Faculty & Staff

Department Chair
Dr. Susan C. Faircloth
faircloths@uncw.edu 910-962-2290
Administrative Associate
Lisa B. Hunt
huntl@uncw.edu 910-962-3040


Educational Leadership faculty


Adjunct Faculty

Affiliated Faculty

Emerti Faculty


Graduate Assistants

Educational Leadership Faculty

Marsha CarrDr. Marsha Carr

D.M., University of Phoenix
Assistant Professor

Dr. Marsha Carr serves on the faculty of Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She previously served as a superintendent of schools in West Virginia for the past decade. Her other prior roles include serving as a Pre-K - 12 principal, Director of Curriculum/Instructional technology, and a reading specialist during her 35 years of service. In 1994, Carr received the Milken National Educator Award as a reading specialist, a Teacher of the Year award for Allegany County, Maryland and was recognized by the Maryland House of Delegates as well as received the Maryland Governor's Citation for her work.
Carr is author of Educational Leadership: From Hostile Takeover to a Sustainable Successful System; and co-author of The School Improvement Planning Handbook,.

Carr's areas of research include educational leadership, organizational management, cultural studies, and self-mentoring™. Self-mentoring™ was trademarked in 2012 by Carr and is gaining national attention. Carr is author of The Invisible Leader: A self-mentoring sustainability model for university faculty and The Invisible Teacher: A self-mentoring sustainability educator workshop guide.

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 doctorate in Management from the University of Phoenix. Carr can be reached at carrm@uncw.edu.

Dr. Donna DeGennaro

Ph.D., University of PennsylvaniaDr. DeGennaro
Assistant Professor

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 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. Susan C. Faircloth

Susan FairclothPh.D.,  The Pennsylvania State University
Professor and Chair, Educational Leadership Department

Dr. Susan C. Faircloth (an enrolled member of the Coharie Tribe of North Carolina) is a Professor and Chair of the Educational Leadership Department at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington. Prior to joining UNCW, Dr. Faircloth was an Associate Professor in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Adult and Higher Education at North Carolina State University. She has also served as an Associate Professor and Director of the American Indian Leadership Program at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Faircloth’s research interests include: Indigenous education, the education of culturally and linguistically diverse students with special educational needs, and the moral and ethical dimensions of school leadership. She has published in such journals as Educational Administration Quarterly, Harvard Educational Review, The Journal of Special Education Leadership, International Studies in Educational Administration, Values and Ethics in Educational Administration, Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education, Rural Special Education Quarterly, and Journal of Disability Policy Studies.

Dr. Faircloth is a former Fulbright Senior Scholar to New Zealand, Ford Foundation Postdoctoral scholar with the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at the University of California Los Angeles, and a Fellow with the American Indian/Alaska Native Head Start Research Center at the University of Colorado Denver. She is currently a William C. Friday Fellow for Human Relations.

Dr. Faircloth also serves as a senior associate editor of the American Journal of Education and an associate editor of the American Educational Research Journal – Social and Institutional Analysis. She is also a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of American Indian Education and American Secondary Education.

Dr. Craig S. Galbraith

Ph.D., Purdue University

Dr. Craig S. Galbraith is a Professor of Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship and Technology Management in the Department of Management at the Cameron School of Business.   Dr. Galbraith teaches the course on Strategic Management and Budgeting in the Ed.D. Program at the Watson School of Education.  He is also a doctorate dissertation supervisor for the Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland.  Dr. Galbraith received his Ph.D. in strategic management and economics from Purdue University, an MSc in molecular biology from the University of Nebraska, and an MBA in operations management and BA in economic philosophy from San Diego State University.   He has been on the faculties of the University of California and Purdue University, and has been a co-founder of several companies, including a biotechnology company and a small international shipping firm.

Dr. Galbraith has published six books and over one hundred scholarly articles.  In addition to his economic and management research, Dr. Galbraith is particularly interested in issues related to higher education strategies and assessment, burnout among working university students, and the relationship between art and learning.  He has recently published articles in top education journals, such as Studies in Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Further and Higher Education, College Teaching, and the International Journal of Education and the Arts. 

