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Several research networks have been established to foster interdisciplinary research and scholarly activities at UNCG. Composed of faculty members and researchers from the UNCG community whose scholarship and teaching reflect a core theme, these networks capitalize on and leverage UNCG’s strengths by coordinating and facilitating collaborations and enhancing research, scholarship and teaching.


Building on the success of the 2004 Atlantic World Conference and its many ongoing Atlantic World initiatives at UNCG, the Atlantic World Research Network provides leadership in circumatlantic studies not only at UNCG and around our region, but around the Atlantic Rim and beyond. This interdisciplinary network embraces and fosters Atlantic World research, teaching, and creative work across campus—in the Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Social Sciences, and across the Academic Units: in the Schools of Business; Education; Health and Human Sciences; Music, Theatre, and Dance; and Nursing, in the College of Arts and Sciences, in University Libraries; and in the Lloyd International Honors College. From sponsored speakers, lunchtime colloquia, and curricular development to graduate student research awards, publications, grant-writing, readings and exhibitions, and international conferences both here and abroad, this new Network brings the Atlantic World home to UNCG, and UNCG around the world.


The Child and Family Research Network (CFRN) is a group of faculty members and researchers from the UNCG community whose scholarship and teaching reflects a core concern for the welfare of children and families. The goal of the Network is to facilitate collaboration among these faculty and other individuals interested in children and families, and to enhance scholarship, teaching, and service within the local, regional, national and international community. The Network provides support for scholarship, teaching, and service through workshops, funding opportunities, scholarly gatherings, and e-resources designed to bring faculty together to enhance their work.


The Coalition for Diverse Language Communities (CDLC) promotes innovative, relevant, and collaborative work in the areas of community-engaged research, outreach and advocacy, policy work, and professional development. Specifically, the CDLC aims to design and implement research agendas responsive to identified diverse language community needs that result in developing a coherent and comprehensive research agenda to address the educational and socio-cultural wellbeing of DLC individuals and groups; establishing and strengthening partnerships among diverse language community stakeholders (e. g., schools, community organizations, universities, state policy makers); building capacity for international collaboration that capitalizes on technological advances; promoting policy changes at the local, state, national, and international levels to accommodate DLCs; and advocating and engaging in outreach activities to leverage positive change for DLCs through professional development and community engagement programs for DLC stakeholders.


The UNCG Gerontology Research Network is a cooperative group consisting of UNCG faculty, research staff, and students, formed in 2007 to facilitate and support transdisciplinary aging-related research. The goals of the network are to 1) facilitate transdisciplinary research working groups; 2) seek funding for future endeavors of the UNCG Gerontology Research Network; 3) provide a web presence and other communication, connecting and informing this network; 4) bring national expertise on interdisciplinary research and training in the field of aging to the UNCG campus; and 5) sponsor an annual research symposium featuring UNCG faculty and students investigating the field of aging.


HRRN is committed to fostering an interdisciplinary scholarly community for faculty, as well as graduate and undergraduate students, who do human rights-based research, writing, and/or teaching. With the support of various academic departments and residential colleges, HRRN organizes UNCG’s International Human Rights Film Series each fall. The free series is open to the entire UNCG and broader Greensboro community, features discussions immediately following each film, and often includes panels and workshops on central themes. HRRN also partners with other departments and organizations on campus to highlight human rights-related speakers, films, and events and to encourage the development of human rights-based courses.


The Innovations in Interpersonal Violence Prevention Research Group at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is an interdisciplinary team of UNCG faculty members. Members represent a diverse group of professional disciplines, including psychology, public health, counseling, kinesiology, communication studies, conflict and peace studies, and information sciences. The group unites around a shared goal of applying innovative, interdisciplinary research approaches to understanding and preventing interpersonal violence. Within that goal, our two main areas of emphasis are technology and community engagement.


The RISE Network is a coalition of educators and researchers involved in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. The network provides access to STEM funding and research opportunities, promotes working partnerships, offers a monthly lunch series, and sponsors special events such as workshops and guest speakers. Network members include UNCG faculty and researchers, community educators, and grant specialists.