Watson Chronicle


Congratulation to 2015 Graduates

Faculty, staff and students celebrated graduation at a reception at the Watson College of Education before official commencement ceremonies in Trask Coliseum May 8. Earlier in the week, an event was held to honor doctoral graduates Caroline Courter, Laura Jennings, Mark Phelps, Tryphina Robinson and Stephanie Smith.More

Watson College News

UNCW Names Van O. Dempsey III Dean of the Watson College, New Faculty Announced

Van O. Dempsey III, Ph.D., was named the next dean of the Watson College of Education on May 13. Currently the Vice President for Institutional Assessment and Effectiveness at Fairmont State University in Fairmont, WV, Dempsey will assume his new role on July 1, 2015. He will succeed Dean Kenneth Teitelbaum, who will be a professor at the college, after serving as dean from 2011 to 2015. Earlier in the month, Teitelbaum announced new faculty who will join the college in fall 2015. They are: Susan Faircloth, professor and chair of WCE’s Educational Leadership Department; Daisyane (Daisy) Barreto, assistant professor in the MIT program; and Donna DeGennaro, assistant professor in WCE’s C&I program. More

Watson College Honors Four Razor Walker Award Recipients

The Watson College of Education hosted the 23rd annual Razor Walker Awards April 27 to celebrate individuals and organizations committed to improving the lives of young people across the state. This year’s honorees are Yevonne S. Brannon, N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper, Jana Jones Halls and Frankie A. Roberts.More

STEM Leaders Attend Two-day Roundtable Seminar at UNCW

STEM leaders representing area school districts, community colleges and the business and broader community joined UNCW faculty for a two-day roundtable discussion on the design and development of a new integrated STEM teacher preparation program in May. The innovative career pathway for secondary education teachers will be offered as an undergraduate degree and certificate program in fall 2017 through a joint initiative of the Watson College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences. More

WCE Hosts Faculty Research Showcase; Faculty Present at AERA

The Watson College held a Faculty Research Showcase in the atrium of the education building on April 27. Also in April, Dean Teitelbaum and 16 faculty members attended the American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting in Chicago where they participated in paper presentations, panels and roundtable discussions.More

Rosenwald School Legacy Conference Held at the Watson College

The 2015 African Americans and Education: The Rosenwald School Legacy Conference was held at the Watson College on April 10. The conference, designed to inspire dialogue about the history of education for African Americans, was sponsored by UNCW’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Upperman African American Cultural Center, the Department of History and the Watson College. More

Susan Catapano Receives Fulbright Scholarship

Susan Catapano has received a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship for teaching and research in Belize. During the spring of 2016 she will work at the University of Belize focusing on early childhood development, a priority of the Belize Ministry of Education.More

New EYC Master’s Program Attracts Enrollment from Across the State

The Watson College of Education introduced an online program in leadership, policy and advocacy in early childhood in fall 2014. Eighty-six professionals from across the state enrolled in the two-year master’s program during the fall and spring semesters, and an additional 40 individuals have enrolled for summer or fall 2015.More

WCE Launches Ad Campaign, New Webpage

The Watson College launched a digital advertising campaign on WECT in April to promote the college and the teaching profession. A second campaign featuring graduate programs began in May. Both promotions feature student testimonials and introduce a new promotional webpage.More

Watson College Recognitions

Brad Walker was selected by the UNCW student body to be the keynote speaker for 2015 convocation, and Denise Ousley-Exum won the 2015 Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award. These and other faculty and staff recognitions are found here.More

New for Fall 2015! Online MAT in Secondary Education - Science and Mathematics

The Watson College will introduce a distance-learning program in fall 2015 to meet growing demand for high school mathematics and science teachers. The two-year Master of Arts in Teaching will be offered entirely online except for the final internship semester. The program is designed for working professionals, career changers and recent graduates who hold a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, science or a related field such as engineering. Applications will be accepted through August 2 for the fall semester.More