Dr. Amy Garrett DikkersDr. Amy Garrett Dikkers

Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Associate Professor

CIS 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.

William HolmesDr. William T. Holmes

Ed.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Assistant Professor

Dr. William Holmes serves on the faculty of Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  Dr. Holmes retired from service in the nation’s fifth largest school district, the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he worked as an elementary, secondary, and central office teacher and school administrator before coming to UNCW. 

Specifically, Dr. Holmes served in the roles of teacher; teacher on special assignment – Webmaster; Dean of Students; Assistant Principal; Principal; and Principal on Special Assignment – School Improvement, Turnaround, and Restructuring during his tenure in CCSD.  Additionally, he held a leadership role at the state level serving as the Vice-Chairman on the Council for Parental Involvement and Family Engagement at the Nevada Department of Education supporting the implementation of educational policy and instructional implementation in the area of family engagement in K-12 schools at the rural, suburban and at-risk schools across the state.   Dr. Holmes earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico and his doctoral degree in Executive Leadership in Educational Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Dr. Holmes is focused on leadership communication theory and practices of instructional leaders with particular attention to Motivating Language Theory within the K-12 context.  He is interested in the leadership practices of effective and ineffective leaders; the Superintendent search process and Superintendent pre-service best practices; and Spiritual Leadership and its application within the K-12 setting.  Finally, as a Native American, Dr. Holmes is concerned with the Native American instructional leadership experience and how to increase both its numbers and effectiveness.

Dr. Scott ImigDr. Scott Imig

*Currently on leave while working at the University of New Castle (Australia).

Ph.D., University of Virginia
Associate Professor

Dr. Scott Imig serves as an Associate Professor in the Curriculum, Instruction and Supervision program at the Watson College of Education. He teaches graduate courses in the areas of evaluation, supervision, research and coaching. In addition to his faculty role, Dr. Imig has spent the past three years serving as the Watson College's Interim Associate Dean for Outreach. Prior to coming to UNCW, he was an Assistant Professor and Director of the Teaching Assessment Initiative at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education. In this role he developed and implemented numerous studies designed to measure the effectiveness of teacher education and teaching methods. He has served as both an elementary and middle school teacher.

Dr. Imig's research on teacher education and teacher effectiveness has been widely published, including articles in the Journal of Teacher Education, Teachers College Record and Change Magazine. He is also the author of numerous chapters on teacher certification, teacher quality, educational standards and teacher dispositions. His current research is focused on identifying the shared characteristics of the state's top performing educator preparation programs. Dr. Imig earned both his Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Evaluation and his Master's degree in teaching from the University of Virginia. He also holds a B.A. in Language and Literature from St. Mary's College of Maryland. He lives in Wilmington with his wife and three young children, and he continues to try to learn how to fish.

Kevin McClureDr. Kevin R. McClure

PhD, University of Maryland, College Park
Assistant Professor

Dr. Kevin R. McClure is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership in the Watson College of Education. He earned both his master’s and doctorate in International Education Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. McClure’s dissertation chronicled the rise of innovation and entrepreneurship as strategic priorities in American higher education through an in-depth case study of one public research university. 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 in several professional organizations, including the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), American Educational Research Association (AERA), and Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE).

Dr. McClure’s research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals and edited books. A regular blogger, he has authored opinion and advice pieces for popular outlets like The Chronicle of Higher Education and Vitae. His research interests include analysis of higher education reform, manifestations of academic capitalism, factors driving college spending, implications of commercialization in the academy, and changes in the academic profession. Dr. McClure also has a growing interest in the vital contributions to higher education of public comprehensive universities. Current research projects include two collaborative studies exploring the relationship between staffing trends and costs at public comprehensive universities. He is also working on two qualitative studies, one investigating the effects of entrepreneurship training on undergraduate student thought and behavior and another looking at the role of executive and managerial administrators in promoting academic capitalism.

