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Thursday, May 01, 2014

Faculty Recognitions

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Candace Thompson, assistant professor in the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education has been selected by the UNCW student body to be the keynote speaker for the 2014 Convocation on Aug. 18. Thompson has also received a UNCW Global Citizenship Grant to develop an introductory foundations course taking a comparative look at educational systems in the U.S. and Belize. The course will build on strong partnerships WCE faculty have built in Belize and give beginning students an opportunity to engage in field experiences here and abroad. The course will be offered to all UNCW students in fall 2015.

Marsha Carr and Bill Sterrett teamed with the University of Virginia’s Dan Duke to co-author The School Improvement Handbook, published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2013. A review was published in the March/April issue of Principal magazine, a publication of the National Association of Elementary School Principals. https://www.naesp.org/sites/default/files/Wooleyhand_MA14.pdf

Dennis Kubasko, associate professor and director of UNCW’s Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM), has been appointed to the North Carolina Science Olympiad Board of Directors. Kubasko has also been elected to the North Carolina Science Leadership Association Board of Directors.

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Florence Martin and MIT graduate students Natasha Wells and Andrew Stanley authored “The Human Performance Technology Model Applied to a University Library’s Work Efficiency.”  It was the feature article in the March 24 issue of Performance Improvement, a publication of Wiley Online Library.

Janna Siegel Robertson, professor Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education, has been asked to facilitate New Hanover County schools’ efforts to adopt a protocol for a new school discipline policy for the  2014-15 school year. The protocol will be based on the highly effective model created in Clayton Georgia by Judge Teske.

Four Watson College faculty members have received 2014 Friends of UNCW grant awards. Recipients of the awards are:

  • Susan Catapano, Department of Educational Leadership
  • Angelia Reid Griffin, ITFSE
  • Christine Liao, Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education
  • Katie Schlichting, EEMLS

Staff Updates and Recognitions

Glenda -Bowen -Kudos -April -2014-003Glenda Bowen, executive assistant in the Office of Teacher Education and Outreach, received a Kudos Award from human resources for exemplary service to the Watson College of Education through her work to help prepare for WCE’s NCATE reaccreditation review and site visit.

Kudos _Dianne (1)Dianne Evans, executive assistant in the Office of Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, also received a Kudos Award for her outstanding service to the Watson College. She was recognized for her work in preparing licensure packets for students to be sent to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.

Lindsey Baker is the new administrative assistant for the Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM). Lindsey graduated from UNCW with a Bachelor of Science in environmental studies in May 2013. She was president of UNCW’s highly successful Woman in Science and Engineering (WISE) student organization. She was most recently an assistant park ranger with the North Carolina State Parks.

Beth Hicks is the new program coordinator for the Educating Language Minority Students (ELMS) Project. Beth graduated from UMASS, Amherst with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and received her master’s degree in instructional technology from UNCW last July. She was most recently an instructional technology facilitator for New Hanover County Schools.

Allison Rankin is the new academic advisor in the Watson College of Education (WCE) for elementary, special education – general and extension students in Brunswick and Columbus counties.  She graduated from WCE in December 2013 with a Master of Science instructional technology.  This is in addition to an earlier master’s degree in library science from N.C. Central University and an undergraduate degree in art history from UNC Greensboro.  Prior to coming to WCE, Allison worked in UNCW’s Cameron School of Business and the Division for Public Service and Continuing Studies. Allison and her husband, Jonathan, are the proud parents of a rising UNCW sophomore.  When not at work, Allison loves to garden.  

Alumni Recognitions

Pam Baldwin ‘10 (Ed.D., educational leadership and administration) was named Ashville City Schools superintendent in April. Baldwin was formerly assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, Scotland County Schools in Laurinburg.

Jesse Boger ‘10 (M.A.T, secondary English education) was named Teacher of the Year at Pender Early College High School.

Kathleen Lynch-Davis ‘93, ‘95M (B.A., middle grades education, M.E.D., middle grades education) was recognized as the Watson College of Education’s Distinguished Alumni of the Year. Lynch-Davis is currently associate professor of math education at Appalachian State University.