Academic Affairs

Alderman in Bloom

Teaching and Service Award Nominations Open

November 23, 2020 - The call for nominations for Teaching and Service awards, as wellMedallion as the Hoggard Medal for Achievement was shared with the campus community today. Additional information about the awards can be found on the academic affiars awards page...more

Fall 2020 Food Drive Kicks Off Nov. 9

November 5, 2020 - The 5th Annual Alderman Hall Faculty & Staff Fall Food Drive takes new shape this year Fall 2020 Food Drivewithout the social aspect. Food donations will be collected in the lobby of Alderman Hall from November 9-20 and those donating are invited to grab a fall-themed muffin in exchange for their donation. Visitors can also enter to win a Thanksgiving Dinner for eight courtesy of Campus Dining and decorative mums will also be given away. This year's donations benefit those in our own student community in need through Hawk's Harvest

Inaugural Campus Green Zone Award

November 5, 2020 - Carrie West, UNCW Transition Programs Coordinator, has been awarded the inaugural Campus Green Zone Award. This award recognized dedication to inclusivity through the establishment of Green Zone values in the recipient's area including...more

Office of Military Affairs Hosts Veterans Week

October 29, 2020UNCW Office of Military Affairs will recognize veterans this year with a Veterans Weekfull week of acknowledgement from November 9-13. The tradition of 'planting' U.S. flags on campus will continue this year representing military-affiliated students. Other activities include a veterans virtual gathering, and veteran employees...more

Spring RTP Calendar Revised Due to Late Semester Start

October 16, 2020Planning to submit an RTP application in Spring 2021? Please be advised that the calendar for submission has been revised, due to the semester beginning later. Revised dates are as follows...more 

UNCW Researcher Selected to Serve on NC BEC

August 28, 2020 - Dr. Karl Ricanek was selected by NC IDEA to serve on the inaugural Black Entrepreneurship Council (NC BEC). Representing UNCW, greater Wilmington and southeastern North Carolina, Dr. Ricanek fills one of 25 seats on the council. October 16, 2020Planning to submit an RTP application in Spring 2021? Please be advised that the calendar for submission has been revised, due to the semester beginning later. Revised dates are as follows...more

NC IDEA is a private foundation committed to supporting entrepreneurial ambition and economic empowerment in North Carolina, and the NC BEC was established to serve the entrepreneurial aspirations Karl Ricanekand economic potential of North Carolina’s Black community. It further supports the Foundation’s previous commitment that no less than 50% of programmatic and funding resources be in service to underserved, under-resourced and underrepresented communities, notably minorities, women and rural constituencies. For further details, please see the NC IDEA press release here.

Ricanek is a highly-active UNCW researcher and entrepreneur, professor of computer science and director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Identity Sciences (I3S). He is also founder of Lapetus Solutions, Inc., a science and technology growth company with offices in UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Designated Student Study Spaces Outlined by OSM

August 19, 2020 - Student study spaces and overflow seating have been designated by UNCW's Office of Space Planning and Management effective August 19. These times are are subject to change based on demand. Designated Student Study space has been set in the following locations and hours: 

  • Warwick Center Ballroom: Monday – Thursday 9 am – 8 pm; Friday 9 am – 3 pm
  • Student Recreation Center MAC Gym (Use Southeast Corner Entrance): Monday – Thursday 11 am – 5 p (available for overflow dining during lunch hours)
  • R-Lot Modular Complex (across from Dobo) – Buildings R22 and R23: Monday – Friday 7 am – 7 pm
    • NOTE: R21 has two classrooms that will be utilized throughout the day. Students may use the other two buildings in this complex and find a vacant seat for studying/logging-in.
  • Morton Modular #2 (MM2 – next to Bear Hall): Monday – Friday 7am – 7 pm
  • Randall Library: Hours vary by day and time. Click here for more information:

Students are encouraged to use headphones when participating in an online course to avoid disturbing others.

Fall Faculty Meeting Set for September 10

Fall Faculty Meeting 2020August 17, 2020 - UPDATE: The fall faculty meeting will take place virtually and will begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 10, 2020. Pandemic-related restrictions prohibited the use of Lumina Theater for a formal ceremony. Recipients of a number of awards for excellence in teaching, scholarship and public service will be announced. In addition, faculty with five or more years of service at UNCW will be recognized. Link to agenda. Last year's award winners can be found here and the Zoom URL can be found here.  

