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

Monday, May 11, 2015

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 in the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education, after serving as dean from 2011 to 2015.

Earlier in the month WCE 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 Masters of Science in Instructional Technology (MIT) program; and Donna DeGennaro, assistant professor in WCE's Curriculum, Instruction and Supervision (C&I) program.

UNCW Announcement of New Dean of the Watson College

In a letter to faculty and staff on May 13, UNCW Provost Denise Battles wrote:

I am pleased to announce that after a nationwide search, Van O. Dempsey III has been named the next dean of the Watson College of Education. Dr. Dempsey, who currently serves as the Vice President for Institutional Assessment and Effectiveness at Fairmont State University in Fairmont, West Virginia, will assume his new role on July 1, 2015.

Van has served as Vice President for Institutional Assessment and Effectiveness since the position was established in the fall of 2013. In this role, he has provided leadership to assessment of learning and academic programs, and the evaluation of strategic initiatives and organizational effectiveness. From 2006-2013, he was the Dean of Fairmont State University's School of Education, Health and Human Performance, and served as Interim Dean of Graduate Studies concurrently from 2009-2012. During his tenure, he led the school through significant change, successfully launching a new partnership with 40 professional development schools and six school districts; restructuring staff and faculty time across multiple academic departments; securing over $1,250,000 in external funding; and leading West Virginia in the implementation of new state standards for teacher practice and program learning outcomes.

Prior to his administrative positions at Fairmont State University, Van was a high school social studies teacher in Fayetteville, NC and Pittsboro, NC. He then joined West Virginia University as a faculty member and served as the Director of the Benedum Collaborative, which was nationally recognized for its teacher education program and school-university partnerships. He holds a Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Foundations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and also received his Master of the Arts in Teaching Social Studies Education and his Bachelor of Arts in Education from UNC at Chapel Hill.

Van will succeed Dean Ken Teitelbaum, who will be a professor in the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education, after serving as dean from 2011 to 2015. I hope you'll join me in thanking Dean Teitelbaum for his service and dedication to the Watson College of Education and UNCW.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Van Dempsey into his new role as Dean of the Watson College of Education.

View the UNCW press release here: http://uncw.edu/articles/2015/05/uncw-names-van-o-dempsey-iii-dean-of-the-watson-college-of-education.aspx

Watson College Announcements of New Faculty

Earlier in the month, Dean Teitelbaum announced that three new tenure-track or tenured faculty will join the college in fall 2015. They are:

Susan Faircloth - She will be a professor and chair of our Educational Leadership Department. She earned her master's degree in Special Education and her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Penn State University. Prior to joining UNCW, she was an assistant professor at PSU, which included being the Director of the American Indian Leadership Program and The Center for the Study of Leadership in American Indian Education. Most recently she was an associate professor at NC State University, where she was also the coordinator of the Educational Leadership program. Earlier, she was a youth program development specialist assistant for the Title IX Indian Education Program in Cumberland County Schools, academic skills coordinator at Sampson Community College, and a high school special education teacher in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. She is a prolific scholar, most recently co-authoring a book entitled Building bridges from high-poverty communities to schools, to productive citizenship: A holistic approach to addressing poverty through exceptional educational leadership, and co-authoring a forthcoming article in the Journal of American Indian Education titled "Leadership development for schools serving American Indian students: Implications for research, policy and practice."

Daisyane (Daisy) Barreto - She will be an assistant professor in the MIT program (ITFSE Department). Originally from Brazil, Barreto earned her master's degree in Instructional Design and Development and right now is completing her Ph.D. degree in Learning, Design and Technology, both from the University of Georgia (UGA). Her dissertation is on "Playing and Learning: A Case Study of Children's Experiences with Games in a Virtual World." She has worked as a technology coordinator/teacher and a curriculum developer for school districts, and is currently working for the J.W. Fanning Institute at UGA to design and develop educational materials (e.g., videos, animations, print-based modules) to support leadership development programs.

Donna DeGennaro - She will be an assistant professor in the C&I program (EL Department). She earned her master's degree in Technology in Educational Leadership from Chestnut Hill College and her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership: Teaching, Learning and Curriculum from the University of Pennsylvania. Previously she was an assistant professor at Montclair State University in NJ and the University of Massachusetts-Boston, a physical science teacher at the junior and senior high school levels, and an educational technology consultant for the McGraw Hill Learning Group. Among her recent publications are "Unlocking silent histories: Critical and creative expression for indigenous youth" for Edutopia and "Opening digital doors" for Educational Leadership. She has a forthcoming co-edited book entitled Sociocultural studies and implications for science education: The experiential and the virtual.

Please join us in welcoming the new Watson College Dean and faculty to UNCW!