Dr. Elizabeth Metcalf

Ed.D., University of North Carolina Wilmington
Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Metcalf is the Director of Elementary Student learning and Title 1 for Pender County Schools.  Metcalf’s research interests include adult learning, instructional leadership, teacher leadership, and transformative change.  Dr. Metcalf has worked extensively to prepare and develop transformative school cultures in multiple districts across the state.   She has led national, statewide and regional professional development, as well as being a keynote speaker on the topics of 21st Century Schools, the Common Core, Instructional Leadership, and Transformative Coaching.  Metcalf received her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the Watson College of Education at UNCW. 


Joanne NottinghamDr. Joanne E. Nottingham

Ph.D., University of Connecticut
Leadership Studies Coordinator

Dr. Joanne E. Nottingham, also known as "DocNott", is a faculty member of the Department of Educational Leadership in the Watson College of Education where she coordinates the Leadership Studies minor and teaches core leadership courses. In addition, she has served as the faculty secretary of the UNCW Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), the National Leadership Honor Society for many years. DocNott has more than forty years of academic and professional experience in higher education and in private sector employment. Her corporate experience and particular knowledge in public relations, marketing, and advertising contributes to positive results in higher education and corporate environments.

DocNott earned her B.S. in Elementary and Special Education at Southern Connecticut State College, and her M.Ed. and Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut. For five years DocNott was the UNCW Director of Campus Diversity, which also included the management of the Upperman African American Cultural Center and she championed the development of the current Office of Institutional Diversity. During her administrative years at UNCW, the University of Miami (FL), and Florida International University, DocNott designed and managed academic, multicultural, and student services programs that contributed to increasing the retention of students in higher education institutions and raised community awareness. DocNott has an illustrative record of commitment to ethics, diversity, and leadership education as crucial components of lifelong learning.

Dr. Michele Parker  Michele Parker

Ph.D., University of Virginia
Associate Professor
Ed.D. Coordinator

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. 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.

Dr. William SterrettDr. William L. Sterrett

Ph.D., University of Virginia
Associate Professor
MSA Coordinator

Dr. Sterrett is a former award-winning principal who now serves as program coordinator of the Watson College’s Master’s of School Administration (MSA) program at UNCW.   Sterrett is the author of the ASCD books Short on Time (2013) and Insights into Action (2011), and has published in numerous journals on the subject of school leadership.

Focused on the theory and practice of instructional leadership, Sterrett has researched, taught, and written about the use of collaborative learning communities and school & teacher leadership.  He has served as a workshop facilitator and keynote speaker, having worked with groups on the school, district, regional, and state level.  Sterrett has also presented at numerous state, national, and international conferences.  He prioritizes building long-lasting collaborative relationships with school leaders in the field.   Sterrett earned his B.S. in Middle Grades education from Asbury College and his M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Educational Administration & Supervision from the University of Virginia. 

Dr. Kenneth Teitelbaum

*On sabbatical during Fall 2015.Kenneth Teitelbaum

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin Madison

From 2011-2015, Kenneth Teitelbaum served as Dean of the Watson College of Education, after which he was appointed as Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership.  Prior to joining UNCW, he served as a faculty member at Syracuse University and Binghamton University, department chair at Kent State University, and Dean at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  He received the B.A. in History (with a minor in Sociology) from New York University and the M.A.T. in Social Studies Education from Cornell University, taught high school social studies in upstate New York for several years, and received the Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies (with a minor in Educational Policy Studies) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  In May 2015, he received the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education.

Dr. Teitelbaum’s research and teaching interests focus on critical reflection in teacher education and teachers’ work; school reform as it relates to democracy, social justice and diversity; and school knowledge in current and historical contexts.  He has published numerous book chapters, journal articles and reviews, and op-eds, including a recent chapter on “Critical Civic Literacy in Schools: Adolescents Seeking to Understand and Improve The(ir) World.”  He is also the author of Schooling for “Good Rebels”: Socialism, American Education, and the Search for Radical Curriculum (Teachers College Press, 1995) and he recently co-edited the volume, School Reform Critics: The Struggle for Democratic Schooling (Peter Lang, 2014), for which he authored a chapter on “Teacher Education in Volatile Times: Forward to the Basics.”  He is currently working on a collaborative study of the effects of state policy changes and proposals on the professional experiences of school of education deans.

