Faculty & Staff

Dr. Marsha Carr
carrm@uncw.edu 910-962-2913
Administrative Associate
Kerri Fowler
fowlerk@uncw.edu 910-962-3040


Emerti Faculty


Graduate Assistants

Educational Leadership Faculty

Dr. Marsha Carr

D.M., University of Phoenix
Chair, Educational Leadership  
Ed.D. in Leadership in Educational Administration Program Coordinator

Dr. Marsha L. Carr, an award-winning educator, is a former superintendent , director of curriculum, principal and reading specialist. In 1993, Carr designed a 20-book emergent level reading series named StoryMakers, which became an international success and was published in two languages. She was bestowed Teacher of the Year Award while in Maryland and was recognized by the Maryland House of Delegates as well as received the Maryland Governor's Citation for her work in and out of the classroom. In 1994, Carr was honored with the Milken National Educator Award, the most coveted educator award, and joined a prestigious family of outstanding educators around the nation as well as serves as a Fulbright Specialist. At UNCW, Carr was awarded the 2015 Start-Up Award in faculty entrepreneurship for her work in self-mentoring, a concept she developed and owns a registered trademark, and was honored by North Carolina as the 2016 Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year in professional development (self-mentoring). She is the author of Self-Mentoring: The Invisible Leader (also available in Spanish), Self-Mentoring: The Invisible Leader ManualEducational Leadership: From Hostile Takeover to a Sustainable Successful System and a co-author of The School Improvement Planning Handbook Focusing on Transition to Turnaround.

Carr's areas of research include Organizational Management, School Culture, Coaching, Mentoring, and Self-Mentoring that includes teacher/administrator leadership and self-efficacy in leadership.

She earned a B.A. in Art and M.A. in Reading from West Virginia University (WV), M.A. in Administration from Frostburg State University (MD) and a business doctorate in Management from the University of Phoenix; Phoenix, Arizona. 

Dr. Donna DeGennaro

Ph.D., University of PennsylvaniaDr. DeGennaro
Assistant Professor
Ed.D. in Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction Program Coordinator

Donna obtained her PhD in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Her passion for creating socially just learning designs that are technology-mediated and youth-driven fueled her work with youth in informal learning environments in the US and abroad for the past 10 years. During this time, she developed an innovative pedagogical model that simultaneously addresses the digital divide, culturally responsive learning, and social justice education. After being perpetually inspired by the ways that the pedagogical model not only unleashes youth voice & agency, but also opens spaces for young people to envision and create their own futures she was motivated to start Unlocking Silent Histories, a non-profit that sparks the potential of indigenous youth to critically analyze how they are represented in the media and creatively express their worlds through documentary film making.

James DeVitaDr. James DeVita

Ph.D., University of Tennessee Knoxville
Assistant Professor

M.Ed. in Higher Education Program Coordinator

Dr. James M. DeVita is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education, a newly developed graduate program in the Department of Educational Leadership in the Watson College of Education. He earned both his doctorate in Higher Education Administration and M.S. in College Student Personnel from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where his dissertation included three research projects on the experiences and development of gay male college students. His research is focused on examining the educational experiences of marginalized and targeted populations in higher education, particularly related to issues of identity development, as well as issues of access and success during college and the transition from secondary to post-secondary institutions. Current research projects include a mixed methods study on the educational experiences of LGBTQ identified youth, and a qualitative project that examines ally identities.

Dr. DeVita currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Student Affairs and Research and Practice (JSARP). He has presented at numerous national and international conferences, including the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). He has also published several book chapters and research articles in journals such as the Journal of African American Studies and NASAP Journal

Dr. Amy Garrett Dikkers

Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Associate Professor

M.Ed. in Curriculum, Instruction and Supervision Program Coordinator

Dr. Amy Garrett Dikkers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at UNCW and teaches in all graduate programs in the department. She earned a Ph.D. in Comparative and International Development Education at the University of Minnesota in 2006, a M.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Wake Forest University in 1996, and a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1995. Before her doctoral study, she taught secondary school English domestically and abroad. The focus of her doctoral study was international development education, specifically the education of children in difficult circumstances, such as street children, ethnic minority children, refugee and immigrant children, and other groups often not served effectively in formal school settings around the world.

She has taught face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in educational reform, school technology leadership and vision, comparative education, human rights education, research design, and the foundations of education. Her professional interests include the preparation of educational leaders and the use of technology-enhanced and online learning in higher education. Her current research centers on reflective practice, maximizing online learning, incorporating community professionals into courses through technology, and the use of video to provide authentic voice in the classroom.


