Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

Dr. Carol McNultyDr. Carol P. Mcnulty

Office of the Dean, Education
EB 309
(910) 962-4142 Phone
(910) 962-4081 Fax

Photo of Tanya CroomTanya Malacinski

EB 111
(910) 962-7357 Phone
(910) 962-4081 Fax

Lead Advisor & Advisor for main campus Elementary Education Majors (last names M-Z)

I advise students seeking an Elementary Education degree. Additionally, I support and train our team to provide academic guidance to all undergraduate majors in the Watson College of Education. We actively use innovative and research based practices to support our future teachers as we foster independence, resourcefulness and leadership. As a main point of contact for the team, I collaborate with leaders and faculty within Watson and across campus to support our programs.

I hold a B.S. in Psychology and an M.S. in Counseling from Indiana University (Bloomington). My background includes leadership positions in education and business. I spent five years in public school counseling including leadership as the president of Milwaukee Counseling Association, and six years in management and sales for retail banking and investment services. I have been advising at UNCW since 2007.

I have a special interest in social justice and diversity, serving on the Centro Hispano Faculty Advisory Board and the Watson Diversity Committee. I sincerely enjoy working with future educators. As Joseph Addison said, "What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul." Aside from work, I enjoy time with family and friends, nature, the ocean, learning and creating.

WCE Scholarship Coordinator; advisor for post-baccalaureate teaching license programs (non-degree undergraduate), Middle Grades majors, and Early Childhood majors. Assists with inquiries related to education courses needed for secondary (grades 9-12) licensure.

Advisor to be announced. Inquiries can be directed to 910-962-7745 and to

Allison RankinAllison Rankin

EB 111
(910) 962-2291 Phone

Advisor for main campus Elementary Education majors (last names D-L), all Pre-special Education majors, Special Education majors in the General Track, and Extension Students at Brunswick Community and Southeastern Community College sites.

I advise Special Education majors and Elementary Education majors at the main campus and several extension campus sites.

I earned an undergraduate degree in art history from UNC Greensboro and a master’s in library science from NC Central University.  I am also an alumna of the Watson College of Education, graduating in December 2013 with a Master of Science in Instructional Technology.  Prior to coming to the Watson College, I served as the director of continuing education for UNCW.  I also have experience working in continuing education at the community college level in addition to working in economic development, sales and marketing (Wilma magazine and Greater Wilmington Business Journal), and university fundraising. 

One of my favorite jobs was serving as editor of both UNCW Magazine and Discovery, the university’s first research magazine. When I’m not working, I can be found in my flower garden or walking the beach looking for shark’s teeth and other marine fossils.

LeAnne SmithLeAnne Smith

EB 111
(910) 962-7348 Phone

Advisor for Main Campus Elementary Education Majors (last names A-C) and Extension students at Coastal Carolina Community College site.

I have been privileged to serve UNCW since 2002 as an academic advisor, instructor, and liaison to community college students.  In my current position, I advise Elementary Education majors on the main campus and at the Onslow Extension site.

I earned a BA in International Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill and worked for the Congressional Research Service in Washington DC for three years.  Inspired by my volunteer service with the Northern Virginia Literacy Council, I decided to pursue additional training in Education.  I returned to NC, earned a M.Ed. in Reading from the Watson College of Education, and worked in NC and NY public schools teaching and developing Reading programs for Middle School.

When I’m not advising students, you can find me spending time with my daughters, reading a good book (I love suggestions), and kayaking on the beautiful waterways of Wilmington and Lake Waccamaw.

Amy Rottmann

Amy Rottmann

EB 111
(910) 962-3087 Phone

Director of Student Engagement and Recruitment

As the Director of Student Engagement and Recruitment, I coordinate events to promote recruitment of students into the Watson College of Education’s teacher education programs as well as lead the Education Living-Learning Community for incoming freshman.  I serve as a liaison with Admissions, the Watson College of Education, Financial Aid, and other related offices to promote student recruitment. Along with these duties, I coordinate the UNCW Teaching Fellows program, lead Teaching Fellows seminars, serve as advisor for the Watson Student Leaders, and instruct in the secondary education department.

I earned both my B.A. in English with a concentration in Secondary Education and my M.Ed. in the Secondary Education Program from UNC-Wilmington. I have served the education profession in numerous ways: a high school English teacher in New Hanover County, an Intern Supervisor at UNCW, the Assistant Director for the UNCW Teaching Fellows Program, an English Adjunct instructor at Mount Olive College, and Director of the UNCW Teaching Fellows.

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