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Eisen Experiential Learning Grants support shorter-term educational experiences for students that take place outside the classroom but do not offer course credit. These might include visits to museums, scholarly meetings, master classes, workshops, etc. All tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure-track faculty are invited to submit an application. The recipient(s) will receive up to $2,000.

This grant is made possible by support from Judy Eisen. Judy has had a long involvement with UNF. She received her master’s in Counseling Psychology from UNF in 1978 and even worked part time for the University, helping to write and edit the first course catalog. She and her late husband Saul have given generously to UNF for many years and in many ways. In the spring of 2018, Judy’s many contributions to UNF were recognized with an Alumni Service Award.

Applications are reviewed by a committee composed of past winners of COAS faculty grants. This committee makes a recommendation to the Dean. Here is the award selection rubric. When the review process is complete, applicants may request their rubric scores. The review committee does not provide written comments on applications.


Winners of an Eisen grant may not apply for an Eisen grant in the subsequent year. Winners of an Eisen grant must agree to serve on a committee to review COAS grant applications in the subsequent year. (Faculty on leave are excused from this service.) Award recipients must also agree to offer a public lecture on the subject of their projects.

Application Instructions

All questions must be answered completely and in the order indicated below.

  1. Project Overview  
    • Describe the experiential educational experience.
    • How will this experience advance student learning?
    • How many students will benefit from this experience?
    • What makes this experience a unique opportunity for the students?
  2. Project Budget
    • Itemized budget breakdown.
    • List of other funding sources for this project, if any (include requested and committed funds and sources).
  3. Format
    • PDF Format
    • 12 point Times New Roman font
    • 1.5 line spacing with 1" margins on all sides
    • A copy of the current CV, limited to 2 pages
    • Proposals may be no more than 2 pages in length, plus 2 pages for the CV
    • All proposals must be submitted electronically to
    • Deadlines
      • The submission deadline is October 1.
      • If this deadline falls on a holiday, it is extended to the following business day.
      • Awards will be announced by November 1.
        • All funds must be expended before December 15 of the subsequent fall semester. 

Questions? Contact Lev Gasparov

2021–2022 Awardees

  • Andrea Venet, Music: “Perform & Share: UNF Music Student & Faculty Performance Tours.
  • Yolanda Machado-Escudero: Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work: “Student Travel to Legislative Education & Advocacy Day (LEAD).
  • W. Brian Lane, Physics: “Student Travel to Present Physics Education Research Projects.

2020–2021 Awardees

  • Tru Leverette and Laura Heffernan, Department of English, “Viola Muse Collection Digitization and Transcription

2019–2020 Awardees

  • Stephen Heywood, Art, Art History, and Design, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference
  • Sunshine Simmons, Music, UNF Clarinet Choir
  • Chris Kelso and Jack Hewitt, Physics, Hosting a 2020 Dark Matter Masterclass at UNF

2018–2019 Awardees

  • James Curry, Music, Jacksonville Cello Workshop 
  • David Sheffler, History, Red Hill Cemetery
  • Heather Truelove, Elizabeth Brown, and Curtis Phills, Psychology, Social Psychology Conference 

2017–2018 Awardees