Kati Chipps Named SPARC Director

July 13, 2020 - Kati Chipps will join UNCW's Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance (SPARC) as director effective July 20, 2020. The office has also been reorganized to meet growing needs as UNCW's research mission continues to expand...more

CTE and DEeL Team-up for ADAPT 2020

July 9, 2020 - The Center for Teaching Excellence and Office of Distance Education and eLearning facilitated ADAPT 2020, a four-day, Zoom-based program that brought together more than eight campus units to help faculty with new teaching challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 1,200 participated...more

Director of Arts Engagement Named

July 6, 2020 - Fidias Reyes, M.P.A., was named named Director of Arts Engagement in the UNCW Office of the Arts. As announced by the Office of Community Engagement and Applied learning, she will be committed to bringing high quality performing arts and educational...more

Publication by Former Provost Earns Top Honors

June 23, 2020 - Seacoast Plants of the Carolinas has earned two high honors from the American Library Association. Written by Paul E. Hosier, the book is published by North Carolina Sea Grant and the University of North Carolina Press...more

Chancellor Announces Modified Academic Calendar

June 2, 2020 - Chancellor Sartarelli announced today the modified academic calendar for fall 2020. To summarize: We will retain our planned start date of the academic year (Aug. 10) and first day of classes (Aug. 19). Labor Day will be unaffected, but we have made the difficult decision to cancel fall break so we will be able to conclude classes before Thanksgiving, with...more

SPARC Director Candidate Visits

May 20, 2020SPARC Director candidate virtual campus visits begin Tuesday, May 26th. Four candidates will meet with a variety of stakeholders for a full day and will provide an open forum presentation. The SPARC Director position description can be found here and candidates credentials...more

Research Ramp Up

May 20, 2020Research Ramp Up: Phase I While research and scholarship at UNCW never stopped completely during the COVID-19 pandemic, the campus closure required a ramp-down of some research and restricted access to specialized facilities e.g., laboratories, equipment, and field work. A first phase of research ramp-up...more


May 5, 2020—Families, grads, faculty, staff, alumni, and anyone else who wants to congratulate a spring grad: Here's your big chance to do so publicly! Click here, then...more

Provost Sheerer Moves to Teaching

April 24, 2020—As Provost Sheerer steps down from her administrative duties and moves to teaching in the doctoral program for educational leadership in the Watson College of Education, she shares her love for teaching, what about the transition makes her nervous, and her appreciation for being able to contribute to the university in her own unique way...more

Registrar Offers List of Courses Exempt from P/F

April 9, 2020—The Office of the Registrar announced that Academic Affairs is now able to make available to students and advisors a final list of the few courses and programs exempted from the Pass/Fail grading adjustments recently announced. Please click here to see that list. Except for those students...more

Winebrake Named Provost

April 8, 2020—Dr. James J. Winebrake has been named Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, effective July 1, 2020, the University of North Carolina Wilmington announced today. An award-winning educator and experienced administrator, Winebrake has served as...more

OCE Award Nomination Deadline Extended

March 27, 2020—The Office of Community engagement announced that the UNCW OCE Community Partner Award for Excellence in University Engagement, and UNCW OCE Faculty/Staff Award for Excellence in Community Engagement nomination deadline has been extended to April 15th

Applications are available on InfoReady.

Policy Adjustments Announced

March 25, 2020Academic Affairs Policy Adjustments Related to COVID-19: In these extremely challenging academic circumstances,the Provost and the Deans have been working with Faculty Senate leadership to modify academic policies to promote the resiliency and flexibility needed to meet current challenges while continuing to foster faculty and...more

Dr. Christine Pesetski Named Director of University College

March 24, 2020—Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Paul Townend, announced:

I hope you'll allow me a moment to share some good news, in the midst of an otherwise challenging time.

On behalf of Undergraduate Studies I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Christine PesetskiDr. Christine Pesetski as the new Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Director of University College. 

Christine has demonstrated that she thrives on new challenges and opportunities and is dedicated to supporting the University College staff and the students they work with.  She has shown great dedication and energy in her interim role and is more than ready to lead University College and UNCW in strengthening our partnerships across this campus in ways that will make a difference for students.

Dr. Pesetski will oversee the critical advising and mentoring responsibilities for all incoming first-year undergraduate students and for many UNCW transfer students.  She will also take a leading role in advancing undergraduate student success more broadly at UNCW and supporting Undergraduate Studies as it looks to strengthen and coordinate advising practices across campus, manage curricular change, and support the advising and development of high impact practices in teaching and learning.

Dr. Pesetski joined UNCW in November 2018 as Associate Director of University College.  Dr. Pesetski obtained her Ph.D. in Educational Research and Policy Analysis at North Carolina State University, and her Masters in Education specializing in College Counseling and Student Affairs at the University of Delaware. 

Dr. Pesetski has served very ably over the past academic year as the Interim Director, and our university and our students are fortunate that, after she excelled in a national search, she has accepted the role on a permanent basis and added Assistant Dean duties in Undergraduate Studies to her portfolio. We will host a welcome event for her whenever we are able to again gather as a team. In the meantime, please join me in congratulating her.

Thank you for all you continue to do to keep our colleagues and students afloat.aculty are invited to nominate fellow faculty members for the 2020 Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award now throug

Coronavirus Guidance from UNC System Office

March 11, 2020--The UNC System Office outlined guidance today for all campuses responding to Coronavirus in relation to campus operations, extended spring break and alternative methods for instruction. A website with updates and resources is now available and a detailed message and FAQ's can be found here.