WCE Alumni Honored as NHCS Educators of the Year

Watson College graduates Katie Snyder, Jerry Oates and Laura Graham were recently honored as Educators of the Year in New Hanover County. Snyder ’08, ‘12M is NHCS Teacher of the Year, Oates ’95, ‘03M is Principal of the Year and Graham ’10M is the NHCS 2015-16 Elementary School Teacher of the Year. In all, 23 Watson College graduates were among the teachers and principals honored at the district’s Educator of the Year banquet on June 9. Please join us in congratulating our alumni and all of the educators recognized for their outstanding work in New Hanover County!More

Upcoming Events

PDS Agreement Signing Ceremony – June 4

The Watson College of Education will celebrate the renewal of Professional Development System (PDS) partnerships with representatives from 12 partnership school districts and two charter schools on June 4.More

Education Updates and Features

Dean Teitelbaum Featured in Interview on UW-Madison SoE TV

Watson College Dean Kenneth Teitelbaum received the prestigious 2014-15 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education. He recently reflected on his career, rewards found in the teaching profession and trends in education in an interview with UW-Madison associate dean Dawn Crim. The interview appeared on UW-Madison’s SoE TV in May.More

2014 Alumni Survey Results Posted; 2015 Survey Underway

Since 2013, the Watson College has conducted an annual alumni survey as part of the continuous improvement work of the college. Results of the 2014 survey are available on the Assessment Office webpage. The 2015 survey will be conducted in May and June. More

Online Learning is Topic of Scholarship Brown Bag Event, Recent Publication

Somer Lewis and Amy Garrett Dikkers shared research titled “Online and Blended Learning for At-Risk Youth” at a Scholarship Series Brown Bag event at the college in April. During the presentation they discussed New Hanover County’s transition to online summer coursework, a move that may provide a model for credit recovery programs in other school districts in the state and nation.More

Student Opportunities & Student News

Higher Ed Students Attend Conferences, Showcase Research

Thirteen graduate students enrolled in the higher education program at the Watson College joined assistant professor Andrew Ryder at the NASPA conference in New Orleans where Ryder was a presenter. Two students and a recent graduate joined assistant professor James DeVita at the ACPA conference in Tampa where DeVita was a presenter. Both conferences were held in March. Students showcased their own work at an event at the college on May 6.More

Pre-Service Teachers Volunteer at Family Science Day

Twenty-eight students enrolled in Watson College undergraduate programs joined math faculty and more than 20 community partners, including UNCW’s CESTEM and MarineQuest, for a day of science exploration and discovery at the NC Aquarium in Fort Fisher on April 19. The event, part of the NC Science Festival, attracted more than 1,500 participants.More

Sole Sisters Founded by WSL Michaela Moran Helps Children Around the World

Watson Student Leader Michaela Moran and her sister Ariana started the non-profit Sole Sisters in 2013. The organization collects sneakers for donation to people in need around the world. This summer the sisters will personally deliver sneakers to children living in an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico, a trip made possible by Sole Sisters’ affiliation with the Corazon de Vida Foundation and a Keds Career Grant.More

Students Showcase Documentaries at WCE

Twenty-six students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs at the Watson College participated in the UNCW International Field Experience to Belize during the spring semester. The students created documentaries that they shared with faculty, family and friends at a red carpet event at the Watson College May 7.More

Support for Educators in the Field

WCE Shows Appreciation for Teachers with Thank You Video, StarNews Ad

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, the PDS Office worked with faculty, staff and students to create a video thanking more than 2,000 partnership teachers. The college also placed a full-page ad in the StarNews expressing thanks to all teachers in southeastern North Carolina for their commitment, hard work and dedication to children and families.More

WCE Hosts Spring Partnership Teacher Celebration

The Professional Development System Office held a dinner to celebrate the dedication of spring 2015 partnership teachers on April 19. The event was attended by 160 partnership teachers and WCE student interns. More

AIG Technology Conference Draws 150 Area Teachers

150 area teachers attended a sold-out conference titled “UNCW AIG REBOOT: Utilizing Technology to Support Advanced Learning” at the Watson College on April 17. Nationally acclaimed AIG speakers Ian Byrd and Brian Housand were featured speakers at the event, which was designed to provide teachers with practical ideas, tools and resources to engage gifted students in the classroom. More

