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 Undergraduate Advisor & advisor for main campus Elementary Education majors and pre-majors (last names K-M), Middle Grades majors (all), and certification/licensure only students

I advise a number of our undergraduates seeking their first education degrees, and those holding a degree seeking only Teacher Certification or Teacher Licensure. 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, 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 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 past involvement as part of the Watson Diversity Committee. 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. I hold an active pre-k through grade 12 North Carolina School Counseling License. Additionally, I spent six years in management and sales for retail banking and investment services.

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 appreciate time with family and friends, laughing, music (especially live music), rowing, sailing, the ocean, nature, travel, art, and learning.

Allison RankinAllison Rankin

EB 111
(910) 962-2291 Phone

Advisor for main campus Elementary Education majors and pre-majors (last names D-J), all Special Education – general track and pre-majors, and all Education of Young Children majors

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. 

I love being an advisor! My favorite part is working with students, getting to know their individual strengths and interests, as well as their unique characteristics and career goals, and helping them accomplish what they set out to do.  When I’m not working in the advising center, I can be found in my flower garden, walking the beach looking for shark’s teeth and seashells, riding my bicycle, hiking, writing, reading or cooking.

LeAnne SmithLeAnne Smith

EB 111
(910) 962-7348 Phone

Advisor for Main Campus Elementary Education Majors (last names A-C & N-Z) and support for Secondary (High School) Education majors.

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 primarily advise Elementary Education majors on the main campus, and serve as a support to students in allied programs that offer teacher licensing as part of the undergraduate major.

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 schools.

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.

Brenna JohnsonBrenna Johnson

Jacksonville Extension Site within Coastal Community College

Administration Building Room 26
(910) 355-2311 Phone

Advisor for Extension Students majoring in Elementary Education at Coastal, Brunswick, Southeastern, James Sprunt, Sampson and Carteret Community College sites

I earned a bachelor of arts degree in Social Work from the University of West Florida and a master of arts degree in Counseling Psychology from City University. I most recently provided resiliency training and support services for active duty military and their family members. I am also a licensed school counselor and provided counseling services for Onslow County Schools for five years. Other professional experience includes conducting assessments, developing treatment plans, providing individual and group counseling, as well as case management services for individuals with severe mental illness. I have also received specialized training in crisis management and administering educational tests.

In my free time, I enjoy working at my church. I am a member of the Education Ministry and serve as an Assistant Sunday School Teacher and a New Member’s Orientation Teacher. I also enjoy reading, cooking, and spending time with my husband and two children.  

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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