Submit Nominations for the Faculty Scholar Award

February 10, 2020—Faculty are invited to nominate fellow faculty members for the 2020 Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award now through February...more

Research Collider Workshop Scheduled

February 7, 2020—The Office of Research and Innovation and Randall Library will be Imaging Research Colliderco-hosting a Faculty Research Collider workshop on Wednesday, February 19 from 12:45-2:45 in the Azalea Coast Rooms A&B. This event will provide a mechanism for UNCW faculty to connect, learn about each other’s research, scholarship, and creative work, and develop new innovative ideas and potential collaboration. This event will be focused around the interdisciplinary theme of imaging...more

Operation Valentine: Send Greetings to Oldest Living WWII Vet

February 4, 2020—The Office of Military Affairs is sponsoring 'Operation Valentine' for a 104 year Valentines for Vetold, WWII decorated Marine who wishes to receive as many valentines as possible this February 14.  Feel free to create any type of valentine you wish. Drop-in to the Military Resource Lounge all day Tuesday, Feb. 4 or Wednesday, Feb. 5 and visit here for a toucing video on this effort and Major Bill White reported to be the oldest living Marine.

Doctoral Transition Workshops Offered

February 4-5, 2020—The Doctoral Transition Task Force has organized two workshops for the campus community to consider the changing needs following our R2 designation. The workshops will provide a structured discussion of important topics to inform the task force’s report. Open to faculty, staff, students, alumni, and any campus constituents who want to provide input and ideas related to the transition.

Hoggard Medal for Achievement Nominations Sought

January 23, 2020—Nominations are being sought for the Hoggard Medal for Achievement. This medal, presented through the generosity of the late Dr. John T. Hoggard, is awarded annually to the graduating senior who, in the opinion of the faculty, has shown the most improvement during his or  her years at the university. This honor is given in recognition of...more

Nominations for Teaching and Service Awards Due

November 26, 2019—Provost Marilyn Sheerer officially opened nominations for three prestigious teaching and service awards. The call to department chairpersons, school directors, faculty, staff, students, and alumni included details for submitting nominations by January 23, 2020. The full memo can be found here along with information for faculty about the Hoggard Medal for Achievement.

Excellence in eLearning Faculty Showcase Dec. 5

November 18, 2019—the Office of Distance Education announced today that the top three finalists for the 2019 Excellence in eLearning Award will be showcased on Thursday, December 5 from 2-4 p.m. in Hoggard Hall, Room 133A. The finalists are:

Excellence in eLearning Faculty Showcase
Dr. Ashlee Balena World Languages & Cultures College of Arts & Sciences
Dr. April Bice School of Nursing College of Health & Human Services
Dr. Midori Albert Anthropology College of Arts & Sciences

The faculty will be on hand to guide guests through a tour of their online courses and discuss their experiences.

The Excellence in eLearning Award is presented by Distance Education and eLearning to recognize one faculty member annually for outstanding online course design.  Evaluated using the Quality Matters rubric, fellow UNCW faculty members serve as peer reviewers to score the recipient based on innovative course design, usability, accessibility, and employment of student-centered, research-based practice.                                                                           

Light refreshments provided.

Interim SPARC Leadership Announced

November 1, 2019—In a communication to university leaders and as announced to the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance (SPARC) and associated units, Dr. Stuart Borrett Justine Reelrelayed the following message:

Colleagues, Our search and recruitment of a new Director of SPARC is underway and the search committee has invited candidates to interview later this month.  I am hopeful that we will have a permanent SPARC director in place in January 2020.  I am grateful to Pam Whitlock for serving as the Interim SPARC Director since July, and I am sad to announce that, as we initially agreed, Oct. 31 was her last day in this role.   I really appreciate her continued service to UNCW, and I know she is excited to return to her retirement activities.

Today, I am pleased to announce that effective immediately, Dr. Justine Reel will serve as the part-time Interim Director for SPARC.  In this role, Dr. Reel will provide the overall leadership andJohn Finn supervision for all SPARC activities and serve as the primary Authorized Official for all UNCW sponsored programs activities, including grant award/contract negotiation and acceptance.  In addition, Mr. John Finn will serve as the Acting Assistant Director of SPARC.  In this role, Mr. Finn will assist the SPARC director by leading contract and grant negotiations and help the director oversee university compliance with regulations, policies, and laws that govern externally sponsored programs and research activities.  I am confident that Dr. Reel and Mr. Finn will make a great leadership team for SPARC.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Reel and Mr. Finn in their new roles.

4th Annual Fall Social and Food Drive in Alderman Hall

October 30, 2019—The fourth annual Faculty & Staff Fall Social and Food Drive is scheduled in Alderman Hall on Monday, November 25 from 11:30am to 1:30pm. The administrative team invites all Fall Social 2019 Invitefaculty and staff to stop in for a slice of pie an hot mulled cider in exchange for a non-perishable food donation. This event provides dozens of bags of nourishing food for the needy in our area and is a collaborative effort with the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement's help collecting and distributing the food. Four super-sized mums will be raffled off in addition to a Thanksgiving dinner for eight courtesy of Campus Dining--and you may even have a photo opportunity with Sammy Seahawk. Click here for the invitation.

Fall Meeting Honors Exemplary Faculty

Amy TaylorSeptember 12, 2019 - Faculty members were honored for their achievements in teaching, research and scholarship at the annual fall faculty meeting on Sept. 12. After welcoming remarks by Chancellor Sartarelli, Provost Sheerer announced the award recipients including the BOT Teaching Excellence award recipient Amy Taylor of Watson College's department of EEMLS. The news release can be found here and the presentation can be found here.