Mentoring Expert Delivers Keynote at Conference at the Watson College

Robert Garvey, one of Europe’s leading academic practitioners of mentoring and coaching, delivered the keynote address, participated in a panel discussion and led reflection and planning sessions at a conference titled “Building Leaders: Using Mentoring, Coaching and Self-Mentoring to Lead.” More than 50 school and university leaders attended the conference, held at the Watson College on April 11.More

UNCW Hosts Event to Raise Awareness of Student Abductions in Mexico

In September 2014, 43 male students were abducted in Mexico and are now presumed dead. The incident shook the nation and sparked an outcry from educators and human rights activists around the globe. The Watson College of Education, in partnership with Centro Hispano, the Department of Sociology and Criminology, the College of Health and Human Services and the Office of International Programs, held a panel discussion to explore issues surrounding this event on April 20.More

Programs for P-12 Students

MarineQuest and Engineering Camps begin June 14

UNCW’s MarineQuest is now in its 35th year, and Engineering Expectations programs have been offered since 2010. Youth Programs is pleased to offer several new camps for young children this summer. Summer camps begin June 14 and registration is underway.More

Pen Pal Project Links Watson Students and College Park Fifth Graders

This spring, WCE faculty member Georgie Bramley partnered with College Park Elementary School fifth grade teacher Allison Munford ’08, M’14 on a literature circle/pen pal project. Students enrolled in Bramley’s EDN 348 class and Munford’s fifth grade class read the book Wonder and corresponded about it throughout the semester. Upon completion, the pen pals met for a group book discussion and celebration at the school.More

Poetry Slam Celebrates End of 10-Week Poetry Collaboration at Williston

Twenty-one students in Candace Thompson’s EDN 200 class paired up with 32 Williston Middle School sixth graders for a 10-week program designed to read, write and perform poetry during the spring semester. On April 16, the student poets shared their work at a Poetry Slam performance attended by Williston’s principal and the students’ middle school peers. More

WCE Hosts 50 Students from Laney and North Brunswick High Schools

Students enrolled in the secondary education program at the Watson College tutored students at four area high schools this spring. On April 27, participating students from Laney and North Brunswick High Schools spent a day at UNCW. The event was coordinated by Robert Smith, Angie Reid-Griffin and Amy Rottmann.More

WCE Students Reenact Wilmington History for Craven Early College Sophomores

WCE professor Janna Robertson and six students enrolled in the secondary education program organized a live history lesson for students from Craven Early High School on April 17. Serving as actors in the “Wilmington Insurrection Murder Mystery” in downtown Wilmington, the pre-service teachers helped students deepen their understanding of events that occurred in the city in 1898.More

Junior Science & Humanities Symposium Held at WCE

Nearly 150 students, parents and chaperones from across the state took a cruise on the Henrietta III on March 22, and participated in the North Carolina Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (JSHS) at the Watson College on March 23. JSHS is sponsored by the research arm of the Department of Defense. The event was coordinated by UNCW’s Center for Education in STEM (CESTEM) in partnership with the Center for STEM Education at UNC Charlotte.More

Our College Community

EEMLS Holds Focus on Teaching Retreat

The Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Grades, Literacy and Special Education (EEMLS) held an end-of-year retreat, “Our Day IN, ON and FOR Teaching,” on April 30. The event featured a series of workshops developed by department chair Kathy Fox and nine faculty members who attended the ASCD conference in March. The purpose was to share knowledge gained at the conference with other faculty members.More

Alumni Hold Annual Spring Dinner at WCE

The Watson College of Education alumni chapter hosted their annual spring dinner in April. Chris Furr received a distinguished alumni award, four student scholarship awards were announced, and two alumni, both Teachers of the Year, were featured speakers at the event.More

Faculty and Staff Celebrate Life Milestones

Faculty and staff gathered in the Ed Lab to honor Cathy Heglar and celebrate her service to the Watson College on April 27. In May, faculty and staff attended a baby shower for Stephanie Glowa, who is expecting her first child in June.More