Among his other activities, Dr. Teitelbaum has helped to create, develop and coordinate several graduate-level degree programs; served on several campus and community advisory boards; been actively involved with a Gear-Up project, a Professional Development System, and a School Turn-Around project; reviewed manuscripts and proposals for two dozen academic journals, professional organizations and publishing companies; and served on the Board of Governors of The Renaissance Group national consortium and the editorial board of the Theory and Research in Social Education journal.

Dr. Robert TyndallDr. Robert Edward Tyndall

Ed.D., UNC Chapel Hill
Executive-in-Residence in the Cameron School of Business

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
Associate Professor
Director of Assessment and Evaluation for the Watson College of Education

Dr. Tamara Walser has been conducting educational research and evaluation for more than 18 years and has worked in education for more than 23 years. Currently an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Dr. Walser is Director of Assessment and Evaluation for the Watson College of Education and teaches graduate courses in research and evaluation. She has also served as Co-Principal Investigator on two grants to evaluate a reading intervention and as an evaluator for a North Carolina Quality Educators through Staff Development and Training grant at UNCW.

Before coming to UNCW she served as Project Manager for the U.S. Department of Education Magnet Schools Assistance Program Technical Assistance in Data Collection, Analysis, and Report Preparation contract, which included quantitative analysis of magnet schools data and technical assistance to grantees on performance measurement and experimental/quasi-experimental evaluation. She also served as Project Manager for the NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) State Service Center Evaluation and NAEP State Coordinator Program Review subcontracts with Westat for the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. In addition, she has evaluated programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology, and Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities; as well as the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Casey Family Programs. Dr. Walser received her Ph.D. in Research and Evaluation Methodology from Utah State University.

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.

Dr. Freddie Williamson

Ed.D., Fayetteville State University Dr. Freddie Williamson
Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Williamson is currently serving as Superintendent of Hoke County Schools, in Raeford, North Carolina, where he has served for eight years. Dr. Williamson has over thirty years of service in public education, with the majority of his service time spent in educational leadership roles. Prior to coming to Hoke County, Dr. Williamson worked in Scotland County as the Associate Superintendent of Human Resources and Sampson County where he worked as a classroom teacher, Assistant Principal, High School Principal, Director of Personnel, Director of Vocational Education, and Director of Secondary Education.  Dr. Williamson earned his undergraduate, and master's degrees from North Carolina A&T State University, an advanced graduate degree from East Carolina University, and doctoral degree from Fayetteville State University. Additional studies completed at South Carolina State University, and UNC Chapel Hill School of Government.

Under his leadership, Hoke County Schools has been recognized at the national and state level. Former Governor Beverly Perdue, named Hoke County Schools as one of the state's top ten digital school districts. Sandy Grove Middle (constructed) in one year, was recognized at the nation's 1st Net-Postive, LEED Platinum Designed, Public/Private leased construction school. Dr. Williamson has received several awards for leadership including: 2011 Sandhills Regional Superintendent of the Year, North Carolina Association of Education Office Personnel Administrator of the Year, State Principal of the Year Finalist, Southeast Regional Principal of the Year, and twice Wachovia Principal of the Year.

 Dr. Williamson has and continues to demonstrate a passion for leadership and transformation. 