Hurricane Dorian General Info Page

September 3, 2019 - The University published a webpage today that includes general information Hurricane Dorianand resources related to Hurricane Dorian. Additional information, such as FAQs, may be added as the weather situation unfolds. Campus will be closed as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, September 3 with mandatory evacuation and will re-open when authorities have evaluated the impacts from the storm...more

Fall Faculty Meeting August 12 in Lumina Theater

Fall Faculty Meeting Graphic 2019August 30, 2019 - The fall faculty meeting will begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 12 in Lumina Theater. Recipients of a number of awards for excellence in teaching, scholarship and public service will be announced. In addition, faculty with five or more years of service at UNCW will be recognized. Link to agenda and faculty recognized for years of service. Last year's award winners can be found here.

Academic Affairs and Office of Research and Innovation Welcome A.C.E. Fellow

August 23, 2019 - The Office of the Provost and the Office of Research and Innovation welcome Omar FaisonDr. M. Omar Faison from Virginia State University (VSU) as Fellow of the American Council on Education (A.C.E.). He will spend Fall 2019 working closely with Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Dr. Stuart Borrett, and Provost Marilyn Sheerer. Dr. Faison serves as Assistant Vice President of Research at VSU and...more

Additional Appointments in the Office of Academic Affairs

July 15, 2019 - Thank you for the positive feedback I’ve received since announcing several changes in Academic Affairs leadership last week. I’m certain you will be equally pleased with a couple of additions to the list!

Please join me in welcoming Nate Miner to the role of Associate Vice Chancellor for Resource Management, effective August 1.

Nate is currently assistant dean for finance and resource management in the College of Health and Human Services. He previously served as assistant director for business operations, as well as the assistant director of housing operations, within the Office of Housing and Residence Life. He holds both a bachelor’s and master’s from UNCW and won the 2017 UNCW Staff Award for Excellence.

As AVCRM, Nate will direct the daily operations of the Academic Affairs Resource Office, manage division budgets and finances, as well as coordinate related division-wide budgetary activities. In addition, he will provide counsel and advise his senior staff and deans of the most effective and efficient planning regarding resource needs and usage; coordinate the annual process to assess and award salary adjustments within Academic Affairs; collaborate with HR on classification and compensation decisions; and coordinate budget logistics for summer school and distance education courses.

With his previous roles on campus, Nate has established the respect and relationships needed to work with various units and levels of leadership. Please also join me in extending a huge thank you to David Ulaszek. Dave arrived at UNCW in 2014 as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Resource Management before becoming the associate vice chancellor a year ago. David has provided excellent service to our division. His knowledge of budgets and finance has guided us through many challenges, and his collaborative work within AA and across the university has been exemplary.

In other staffing news, Dr. Carol McNulty has been appointed Special Assistant to the Provost, effective August 1. As a reassigned faculty member on a part-time basis, Carol will assume a variety of administrative duties related to the academic arena. She will be housed in AA in Alderman and will be available 20 hours a week. Dr. McNulty is an associate professor in the Watson College of Education and most recently served as the Interim Graduate Dean.

Thank you in advance for supporting Nate and Carol as they transition into these new roles!

Retirement Reception for Woody Sutton July 26

July 12, 2019 - Provost Marilyn Sheerer and Associate Provost for Institutional Research & Planning, Andy Mauk, invite colleagues to a farewell reception for Woody Sutton of Space Planning & Management.

In a recent message to campus, Provost Sheerer wrote: I would like to thank Campus Space Planner Woody Sutton for his nearly 30 years of service as he prepares to retire from UNCW. His last day will be July 26, after which he will relocate to Texas to become Director of Space Management and Analysis at the University of Houston. As most of you know, on top of the rest of his accomplishments here, Woody had the challenging task of finding space on campus to relocate faculty and staff who were displaced by Hurricane Florence, and did so in a way that allowed us to reopen and recover much more effectively than we could have otherwise. We wish him well in his new position.

Woody Sutton Retirement Reception

Changes in Academic Affairs

July 9, 2019 - Provost Sheerer issued the following message addressing changes in the Office of Academic Affairs:

As we prepare for a new academic year, we will be welcoming colleagues into new leadership roles. The importance of each of these leadership positions cannot be overstated, and as such, a lot of time has gone into making decisions that will move us forward in our academic mission while causing the least amount of disruption for our faculty, staff and students. We will also be bidding farewell to a long-serving Seahawk, whom we will miss dearly.

I should also officially share that I plan to step back to faculty next summer. This was something I’d always planned to do after serving in the provost role for 5 years, and I am eager to begin my “second life” at UNCW as a Watson College of Education faculty member. I am certain that my experience as your provost for the past several years will help inform my work moving forward. I am grateful to all of you for the lessons I’ve learned about what it means to be a UNCW faculty member, and I am eager to be shoulder to shoulder with you at the 2020-21 convocation!

