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

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 at the college, after serving as dean from 2011 to 2015. Earlier in the month, Teitelbaum 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 MIT program; and Donna DeGennaro, assistant professor in WCE’s C&I program. More

Watson College Honors Four Razor Walker Award Recipients

The Watson College of Education hosted the 23rd annual Razor Walker Awards April 27 to celebrate individuals and organizations committed to improving the lives of young people across the state. This year’s honorees are Yevonne S. Brannon, N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper, Jana Jones Halls and Frankie A. Roberts.More

STEM Leaders Attend Two-day Roundtable Seminar at UNCW

STEM leaders representing area school districts, community colleges and the business and broader community joined UNCW faculty for a two-day roundtable discussion on the design and development of a new integrated STEM teacher preparation program in May. The innovative career pathway for secondary education teachers will be offered as an undergraduate degree and certificate program in fall 2017 through a joint initiative of the Watson College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences. More

WCE Hosts Faculty Research Showcase; Faculty Present at AERA

The Watson College held a Faculty Research Showcase in the atrium of the education building on April 27. Also in April, Dean Teitelbaum and 16 faculty members attended the American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting in Chicago where they participated in paper presentations, panels and roundtable discussions.More

Rosenwald School Legacy Conference Held at the Watson College

The 2015 African Americans and Education: The Rosenwald School Legacy Conference was held at the Watson College on April 10. The conference, designed to inspire dialogue about the history of education for African Americans, was sponsored by UNCW’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Upperman African American Cultural Center, the Department of History and the Watson College. More

Susan Catapano Receives Fulbright Scholarship

Susan Catapano has received a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship for teaching and research in Belize. During the spring of 2016 she will work at the University of Belize focusing on early childhood development, a priority of the Belize Ministry of Education.More

New EYC Master’s Program Attracts Enrollment from Across the State

The Watson College of Education introduced an online program in leadership, policy and advocacy in early childhood in fall 2014. Eighty-six professionals from across the state enrolled in the two-year master’s program during the fall and spring semesters, and an additional 40 individuals have enrolled for summer or fall 2015.More

WCE Launches Ad Campaign, New Webpage

The Watson College launched a digital advertising campaign on WECT in April to promote the college and the teaching profession. A second campaign featuring graduate programs began in May. Both promotions feature student testimonials and introduce a new promotional webpage.More

Watson College Recognitions

Brad Walker was selected by the UNCW student body to be the keynote speaker for 2015 convocation, and Denise Ousley-Exum won the 2015 Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award. These and other faculty and staff recognitions are found here.More

New for Fall 2015! Online MAT in Secondary Education - Science and Mathematics

The Watson College will introduce a distance-learning program in fall 2015 to meet growing demand for high school mathematics and science teachers. The two-year Master of Arts in Teaching will be offered entirely online except for the final internship semester. The program is designed for working professionals, career changers and recent graduates who hold a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, science or a related field such as engineering. Applications will be accepted through August 2 for the fall semester.More

WCE Alumni Honored as NHCS Educators of the Year

Watson College graduates Katie Snyder, Jerry Oates and Laura Graham were recently honored as Educators of the Year in New Hanover County. Snyder ’08, ‘12M is NHCS Teacher of the Year, Oates ’95, ‘03M is Principal of the Year and Graham ’10M is the NHCS 2015-16 Elementary School Teacher of the Year. In all, 23 Watson College graduates were among the teachers and principals honored at the district’s Educator of the Year banquet on June 9. Please join us in congratulating our alumni and all of the educators recognized for their outstanding work in New Hanover County!More