Dr. Steven Hooker

Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
Assistant Professor

Dr. Steven D. Hooker is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He earned a B.A. in Communication Arts from Ball State University, and M.A. in Educational Studies from the College of Mount St. Joseph and his doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Cincinnati in 2010. Before transitioning into higher education, Dr. Hooker was a middle school communications/public speaking teacher, a high school language arts teacher, and a K-8 elementary school principal in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition, he worked for the Indiana Department of Education as a Curriculum and Staff Development Specialist for seven county school systems in southeastern Indiana.

Dr. Hooker is co-author of Creating Digital Safe Spaces for Gender Expression and Sexual Diversity in O. Oliver & D. Polly, Teacher Education for Ethical Professional Practice in the 21st Century, He has also published, Consultation in Bullying Prevention: An Elementary School Case Study. Dr. Hooker has presented his research at various international and regional conferences.

Dr. Hooker’s research areas include social justice issues in K-12 schools, educational policy, school culture/climate, LTBTQ issues in education and society.

Kevin McClureDr. Kevin R. McClure

Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park
Assistant Professor
Ed.D. in Leadership in Higher Education Program Coordinator

Dr. Kevin R. McClure is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership in the Watson College of Education. He also coordinates the higher education specialization of the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. Dr. McClure earned both his M.A. and Ph.D. in International Education Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. He earned his B.A. in History and Spanish from the University of Richmond. Prior to joining the department, Dr. McClure held various professional positions in academic affairs and international programs at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is active and in several professional organizations, including the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), and American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Dr. McClure is an expert in higher education finance, administration, and management. His research can be found in print or forthcoming in the Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Journal of Student Affairs Research and PracticeJournal of Student Financial Aid, Journal of Higher Education Policy & Management, Philanthropy & Education, Innovative Higher Education, Policy Futures in Education, Academe, International Journal of Educational Development, and Compare: A Journal of International and Comparative Education. A regular blogger, he has authored opinion and advice pieces for popular outlets like The Chronicle of Higher Education. Recent research projects include a study of patterns in giving by philanthropic foundations to higher education institutions, which won the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education’s 2016 John Grenzebach Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy for Educational Advancement. He is also principal investigator for a grant-funded study examining the role of public comprehensive universities in college access and affordability.

Dr. Symphony Oxendine

Ph.D., UNC Greensboro
Assistant Professor

Symphony Oxendine, Cherokee/Choctaw, is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership. Symphony worked in Student Affairs for 6 years before pursuing her doctorate. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a concentration in Higher Education and a doctoral minor in Educational Research Methodology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she also received her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration. She received her B.A. from Oklahoma State University in Applied Sociology.

Her research interests include critical awareness of the social and institutional issues that affect the educational performance and institutional support of American Indians and other underrepresented groups, graduate preparation programs, cultural identity development, Historically Native American Fraternities and Sororities, student involvement and its impact on retention, leadership development, policy, and political processes within post-secondary education institutions. Her concentration on these research areas will help shape the direction and development of higher education professionals by assisting in the understanding of various institutional, psychosocial, and political processes as a means to support development for underrepresented students.

Dr. Michele Parker  Michele Parker

Ph.D., University of Virginia
Associate Professor

Dr. Michele A. Parker is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Her doctorate is in Research, Statistics, and Evaluation from the University of Virginia. She teaches an instructional technology course for prospective teachers and research courses for graduate students. Her research interests include the use of technology in K-12 and higher education as well as methodological issues in conducting research.

Dr. Parker has experience with several large-scale research projects. Currently, she is the Lead Analyst for two HillRAP evaluation contracts in Carteret County and Brunswick County Schools in North Carolina. Also, she is collaborating with staff from Jefferson County Public Schools in Kentucky to examine how neural network analysis can be applied to educational settings and how sampling stratification can be used to increase parent survey response rates.

Dr. Kerry Robinson

Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University 
Assistant Professor

Dr. Kerry Robinson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership in the Watson College of Education. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University, her administrative licensure from Virginia State University, her M. A. in special education from Kean University, and a B.A. in English literature from Michigan State University. Prior to her appointment at UNCW, Dr. Robinson was an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee. Previously, she worked in K-12 schools for 17 years in New Jersey and Virginia as a teacher, building level administrator, and district-level administrator. Dr. Robinson’s primary areas of research include women in leadership, the superintendency and leadership preparation. A current research project is exploring the topic of stress and health in the superintendency. Dr. Robinson is also very active with a number of special interest groups (SIGs) for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) including Leadership for Social Justice, Stress, Coping & Resilience, and Research on Superintendency for which she is the current chair-elect.