Staff & Graduate Assistants

Lisa HuntLisa Hunt

B.A., UNC Wilmington
Administrative Associate

Lisa Hunt, Administrative Associate, in the Department of Educational Leadership, is a graduate of UNCW. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the College of Arts & Sciences and teaching certification in Secondary Education from the Watson School of Education. Before returning to UNCW, Lisa worked, for six years, at Forsyth Technical Community College, in Winston-Salem, NC. At Forsyth Tech she served the Dean and faculty in the Business & Information Technologies Division, served on the President’s Advisory Council, Student Retention and March of Dimes committees.  In 2009, Lisa returned to Wilmington, UNCW and the Watson College of Education after accepting the position of Administrative Associate, in the Department of Educational Leadership. In this position she supports the department chair, Dr. Susan Catapano, thirteen full-time faculty members, the Ed.D. doctoral program, MSA, CIS and Higher Education graduate programs, Leadership minor program, manages five Graduate Assistants and an undergraduate office assistant. Lisa is committed to excellence in her service to UNCW, WCE faculty, staff and students. In 2011 she was nominated for and received a KUDOS award from the university, for outstanding service.

Alyssa BrighamAlyssa Brigham

M.Ed. in Higher Education Candidate
Graduate Assistant

Alyssa Brigham is a Graduate Assistant in the Educational Leadership Department at the Watson College of Education. She is a native Californian and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. While in her undergraduate program, she was an advisor in the Orfalea College of Business, which sparked her love of working in higher education. Alyssa moved to North Carolina to teach 7th and 8th grade mathematics and coach in Duplin County. She is in her first year of the M.Ed. in Higher Education program and would like to pursue further educational leadership in academic advising and administration after graduation.

Kelly FlynnKelly Flynn

Master's in School Administration Candidate
Graduate Assistant

Kelly Flynn is a Graduate Assistant in the Educational Leadership Department at the Watson College of Education. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education at UNCW through the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program. She continued her education at UNCW with a Master's degree in Elementary Education. Kelly has taught in Elementary Education for 20 years and has earned National Board Certification in Early Childhood Development. Kelly is pursuing a Master's in School Administration as a NC Principal Fellow. When she graduates, she plans to seek a career as a school administrator in the coastal North Carolina area.

Teddy Howell

M.Ed. in Higher Education Candidate
Graduate Assistant

Teddy Howell is a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Educational Leadership for the Watson College of Education.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies and Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Winston-Salem State University. Prior to UNCW he served as a Title I tutor for Wayne County Public Schools in the areas of Mathematics and Science.  While at UNCW he has worked for the Office of Transition Programs as both a Graduate Intern and Orientation Assistant. During his time with Transition Programs, Teddy worked with both freshman and transfer students throughout each orientation session and convocation ceremony; also he has completed research of programming for transfer students. Currently, Teddy is completing his second year in the M.Ed. in Higher Education program. After graduation, Teddy hopes to work with first year college students through orientation or academic advising as well as student conduct. 


Felix Morton IV

M.Ed. in Higher Education Candidate
Graduate Assistant

Felix Morton is a Graduate Assistant in the Educational Leadership Department at the Watson College of Education, and is in the first year of the M.Ed. in Higher Education program. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Middle Grades Education, with a concentration in Math and Social Studies, from East Carolina University as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. For the past two years, Felix has both taught and coached in the Wake County Public School System. After graduation, Felix plans to work in academic advising and counseling, while continuing to further pursue his interest in educational leadership.

Bethany MeighenBethany Meighen

Ed.D., Concentration in Higher Education Candidate
Graduate Assistant

Bethany Meighen joined the Educational Leadership Department in 2012 after relocating with her family from Charleston, WV. Prior to moving to Wilmington, she served for six years as the Dean of Student Life at the University of Charleston. In this role, Bethany was responsible for the designing and implementing the University’s retention and student success initiatives. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in Human Resources Management from the University of Charleston. Bethany is currently enrolled in the Ed.D. with a Concentration in Leadership in Higher Education. Upon completion of the program, Bethany would like to continue to work in the areas of retention and student success. 


Max WilliamsMax Williams

M.A.T in Middle Grades Education Candidate
Graduate Assistant

Max Williams in a Graduate Assistant in the Educational Leadership Department.  He is a North Carolina native, and has earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Appalachian State University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University. He is currently enrolled in the M.A.T. in Middle Grades Education Program. After graduation, Max would like to teach middle grades Math in the greater Wilmington and surrounding area.


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