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Distinguished Alumni Award

Watson College of Education’s Distinguished Alumni of the Year

Watson College of Education’s 2014 Distinguished Alumni of the Year
Kathleen Lynch-Davis received the Watson College of Education Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award for 2014 at the WCE annual Spring Dinner on April 29, 2014. Kathleen was chosen for this award for her dedication to education, particularly in the mathematics field.

Kathleen received a B.A. in Middle Grades Education with concentrations in Mathematics and Social Studies from UNCW in 1993. She continued her education at UNCW to receive her masters in Middle Grades Education in 1995 where she wrote her dissertation on “Responding to Students’ Writing in Mathematics: Cases of Three Middle School Teachers.” Lynch-Davis then completed her Ph.D. at Indiana University in Curriculum and Instruction/Mathematics Education with a Doctoral Minor in Mathematics.

Lynch-Davis is currently a professor at Appalachian State University where she teaches Mathematics Education in the Department of Curriculum and instruction and serves as the Elementary Education Program Coordinator. She also serves as Co-PI on NCQUEST and on Math Science Partnership grants. Additionally, she has worked as a middle school teacher, contributed to academic journals and presented at multiple conferences.

Kathleen has shown tremendous dedication to the field of education and continues to make valued contributions to Appalachian State, as well as other educational endeavors. 


Chartered in 1996, the Watson College of Education (WCE ) Alumni Chapter has distinguished itself by serving UNCW, the WCE and the UNCW Alumni Association! Through its fundraising efforts, the chapter has established an endowed alumni scholarship, the naming of the student lounge on the ground floor of the WCE , and the awarding of two annual student scholarships. The annual awarding of the Distinguished Alumni Award is a way the chapter recognizes WCE alumni who have distinguished themselves in the workforce and community by their work and service while representing the Watson School of Education’s commitment to excellence. With the unwavering support of the Dean of the WCE , along with the faculty and staff, our chapter has provided valuable programs to student interns and veteran teachers alike.

Honor someone today by nominating them for the 2011 WCE Distinguished Alumni Award!

The one page form is easy to complete by providing a brief description of your nominee’s accomplishments. Re-submission of previously nominated candidates is encouraged. Download the nomination form here >

“It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live”
(Ethel Percy Andrus 1884-1967)

We invite you to nominate alumni who have made significant contributions to education and who have represented the Watson College of Education's commitment to excellence.

Deadline for nominations is March 31, 2014

Please submit your form to:
WCE Distinguished Alumni Award
UNCW Watson College of Education
601 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5991