Dr. Andrew Ryder

Ph.D., Iowa State University
Assistant Professor

Andrew J. Ryder is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Andy earned both his Ph.D. and Master of Science degrees in higher education from Iowa State University and has 12 years of professional experience in student and academic affairs. Andy's research and scholarly interests include the role of higher education in a democratic society, the history and practice of student affairs, and community college completion. Andy is part of the Personal and Social Responsibility research team based at Iowa State and former project director for the Personal and Social Responsibility Inventory. He teaches courses related to assessment, civic engagement, and foundations of higher education and has published chapters in the New Directions sourcebooks for higher education and institutional research and the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.

DStachowiakDr. Dana Stachowiak

Ph.D., University of North Carolina Greensboro
Assistant Professor

Dr. Dana M. Stachowiak is an Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in the Department of Educational Leadership in the Watson College of Education. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a concentration in Cultural Studies at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Winthrop University, and her B.S. in Elementary Education at Western Michigan University. Prior to her appointment at Watson College, Dr. Stachowiak was an Assistant Professor of Diversity/Multicultural Education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She was also curriculum specialist and teacher for a decade in North Carolina.

Dr. Stachowiak’s primary areas of specialization and research include social justice education, equity literacy, literacy curriculum development, cultural foundations of education, qualitative research methods, and gender studies. Dr. Stachowiak has several publications in peer reviewed journals and edited books. Most recently, she co-edited a special edition on teaching social justice in teacher ed programs for theInternational Journal of Critical Pedagogy. Currently, Dr. Stachowiak is preparing a book manuscript related to her doctoral dissertation work, which was a critical analysis of thinking, embodying, and living genderqueer.

Dr. William SterrettDr. William L. Sterrett

Ph.D., University of Virginia
Associate Professor
Masters of School Administration (MSA) Coordinator

William Sterrett is an associate professor and Graduate Program Coordinator for the Master’s in School Administration (MSA) and add-on licensure programs.   An expert on school leadership, Sterrett has researched and written extensively about the collaborative role of the principal, teacher leadership, and school improvement & innovation.  His articles have appeared in journals such as Educational Leadership, the Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, and The Educational Forum.  He has authored three ASCD books, including Insights into Action: Successful School Leaders Share What Works, a 2011 ASCD Member Book, and two others in the ASCD Arias line, including the Best-Seller Short on Time (2013) and Igniting Teacher Leadership (2016).   Sterrett’s teaching centers on instructional leadership, managerial leadership, and field-based leadership applications.  He served a three-year term on the D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy (New Hanover County Schools) advisory board, served for four years as Chair of the Kappa Delta Pi Public Policy Committee, currently serves on the UNCW Lab School Planning Team, and he is on the Editorial Board of the Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly.

Prior to coming to UNCW in 2010, Sterrett served as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal in Charlottesville, Virginia.  He received the Milken National Educator award as a principal with Albemarle County Schools in 2008, and was recognized by the VA General Assembly in 2009. 

Sterrett received his B.S. in Middle Grades Education from Asbury College (KY) and his M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Educational Administration & Supervision from the University of Virginia.  Sterrett and his wife and their three school-aged sons reside in Wilmington, NC, where his family enjoys basketball and the beach.  

Dr. Robert TyndallDr. Robert Edward Tyndall

Ed.D., UNC Chapel Hill
Professor Emeriti

Dr. Tyndall is currently a professor in the Doctoral Educational Leadership Program in the Watson College of Education and an Executive-in-Residence in the Cameron School of Business. Dr. Tyndall has spent forty years serving education. He earned undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and did advanced graduate studies at the University of California at Los Angeles.

In addition to his current roles Dr. Tyndall has served in a wide range of leadership positions in public schools, including principal of three schools and Deputy and Associate Superintendent in Durham City and Durham County and Superintendent of Schools in Moore County. While serving in educational leadership positions in public schools, he also taught at North Carolina Central University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University as a Resident Scholar, Adjunct Professor, and Visiting Executive Scholar, respectively. For three years Dr. Tyndall served as Special Advisor to the President of Duke University and Executive Director of the Research Triangle Education Consortium. Since arriving at UNCW in 1989 he has served as UNCW's Special Advisor to the Provost, Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Systems and Associate Provost, Dean of the Watson College of Education, Associate Dean for Outreach and Partnerships, and Chair of the Department of Design and Management.

While serving as Dean of the Watson College of Education, Dr. Tyndall founded and served as the Executive Director of the Consortium for Advancement of Public Education (CAPE), comprising 14 school districts, 7 community colleges and 10 businesses; created the national award winning Professional Development System (PDS); and founded the Razor Walker Awards. He is credited, along with Chancellor Leutze, with leading the effort that resulted in the construction of the new Watson College of Education which he refers to as "a powerful tribute to the profession of teaching."