I am pleased to announce the following appointments:

Dr. Stuart Borrett has been named Associate Provost for Research and Innovation, effective immediately. Dr. Borrett has served as Interim Associate Provost for Research and President of the UNCW Research Foundation since last year. In his new role, Dr. Borrett will be UNCW’s chief research officer, assisting the university leadership in developing, coordinating and growing research activities. He will also oversee the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He came to UNCW in 2007 and brings to his new role a record of academic research accomplishments and leadership experience, as well as enthusiasm for helping UNCW continue to build its research capacity.

Senior Associate Provost Rich Ogle will become Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, effective Aug. 1, as Dean Volety departs for his new role at Elon University. Dr. Ogle has been an invaluable member of my team since 2017, serving a dual role as deputy provost and the senior enrollment officer. He began his career as faculty in the Department of Psychology in 2002.  He served as Graduate Coordinator from 2009-2011 and Department Chair from 2011-2015. Dr. Ogle also served as CAS Associate Dean for Faculty Policy and Enrollment Management from 2015-17.

The CAS leadership team has worked tirelessly to bring the College to its current position of strength. It is vital to maintain this position and to move forward with stability. I believe that Dr. Ogle’s leadership experience at the institutional level and knowledge of both the administrative and academic aspects of CAS will help ensure this strength and stability. As much as it creates a hole for me at the Academic Affairs level, the need to maintain the strength of CAS takes precedent. Rich will continue to oversee enrollment management (Admissions, Registrar and Scholarships and Financial Aid), and I will absorb many of his other current duties.

Graduate School Dean Chris Finelli  will take on additional duties as Executive Director of Marine Sciences, overseeing the Center for Marine Science, the Shellfish Research Hatchery and MARBIONC on the Myrtle Grove campus, as well as the finfish mariculture center on Wrightsville Beach. Dr. Finelli is a former chair of the Department of Biology and Marine Biology and a former interim chair of Mathematics and Statistics, and has the breadth of experience to lead the continued growth and prominence of marine sciences at UNCW. His appointment is effective Aug. 1.

Dr. Lynn Leonard will serve as the Director of the Center for Marine Science, effective Aug. 1. As a member of the Ten Million Dollar Club and former chair of the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Dr. Leonard brings to her new role a reputation for leadership and advancement of research. As Dr. Martin Posey returns to the faculty to devote more time to teaching and research, I would like to thank him for his service and leadership as CMS Director for the past three-and-a-half years.

Dr. Christine Pesetski has been named Interim Director of University College. She has served as associate director since 2018. Dr. Pesetski brings energy and leadership experience to her new role, as well as a deep and growing understanding of UC personnel and practices. She will work closely with Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Undergraduate Studies Paul Townend while the university conducts a search for a new director.

Please join me in congratulating each of these individuals on their new leadership roles. I am confident that their expertise, experience and passion for education and research will help UNCW fulfill the priorities laid out in the 2016-21 Strategic Plan.

Finally, I would like to thank Campus Space Planner Woody Sutton for his nearly 30 years of service as he prepares to retire from UNCW. His last day will be July 26, after which he will relocate to Texas to become Director of Space Management and Analysis at the University of Houston. As most of you know, on top of the rest of his accomplishments here, Woody had the challenging task of finding space on campus to relocate faculty and staff who were displaced by Hurricane Florence, and did so in a way that allowed us to reopen and recover much more effectively than we could have otherwise. Plans are underway for a reception (look for the invitation in SWOOP), and in the meantime, we wish him well in his new position.

We will begin national searches for a provost and a dean of the College of Arts and Sciences this fall, and, of course, your input and participation in that process will be critical. Thank you for your continued passion, support and collaboration as we head into 2019-20!

Farewell Reception for Panda Powell Planned July 3

June 27, 2019 - Interim Associate Provost for Research Stuart Borrett invited colleagues to a farewell reception for SPARC Director, Panda Powell on July 3 with the following message:

I’m writing today to share some good news for one of our longtime colleagues, but news that certainly represents a loss for UNCW.

Panda Powell, director of the UNCW Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance, is leaving the university to serve as the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Research Services at North Carolina A&T State University. Her last day in the office will be July 3. UNCW has benefited greatly from Panda’s extensive knowledge of research administration. During her nearly 10 years here, Panda led the statewide University of North Carolina System initiative to transfer information from electronic grants management system to Banner and worked with colleagues at the University of Tyumen in Russia to expand our relationships with global partners. Plans filling her role will be announced on the research website in the coming weeks, and please look for an invitation to our farewell coffee reception in Panda’s honor. In the meantime, I hope you’ll join me in thanking Panda for her years of Seahawk service, and in congratulating her on this new and exciting step in her career!

