Academic Affairs

Dr. Beverley Foulks McGuire Named Director of University Studies

Dear Colleagues,

As we prepare to kick off the new academic year, I am pleased to announce that Dr. Beverley Foulks McGuire, currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion, has been appointed as the Director of University Studies. In this new capacity, Dr. McGuire will work with the Faculty Senate and the University Studies Advisory Committee, colleges and schools, University College, Center for Teaching Excellence, and other constituents to help administer the University Studies program and maintain and enhance that curriculum. She will also serve as an advocate and source of information for University Studies, represent University Studies in appropriate venues, and facilitate coordination among the University Studies' Explorations Beyond the Classroom component and other applied learning activities. The Director works with the General Education Assessment Director and others as needed in the assessment and consequent improvement of University Studies. The Director is also responsible for the review of relevant student petitions and requests for waivers. In addition to administration of University Studies, the Director of University Studies will also collaborate with me on efforts to generally enhance and promote undergraduate education at UNCW.

Dr. McGuire joined UNCW in 2010. A former Mellon and Fulbright Scholar, she earned a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Stanford University, as well as a Master’s of Science in Instructional Technology from the Watson College of Education at UNCW just this past spring. She has been active during her time at UNCW in developing and teaching University Studies curriculum with a particular focus on interdisciplinarity, and has received a range of pedagogical development awards at UNCW.

Since her arrival at UNCW, Dr. McGuire has published extensively on Chinese Buddhism, Buddhism and digital media, and the juncture between religion and education, among other topics. She has traveled and researched extensively abroad, particularly in China, and brings a wonderful perspective to University Studies’ commitment to global citizenship. 

Of her appointment, Dr. McGuire notes: "I look forward to working with all of you -- faculty, staff, students, and administrators -- who play a vital role in University Studies as we prepare to implement our new curriculum next year. University Studies truly is a collaborative endeavor, and I plan to engage in a dialogue with as many of you as possible to get a sense of opportunities for further strengthening and improving our curriculum. My hope is that we might empower our students to claim the curriculum as their own, to scaffold their learning in a way that supports their intellectual curiosity and development, and to acquire skills of self-regulation that will serve them beyond UNCW as lifelong learners. I look forward to helping facilitate this process as director of University Studies!”

Please join me in congratulating Dr. McGuire on this new role.

Dr. Paul Townend
Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Undergraduate Studies