EDD News and Announcements

September 2017

Dr. Donna DeGennaro is this years recipient of the Distinguished Scholarly Engagement and Public Service award. This is the first time this an Educational Leadership faculty member was given the award and a first for Watson College.

August 2017

Laura Johnson Hercula, Ed. Leadership doctoral candidate, has been awarded Educator of the Year at Coastal Carolina Community College for 2017-2018.

Dr. Jennifer Ann Whittington, Alumni of UNCW's Education Leadership doctoral program, has received the Excellence in Teaching Award from Bladen Community College. Dr. Whittington was also recently hired as the Assistant Professor of Elementary Education and Director of Recruitment and Retention at the University of North Carolina Pembroke.

Shannon Alford, doctoral candidate, recently accepted the position of Assistant Dean of Students for Residence Life and Student Conduct at Salem College. 

Clay Smith, doctoral candidate, will present his paper concerning staff recruitment and retention in North Carolina K-12 schools at this year's American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

Alisha Strickland, Cohort 9 Doctoral Student, recently was hired as a K-3 Remediation Teacher at Cumberland Mills Elementary. Congrats Alisha!

Dr. Robert Tyndall awarded the StarNews Lifetime Achievement Award for his many great contributions to the Wilmington area. 

UNCW Education Leadership Doctorate Alumni Edith Skipper will be principal of the new Southeast Area Technical High school (known as SEA-Tech)

Congratulations to our new Doctors of Education (Spring 2016):

Dr. Karen Baker, Dr. Corinne Edwards, Dr. Crystal Hollenbaugh, Dr. Stephie McCumbee, Dr. Lisa Peele, Dr. Daniel Richardson, Dr. Jaime Russell, Dr. Amatullah Stanback, and Dr. Katrin Wesner

November 2015

Nichole Johnson, a current Ed.D student, presented at the 6th Annual Forward March Training Seminar and Symposium:

Johnson, N.L. (2015, November). Establishing Trauma-Informed Schools in a Military Community. Orally presented at the 6th Annual Forward March Training Seminar and Symposium: Moving Families Forward During Challenging Times, Fayetteville, NC.

October 16, 2015

Dr. Edelmira Segovia (Ed.D Alum), was honored by the White House for her work with Centro Hispano.

October 13, 2015

Dr. Edith Skipper (Ed.D Alum), Pender County Schools Principal of the Year.

October 12, 2015

Dr. Eleanor B. Patrick (Ed.D Alum), Craven County Schools Principal of the Year (2015-2016).

October 2015

Jacob Eubank (is a current Ed.D. student):

Eubank, J. M., & DeVita, J. M. (2015). Undergraduate student engagement in informal recreational swim: An exploratory study. Recreational Sports Journal, 39(2).

August 2015

Shannon Gunter is a third year Ed.D. student working on Curriculum and Instruction. For the 2015-2016 academic year, she was awarded the Jay Robinson Scholarship, a scholarship made possible by the friends of Dr. Robinson, and the Lewis Wiley Alumni Scholarship, funded by the UNCW Alumni Association.

July 1, 2015

Dr. Marc Bergin '15, who completed his Ed.D. in Summer 2015, became the Chief of Staff for the school division for Virginia Beach City Public Schools shortly after completing his doctorate. He was formerly the Deputy Superintendent of Moore County Schools.

June 2015

Dr. Tryphina Robinson (Ed.D Alum) is an Assistant Professor at Shawnee State University.

December 5th, 2013

Dr. Lionel Kato's '11 dissertation was turned into a book chapter and published.

Kato, L., Richardson, J. W., & Imig, S. (2013). Culturally responsive school leaders. In S. Harris and S. Edmonson (Eds.), Critical social justice issues for educators today. (pp. 105-120), Ypisanti, MI: NCPEA

November 19th, 2013

Helen Gross (May '14) is the principal at Carolina Forest International Elementary in Jacksonville, N.C..

Her school is one of twenty-five being recognized in Washington, D.C. as a P21 21st Century Exemplar School.

May 23rd, 2013

Dr. Edelmira Segovia '12 named Interim Associate Provost for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. In 2015, Edelmira returned to her position as Director of Centro Hispano at UNC Wilmington.

May 6th, 2013

Dr. Leslie Ann Newman '11 wins 2013 Dr. Ted Sizer Middle and High School Principal Dissertation Award

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NASSP - North Carolina Assistant Principal Wins Research Award
Leslie Ann Newman honored for dissertation on turnaround schools in rural North Carolina