Panda Powell Farewell Reception

OMA Joanna DeMott as Program Coordinator at NRAS

June 19, 2019 - The office of Military Affairs welcomes Joanna DeMott as Program Coordinator for admissions at the New River Air Station in Jacksonville, NC. Joanna comes from several generations of war veterans and will serve active-duty military and their families to advise the on UNCW programs and completing the admissions process...more

J. Marshall Crews Nominations Open Until August 1

June 18, 2019 - Nomination for J. Marshall Crews Distinguished Faculty Award are open through August 1 according to UNCW's Alumni Association. This award honors faculty who exhibit the qualities of service and leadership that Dr. Crews personified throughout his life. Nominations may be submitted by alumni, faculty, staff, students, or...more

UNCW Appoints Christopher Finelli Graduate School Dean

June 5, 2019 - Christopher M. Finelli, professor of marine biology and interim chair of the Department of Graduate School DeanMathematics and Statistics, has been named dean of the UNCW Graduate School. His appointment is effective July 1. “As a doctoral university with high research activity, it is critical we have proven innovative academic leaders, and I am delighted we have secured Chris for this key position,” said Provost Marilyn Sheerer. “I want to extend my gratitude to the search committee and congratulate Chris on his new role.”

During his 12-year tenure at UNCW, Finelli has taught courses and mentored students at all levels of the curriculum. He has provided leadership to both...more

Jeanine Mingé Appointed AVC for Community Engagement

May 28, 2019 - After a national search, Jeanine M. Mingé has been appointed to the position Jeanine Minge AVC for CEof associate vice chancellor for community engagement at UNCW, the university announced today. Mingé, who will begin her new role July 15, 2019, is coming to UNCW from a similar position at California State University, Northridge.

In this position, Mingé will oversee programs, offices and partnerships that connect the talent and resources of the university to the academic, creative, service interests and needs of the broader community. She will also provide leadership in supporting the promotion of cultural arts and will work with numerous...more

Memorial Day Message from the Office of Military Affairs

May 27, 2019 - Memorial Day is a federal holiday designed to give Americans the time to reflect upon and honor the sacrifices of those who gave their lives through military service that we might continue the great American Military Affairsexperiment. Some of us choose to participate in Memorial day events (find a ceremony here), while others choose to take a few quiet minutes with family or on their own to remember the fallen. In a time when many Americans hold no personal connections to the military, the community of UNCW, with more than 2,100 military-affiliated students, recognizes the solemnity of the occasion in a way that others may not.

Memorial day is, however, a celebration; we take this time to celebrate the faithful dedication of the few who gave their lives for the many, and aspire to similar levels of courage and generosity in our own lives. Whether you have a connection to the military or not, please take a moment to be mindful of what the service and sacrifice of loved ones or strangers has meant for your life, and celebrate their spirits in whatever way you see fit. 

Forums Scheduled for University Associate Provost of Research and Innovation Finalists

April 18, 2019-The search committee announced today that open forums for University Associate Provost of Research and Innovation Candidates will begin May 7. 

Three candidates for will begin visiting campus on Tuesday May 7 and conclude May 13. Each candidate will also provide an open forum presentation as part of their interview schedule entitled, “Please discuss your leadership approach to navigate the transition to Doctoral University/High Research Activity (R2) while managing the challenges and taking advantages of the strengths that are unique to UNCW” followed by a question and answer period and informal networking session. Curriculum Vitaes are accessible by choosing the candidate’s name below. 

Candidate Open Forums


Open Forum Recording


Ana de Bettencourt-Dias

Tuesday, May 07, 1:30-3P


Stuart Borrett

Thursday, May 09, 1:30-3P


Carol Burdsal

Monday, May 13, 2-3P


 Feedback surveys and open forum recordings are now available above.

Details on the University Associate Provost of Research and Innovation position can be found here.

The search committee is chaired by Dr. Justine Reel, CHHS Associate Dean for Research and Innovation.

AVC for Community Engagement Candidate Open Forums and Feedback Surveys Available Now

April 8, 2019--The Office of Academic Affairs thanks everyone who participated in interviews and open forums of our three candidates for the Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement. This is a vital role to UNCW’s strategic plan and we hope that you will provide feedback on each candidate. Please click on the links below to watch the recorded open forums and to access the survey.  We would appreciate all feedback by Monday, April 15, 2019. Further information and the job posting can be found here.

Candidate Feedback

Candidate Select candidate's name to access their CV.

Open Forum-TL 1053 Feedback
Dr. Jeanine Minge

Monday, April 1, 1-2 p.m.

Dr. Daniel Ennis Thursday, April 4, 3-4 p.m.
Dr. Rena Cotsones Monday, April 8, 1-2 p.m.
Senior Associate Provost, Dr. Rich Ogle serves as the search committee chair.

2019 Spring Semester Faculty Meeting

Spring Faculty Meeting Invitation

Campus Visits for AVC for Community Engagement Candidates

The Office of Academic Affairs welcomes three candidates for the Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement position to campus for visits beginning April 1. Part of each candidate’s itinerary will include an open forum presentation and all faculty and staff are invited to attend. The open forum dates are listed below and candidates' credentials can be accessed by selecting their names. Each forum will be held in the Teaching Lab, Room 1053.

Candidate Feedback

Monday, April 1, 1-2 p.m.:

Dr. Jeanine Minge, current Director of Community Engagement @ California State University, Northridge

Thursday, April 4, 3-4 p.m.:

Dr. Daniel Ennis, current Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts and Vice President for Academic Outreach @ Coastal Carolina University

Monday, April 8, 1-2 p.m.:

Dr. Rena Cotsones, current Associate Vice President for Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development @ Northern Illinois University

All open forums will be recorded and made available after April 8. Further information and the job posting can be found here.

