUR 420: Community Health and Nursing

  • Jeanie Reynolds, Department of English

    Summer Institute for Writing

  • Hemali Rathnayake, Department of Nanoscience

    NAN 705: Macromolecular and Supramolecular Chemistry

  • Elizabeth Perrill, Department of Art

    ARH 370: African Art, Digital and Experiential Redesign

  • Heather Helms, Department of Human Development and Family Studies

    HDF 212: Families and Close Relationships

  • Michael Frierson, Department of Media Studies

    MST 485: Client Based Production

  • Benjamin Filene, Department of History

    HIS 317: Creating a Public Past: History beyond the University

  • Mark Elliot, Department of History

    HIS 210: Human Rights in Modern World History

  • Barbara Campbell Thomas, School of Art

    VPA 533: Mindfulness for Artists

  • Jeannette Alarcon, School of Education

    TED 646: Introduction to Equity Education

Research and Creative Activity

In the fall of 2016, proposals were solicited for seed grants to fund collaborative research and creativity activity tied to the thematic areas of focus in the UNCG strategic plan. After a review process that included both peers, community members, and campus leadership, the following faculty received awards for projects that will be completed in the fall of 2018.


  • Gabriela Stein, Psychology; Laura Gonzalez, Counseling and Educational Development; Andy Supple, Human Development and Family Studies; & Stephanie Coard, Human Development and Family Studies

    Promoting Dialogues: Racial/Ethnic Socialization in Racially/Ethnically Diverse and Immigrant Families

  • Randy Schmitz, Kinesiology; Robin Wilkins, ORED; Louisa Raisbeck, Kinesiology; Chris Rhea, Kinesiology

    Neural Correlates of Effective Motor Transference Following an Attentionally Focused Neuromuscular Intervention

  • Sherri McFarland, Chemistry and Biochemistry; Jianjun Wei, Nanoscience; Liam Duffy, Chemistry; & Colin Cameron, Chemistry

    Using Nanophotomedicine to Fight Cancer

  • Prashanti Manda, Computer Science & Xiaoli Geo, Mathematics

    Robust Integrative Data Analysis for Ontology-Powered Big Biological Data

  • David Gwynn, University Libraries; Lisa Tolbert, History; & Nora Bird, Library and Information Studies

    North Carolina Runaway Slave Project

  • Allan Goldfarb, Kinesiology; Blair Wisco, Psychology; & Joseph Starobin,Nanoscience

    Identifying Electrophysiological and Blood Markers

  • Allison Bramwell, Political Science; Al Link, Economics; Daniel Herr, Nanoscience; & Jim Ryan, Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering

    Creating Nano Opportunity

Community Engaged Research

  • Sandy Shultz, Kinesiology; Emily Janke, Peace and Conflict Studies; Lauren Haldeman, Nutrition; & Marianne LeGreco, Communication Studies

    Lifetime Eating and Physical Activity Practices (LEAP)Forward: Common Goals and Common Measures

  • Christine Murray, Counseling and Educational Development; Rick Bunch, Geography; & Xiaoli Gao, Mathematics

    Identifying High-Risk and Underserved Neighborhoods for Interpersonal Violence and Abuse in Greensboro Using GIS and Big Data Analysis

  • Duane Cyrus, Dance; Cerise Glenn, Communication Studies; & Erin Lawrimore, University Libraries

    Comanche: Hero Complexities