Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Undergraduate Studies Announcement

Dear Colleagues,

Following an internal search in which we were privileged to have interviewed two excellent candidates, I am delighted to announce that Dr. Martin Posey will serve as Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, effective January 1, 2014. He has served since January 2013 in the interim position, a role that he assumed subsequent to and, for a time, concurrently with his service as University Accreditation Coordinator.

Dr. Posey, who earned his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Oregon, has been a member of the UNCW community since 1989 and has served the institution in a variety of ways, including as chair of the Department of Biology and Marine Biology from 2004-2011. His extensive experience at UNCW in the varied roles of faculty member, participant on numerous university committees, department chair, faculty senator, and SACS liaison has positioned him well for this responsibility. He is a 2008 recipient of the UNCW Graduate Mentor Award, a 2000 recipient of the UNCW Faculty Scholarship Award, author or co-author of over 60 publications, and a member of the UNCW 10 Million Dollar Club, having been PI or co-PI on over $10 million in grants and awards since joining UNCW.

The Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Undergraduate Studies provides leadership for the campus’ engagement in undergraduate education and oversees the operations and activities of the Center for Teaching Excellence; eTEAL, the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan; General Education Assessment; Honors Scholars College and the Center for the Support of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CSURF); Isaac Bear Early College High School; Office of International Programs; and University Studies. Responsibilities include overseeing activities pertaining to undergraduate education, including University Studies; providing advocacy on undergraduate academic matters; facilitating the development of new and revised undergraduate courses and curricula; working with faculty and administrators on academic planning and policy development pertaining to undergraduate education; promoting applied learning; overseeing the publication of the UNCW catalogue; collaborating with University College in establishing and implementing learning goals for UNI101; and coordinating the administration of for-credit undergraduate courses and programs in collaboration with the deans of UNCW’s colleges and school.

I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the search committee, which included Johnson Akinleye (committee chair, Academic Affairs), Jennifer Coombs (Human Resources representative), Steve Elliott (College of Health and Human Services), Mark Gallovic (Office of International Programs), Curry Guinn (College of Arts and Sciences and University Studies Advisory Committee Chair), James Hunt (Cameron School of Business), Carol McNulty (Watson College of Education), and Shelly Myers (University College). I also appreciate the participation of many other members of the UNCW community in the search process. I hope that you will all join me in congratulating Dr. Posey on his acceptance of this position.


Denise Battles

Denise A. Battles, Ph.D.

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

University of North Carolina Wilmington

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