Senior Associate Provost, Dr. Rich Ogle serves as the search committee chair.

Invitation - Fixed Term Task Force Open Fora

March 21, 2019

Dear UNCW Colleagues,

As announced in the December 2018 Faculty Senate meeting, in support of requests from the Faculty Senate Welfare Committee and the Provost’s Advisory Committee, Academic Affairs appointed a task force focused on assessing and understanding the variability across UNCW of policies and practices regarding the work conditions, status and advancement of fixed-term faculty (Lecturers). 

The task force has the following goals:

  1. Study the variability in policies and practices across UNCW.
  2. Study the variability in policies and practices across the UNC System.
  3. Study the variability in policies and practices across peer institutions.
  4. Identify best-practices in evolving and integrating fixed-term faculty into the various levels of faculty governance.
  5. Provide recommendations to the Provost that will allow for a better balance between consistency of policy/practice and department/disciplinary culture.

An important element of this processes is to hear the voice of all of our full-time faculty (tenure-track, tenured, Lecturers, etc.).  In addition to completing planned surveys, the task force hopes you will share your voice through participation in one of four scheduled open for.

Each open forum will be an opportunity for full-time faculty to share and discuss the following:

    1. The experience of fixed-term faculty at UNCW.
    2. The current role of fixed-term faculty at UNCW.
    3. The evolution of the role of fixed-term faculty at UNCW.  

The dates, times and locations of these meetings are listed below.

  • Monday, April 1, 3:30-4:30 p.m. MO 100
  • Tuesday, April 2, 8-9 a.m. CIS 1008
  • Thursday, April 4, 8-9 a.m. CIS 1008
  • Friday April 5, 2-3 p.m. MO 100

On behalf of Provost Sheerer and the task force, I look forward to seeing you and having this important conversation.

Rich Ogle, Senior Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

Associate Director of Honors College Announced

March 1, 2019—The Dean of Undergraduate Studies and The Honors College is pleased Eva Mehl Honors Assoc Directorto announce the appointment of Dr. Eva Mehl as the new Associate Director of Honors. Dr. Mehl is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of History and has been at UNCW since 2011. She holds two PhDs, one in Latin American history from University of California Davis, and another in European History from the University of Alicante (Spain). She received her M.A. in History from Universidad International de Andalucia. 

Dr. Mehl has most recently served as the Undergraduate Coordinator in the History Department, where she has taught a range of graduate and undergraduate courses, including “Science, Culture and Power,” “European Exploration and Gender Issues,” and “History of US-Latin American Relations.”  As an active member of the Honors faculty, Dr. Mehl has offered Honors courses, supported the thesis process, and mentored undergraduate research funded through SURCA. Her own research examines trans-oceanic and trans-regional perspectives, with a focus on connections between Colonial Spain, China, the Philippines and Mexico. This includes a recent book published by Cambridge University Press, Forced Migration in the Spanish Pacific World: From Mexico to the Philippines, 1765-1811.  

As the Honors College aims to increase its focus on global citizenship and broaden its recruitment of students, Dr. Mehl is ready to bring her unique set of skills and perspectives: “Having taught Honors students for 7 years as a professor in the History department, I am very excited to join the UNCW Honors College in its new journey. With my multicultural personal and professional background, I am particularly looking forward to encouraging Honors students to develop a global perspective and providing them with the unique, challenging, and diverse college experience they expect when they come to us.”  A reception welcome Dr. Mehl to her new role in the Honors College will be held later this spring.

IDEA Course Evaluation Campus Visit Scheduled

February 7, 2019—The Faculty Senate Evaluation Committee invite faculty to A IDEA LogoDAY with IDEA on February 27th from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. This is an interactive session with IDEA, our course evaluation instrument provider and partner designed for Instructors-of-Record, Deans, Chairs, Advisors and Students. The visit will feature Chase Cookson, IDEA Campus and Faculty Development Specialist and the breakout sessions include:

Meet with Deans and Chairs
Meet with Deans & Chairs   8:20-9:20 a.m.
Meet with Evaluation Committee   9:30-10:30 a.m.
Meet with Faculty   10:30-11:25 a.m.
Meet with SGA & Advisors   11:30-12:20 p.m.

To register, please click here. (Or copy this link in your search bar: All sessions will take place in EB 162. And a flyer can be found here.

*This is a Faculty Senate Evaluation Committee event. Course evaluation policy and procedures are governed by the Faculty. IRP/IE is a support office, and facilitator of the tool. All decisions and policy-related questions should be channeled through the Faculty Senate.

For questions, please contact the Chair of the Faculty Evaluation Committee, Graciela Espinosa-Hernández, Ph D or Dr. Kelly Jackson Charles, Director of Institutional Effectiveness.

