UA's Center for Experiential Learning
OUR MISSION: To enable students to emerge as civically engaged, skilled and adaptable leaders, ready to take on real-world challenges.
Summer internship openings
Through the Akron Community Internship Program (ACIP), students spend 100 hours and earn $1,000 working on a specific activity with a clear deliverable. You may be eligible to earn academic credit through the internship, depending on your department. View current openings.
$5,000 fellowship − accepting proposals
The EX[L] Center is accepting applications from full-time UA faculty members for the first annual Matt Lee Faculty Fellowship (MLFF). The MLFF provides $5,000 to support one year of focused professional development that aligns with both EX[L] objectives and the faculty member’s disciplinary work.
Application deadline: Aug. 3 ► View application instructions
Up to $1,000 grant for Community-Engaged Courses − accepting proposals
The EX[L] Center awards grants of up to $1,000 to support faculty members whose courses engage the Greater Akron community-based research or service-learning. View application instructions.
Questions: contact Carolyn Behrman
LFDI − accepting proposals
The EX[L] Center is once again offering funding for Lyons Faculty-Driven Initiatives (LFDI) for the 2018-19 year. All tenured, tenure track (TT) and non-tenure track (NTT) faculty members are invited to apply.
Application deadline: Oct. 1 ► View application instructions
EX[L] Center co-director attends prestigious summit
Dr. Carolyn Behrman was selected to participate in the inaugural DELTA Summit by DCAL and NSEE. Educators and program directors described as "highly imaginative, passionate leaders and big-thinkers in the field of experiential learning" were brought together to explore big questions and challenges in higher education.
UA student drops out, rebounds with EX[L] Center
In this student success story, EbaNee Bond recalls the self-doubt that led her to drop out of UA, and the unexpected call that brought her back. She credits the EX[L] Center for restarting her academic career and opening up a future of endless possibilities.
► The unclass "Unearthing the Paranormal: Ghosts of Akron's Past" let anthropology students research "haunted" history and practice in-the-field interviewing techniques as they explored ghost stories surrounding Akron's Schneider Park and mass graves.
► The Cummings Center's Institute for Human Science and Culture wrote about UA's "Digital Humanities in the Archives" unclass in its blog post, "In an UnClass of its Own." Students learned archiving skills and how to make items accessible to the public and to scholars.
Pitch Competitions award $10K to student startups
Spring 2018 | Erie Open Spec wins #BeTheChange10K social entrepreneurship competition.
Fall 2017 | HungerPerks wins $10K for their startup in EX[L] Pitch Competition.