Department of Educational Leadership is located in the Watson School of Education, Room 386

2008-2009 New Faculty Profiles

Department of Educational Leadership

Susan M. CatapanoDr. Susan M. Catapano will begin her tenure-track associate professor position in the Department of EducationalLeadership. Dr. Catapano most recently held a position at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and begins her work with UNCW as an Associate Professor. Dr. Catapano is a prolific grant writer and has published in over 20 different journals. She has extensive experience in both public and private educational systems and has served as a director of a licensed day care center, partnership coordinator for the Durham system and professor in curriculum and early childhood. Dr. Catapano received her BS degree in business and economics from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, her Masters in Business Administration from Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri and her Ed. D. from Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Susan Catapano will be joining the faculty within the program of (CIS) Curriculum, Instruction and Supervision in the Department of Educational Leadership within the Watson School of Education.
Elizabeth FosterDr. Elizabeth S. Foster comes to UNCW as the Department Chair of Educational Leadership within the Watson School of Education from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. Dr. Foster has extensive experience in professional development as a state and national presenter, keynote and trainer. With over 72 publications, including 6 books, Dr. Foster focuses on administrator preparation, educational mentoring and teacher development as her key areas of research and development. She has served as a classroom teacher, K-12 Supervisor, School Principal, federal grants coordinator, Middle Grades Coordinator, Graduate Mentoring Program Coordinator and is licensed as a superintendent, curriculum specialist, secondary English teacher, K-12 Counselor and Mentor. Dr. Foster also serves on several national commissions, editorial boards and program evaluation system coordinator. Elizabeth received both her Masters and doctoral degrees from North Carolina State University and her BS from the University of Ohio.
Lathardus Goggins IIDr. Lathardus Goggins, II, Assistant Professor, begins his tenure-track position within both the Departments of Educational Leadership in the Watson School of Education and Social Work in the College of Arts and Sciences. Most recently, Dr. Goggins hailed from Arcadia University where he served as the Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs. He received his Ed.D. from the University of Akron in Ohio, his Master’s degree from Kent State University and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Akron. Dr. Goggins completed dissertation was titled “The Academic STARS Retention Model: An Empirical Investigation of its Effectiveness Cognate: Urban Studies.” Dr. Goggins research involves the investigation of academic success of the African American male. Additionally, Dr. Goggins plans to develop the African American Center for Study of the Black Male and successful programs related to this group. A unique course being developed is the Psycho-educational Interactions with Black Males course to be available as a graduate study course.
John A. MurphyDr. John A. Murphy, Superintendent-in-Residence, will begin his tenure-track assistant professor position in the Department of Educational Leadership. Dr. Murphy received his BA from The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, a Masters in Education and Ed.D. from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His professional career includes secondary school teaching, counseling and secondary school administration. Dr. Murphy served as Superintendent of Schools in several school districts, including two in North Carolina. In 1976, he was responsible for merging Raleigh and Wake County School Districts into a single district, and served as superintendent for the merged district until 1981. Dr. Murphy also served as superintendent in the Charlotte Mecklenburg district from 1991-1996. He served as Superintendent of the Prince Georges County, Maryland schools, where he was awarded the prestigious Nation’s Leadership for Learning Award in recognition of his work in improving the performance of minority children. Dr. Murphy has been awarded two honorary doctorates in recognition of his contributions to public education and UNCW’s Razor Walker Award for his contributions to education in North Carolina. Dr. Murphy authored Transforming America’s Schools, An Administrators Call To Action, a textbook for school administrators, and has written numerous articles published in leading educational journals. Following a successful career in public school administration, Dr. Murphy was named president of a major consulting firm in the state of Florida and worked with several state departments of education in that capacity. He received a Presidential appointment to the National Assessment Governing Board and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Center for Education and the Economy.
Kennedy O. OngagaDr. Kennedy O. Ongaga will begin his tenure-track assistant professor position in the Department of Educational Leadership. Dr. Ongaga recently completed his doctoral program at Michigan State University where he completed his dissertation entitled “Head Teachers’ Experiences and Students’ Perceptions in Implementing HIV/AIDS Education Programs in High School in Rural Kisii District, Kenya. Dr. Ongaga completed his BA from Moi University in Kenya and his Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Michigan State University. Dr. Ongaga has served as a teacher and deputy school principal of a secondary school in Kenya. His research interests include the study of HIV/AIDS in rural sites in Kenya and other neighboring countries.
Jayson W. RichardsonDr. Jayson W. Richardson, Assistant Professor, joined the Department of Educational Leadership within the Watson School of Education. Dr. Richardson departed the University of Minnesota to begin his work at UNCW this fall. Dr. Richardson received his Bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from Purdue University, Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana University and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota completing his dissertation titled “Adoption of Technology by Teacher Trainers in Cambodia; A Study of the Diffusion of an ICT Innovation.” Research interests of Dr. Richardson include social foundations of education, multicultural education, globalization and social change in education. As a presenter at national conferences, Jayson merges his research interests in comparative educational systems with technology for administrators. He has also developed and supervised international programs in Samoa, Fiji, Cambodia, Oman, Bahamas, Trinidad, Malawi and Vietnam.

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