Carrie Clements, director of the UNCW Center for Teaching Excellence and professor of psychology, has been involved with ETEAL: Experiencing Transformative Education through Applied Learning, since its inception, participating in the pilot advisory board. She was also part of a team that proposed developing the Applied Learning Teaching Community (ALTC).
“Working with that team the past three years and watching that community grow has been a source of incredible personal satisfaction for me,” she says. ETEAL “represents faculty and staff at their best, continually working toward improving the educational experience here, often on their own time and with great personal sacrifice. It is humbling to see the dedication, and I am proud to be able to contribute to it.”
Currently an ALTC associate, she discusses ETEAL, its importance and more:
Why is ETEAL important to students?
“ETEAL will expand the quantity and the quality of applied learning throughout students' careers at UNCW. Students will be afforded far more opportunities to apply classroom knowledge to address important issues in places ranging from Wilmington nonprofits to international placements. This will enable them to apply their learning to 'real world' problems, which results in much deeper learning, and potentially serves as career launching pads.”
How can faculty and staff help ETEAL succeed?
“Come to ETEAL events to learn more about applied learning and how to use it most effectively in their work. I would particularly encourage all staff and faculty to come to the ALTC community events, which allow for exciting conversations and collaborations in teaching and in scholarship. The more we learn from each other, the richer our skills in applying this type of pedagogy will be. The aim of ETEAL is to create a campus-wide community engaged in growing applied learning. Every single person working at UNCW is an essential part of that community, and every single one of us has important contributions to make.”
What makes UNCW's program unique?
“Community - that one word. Our absolute effort to grow a dedicated community involving faculty, staff and students who resource each other with ideas, problem-solving and support. My hope is that that community will be transformative and will sustain ETEAL for many years after we have fulfilled our SACS requirements.”
What lies ahead for CTE, ETEAL and Carrie Clements?
“Hard work, on which I thrive. I believe in this effort, and I believe that people participating in ETEAL activities, whether through submitting funding proposals, attending ALTC events or participating in the Summer Institute, will find their work with students enhanced in ways that will be positive for all. It will be a source of continuous renewal and collaboration with colleagues all over campus. I am pleased to be part of this group effort and will support it through CTE and my own classroom practice in any way I can.”
Clements earned her undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University. In addition to directing the CTE, she teaches a psychopathology course. She is the past recipient of the UNCW Distinguished Faculty Scholar and J. Marshall Crews awards. She is also a member of the UNCW Million Dollar Club.