Dr. Tamara WalserDr. Tamara Walser

Ph.D., Utah State University

Dr. Walser has worked in the field of evaluation for more than 20 years. Her purpose and passion is evaluation capacity building and advocacy. While at UNCW, she has served as Director of Assessment and Evaluation for the Watson College of Education, Interim Chair of the Educational Leadership Department, and Graduate Coordinator of the Educational Leadership Ed.D. program. Prior to coming to UNCW, Dr. Walser worked in non-profit and for-profit organizations as an evaluator, and as an Assistant Professor at Washington State University. She has taught courses in program evaluation, assessment, research methods, statistics, and academic writing; and has served as Principal Investigator, Co-Principal Investigator, Project Manager, Lead Evaluator, and as an Advisory Group member on numerous grants and contracts focused on evaluation. She has authored/co-authored journal articles, guidebooks, and resources on evaluation, including co-authoring the book, Evaluability Assessment: Improving Evaluation Quality and Use and maintaining her website/blog, Route One Evaluation. She is currently under contract with SAGE Publications to co-author another evaluation text. Dr. Walser has presented on evaluation topics nationally and internationally and is a former President of the North Carolina Association for Research in Education, a state affiliate of the American Educational Research Association. She obtained her Ph.D. in Research and Evaluation (2000) and her M.S. in Instructional Design and Development (1996) from Utah State University; she earned a B.A. in French (1989) from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and began her professional career as a French teacher.

Dr. Karen WetherillDr. Karen S. Wetherill

Ed.D., NC State University
Professor Emerita

Dr. Karen S. Wetherill is a Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership. She served as the Associate Dean for Outreach Alliances for 11 years prior to assuming a two-year administrative role as Interim Dean of the Watson College of Education. In that capacity, Dr. Wetherill was a co-founding leader for the development of the University-School Professional Development System Partnership. She has worked extensively with university-school partnerships since 1992 both at the university and the state level, providing leadership to move partnerships to higher, more meaningful standards and to address student- learning outcomes. She created the Learning-Centered Supervision model used across the partnership for intern supervision, designed the two foundational Supervision courses for graduate programs, and developed mentoring / coaching modules for use with other audiences.

Staff & Graduate Assistants

Kerri Fowler

Administrative Assistant

Amanda Barbouramanda

Master in School Administration
North Carolina Principal Fellow
Graduate Assistant

Amanda Barbour is a Graduate Assistant in the Educational Leadership Department at the Watson College of Education.  She graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education.  Amanda taught middle school in New Hanover County for twelve years.  She is currently pursuing a Master of School Administration as a NC Principal Fellow. She plans to pursue a career as a school administrator.  

Justin Fischettijustin

Master in School Administration
North Carolina Principal Fellow
Graduate Assistant

Justin Fischetti is a Graduate Assistant in the Educational Leadership Department at the Watson College of Education. He is pursuing a Master of School Administration degree as a North Carolina Principal Fellow. He received his Bachelor of Arts in History from UNCW in 2010. Over the past seven years Justin has taught social studies at Southern Lee High School in Sanford, NC & in the Lyceum Academy of New Hanover High School in Wilmington, NC. Upon graduation Justin plans to pursue a career as a school administrator in North Carolina.

Hannah Montgomeryhannah

Master of Higher Education
Graduate Assistant

Hannah is a Graduate Assistant in the Educational Leadership Department at the Watson College of Education. Hannah earned her Bachelor of Science in Community and Therapeutic Recreation with a minor in Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Hannah worked as a resident advisor for three years and with the Dean of Students Conduct Team for a year at UNCG. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Higher Education at UNCW. After graduation, Hannah has hopes to be the Dean of Students at the university level. 

Graham Irvingraham

MFA in Creative Writing Candidate
Graduate Assistant

Graham Irvin is a Graduate Assistant in the Educational Leadership Department at the Watson College of Education. He earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Anthology and English from North Carolina State University. He is currently pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in poetry. He plans to become a writing instructor at the community college and college level.

Casey McAnarneycasey

Bachelors in English and Communication Studies
Undergraduate Assistant

Casey McAnarney is a senior from Raleigh double majoring in English and Communication Studies and minoring in journalism. She previously worked as an undergraduate office assistant in the Dean's Office and now works in the Department of Educational Leadership. Casey aspires to work in the field of journalism post-grad and is the Editor in Chief of UNCW's newspaper, the Co- President of UNCW's chapter of Harvard based blog Her Campus and is a writing tutor.