Submit Nominations for the Faculty Scholar Award

January 28, 2019—Faculty are invited to nominate fellow faculty members for the 2019 Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award now through February...more

Hoggard Medal for Achievement Call for Nominations

January 23, 2019—Nominations are being sought for the Hoggard Medal for Achievement. This medal, presented through the generosity of the late Dr. John T. Hoggard, is awarded annually to the graduating senior who, in the opinion of the faculty, has shown the most improvement during his or her years...more 

Teamwork for Food Bank Produces Three Tons

December 14, 2018Food Bank Team AAUNCW volunteers packed food boxes at Food Bank of Central & Eastern  North Carolina this morning as part of our 24/7 Community Service initiative! #NoOneGoesHungry #EngageUNCW #SENCStrong Food Bank officials estimated that three tons and over 10,000 cans of food were assembled and will be distributed through partner agencies in the region.

Search for AVC for Community Engagement

December 14, 2018—Rich Ogle, Senior Associate Provost and chair of the search committee for Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement, announced today that advertising for this position has begun and will run through February 1. The AVC CE position has been filled on an interim basis by Ms. Kristen Brogdon who is also director of the Office of the Arts. Part of the job description includes coordinating the engagement efforts of the university and managing several community-facing units including OLLI, QENO, Continuing Professional Education and Summer School. Details and a full job posting for the AVC for Community Engagement can be found here.

Staff Senate Awards Six Scholarships

December 12, 2018—The UNCW Staff Senate distributed six Spring 2018 scholarship awards to kick Staff Senate 2019 Spring Scholarshipsoff their December 12 meeting. Awards are $500 each and go to employees who apply online. Dependents and spouses of staff are also eligible. This year's recipients were; Scot Kelly-Academic Affairs, Melinda Cooper-Philosophy and Religion, Ashley Grindstaff-Watson College of Education, Meghan Osborne-University Advancement, Michel Shackelford-Human Resources, and Carly Wilson-University College.

Nominations for Teaching and Service Awards Due

November 26, 2018—Provost Marilyn Sheerer officially opened nominations for three Awardsprestigious teaching and service awards. The call to department chairpersons, school directors, faculty, staff, students, and alumni included details for submitting nominations by January 23, 2019. The full memo can be found here along with information for faculty to submit nominations for the Hoggard Medal for Achievement that honors a deserving graduating senior in the spring.

Honors College Associate Director Search

November 26, 2018—The Honors College is now accepting applications for Associate Director. This is a 12-month position requiring the rank of associate professor or above with tenure. Candidates must possess strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills. Experience in honors teaching and honors project supervision is a plus.

Administrative duties of the Associate Director are listed in the position description.

Direct application materials, including a cover letter, CV, and statement of Honors philosophy to the internal search here.

University Registrar Campus Visits Complete

November 20, 2018—Four candidates for the University Registrar position have completed campus visits and their open forum recordings and feedback surveys are ready for review. Each of the four candidates met with various campus constituents including the Registrar’s Office, faculty and staff, students, administrators, deans, faculty senate and more. Each candidate also provided an open forum presentation on: “What is the role of the Registrar both within the larger academic enterprise of a University and in the specific context of strategic enrollment management?” CV’s and letters of interest are accessible by choosing a candidate’s name below along with recordings and feedback surveys. 

Candidate Feedback


Open Forum




Amanda Fleming

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 9:30am

James Hall 102 Audit



Velma Burden

Friday, Nov. 9, 8:30am

James Hall 102 Audit



Jana Boatright

Friday, Nov. 16, 8:30am

James Hall 102 Audit



John Freeman Whitney

Tuesday, Nov. 20, 9:30am

James Hall 102 Audit



The feedback survey and recorded open forums for the University Registrar candidates are live. They will close at 2:00pm on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018. 

Details on the University Registrar position can be found here.

Nanosatellite Seahawk 1 Launches Monday

November 19, 2018SATELLITE LAUNCH WAS CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE UNCW professor John M. Morrison’s nanosatellite, SeaHawk-1, is ready for launch. Spaceflight, a mission management provider, anticipates launching SeaHawk-1 as part of a rideshare mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

A satellite launch livestream viewing event will take place Monday, Nov. 19 from 1-2 p.m. in the Fisher Student Center. Light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome to attend.

Further information is available here.

Stop by for a Slice of Pie in Alderman Hall

October 31, 2018—In the spirit of Fall SocialThanksgiving, the administrative team in Alderman Hall invites all faculty and staff to stop in on Monday, November 19 between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for a slice of pie in exchange for a non-perishable food donation. This is the third annual event that netted over 34 bags of food for a local charity last year. Campus Dining will again donate a Thanksgiving dinner for eight and the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement will assist in gathering and distributing the food donations. Click here for the invitation.

Fall Faculty Meeting Re-scheduled

October 31, 2018—Fall Faculty Meeting will take place on Thursday, November 29 at 3:30 p.m. in Lumina Theater. This is a rescheduled event due to its cancellation during Hurricane Florence. Several faculty will be recognized with prestigious awards and for their years of service to the university. Agenda, Award Winners, and Years of Service Presentation

Plan for Making Up Classroom Instructional Minutes

October 1, 2018—The Office of Academic Affairs announced today its plan for making up missed instructional minutes due to campus closing during Hurricane Florence. The plan is based on the cancellation of Fall Break and Reading Day along with adjusted class start and finish times. Click here for details.

UNCW Veteran Student Selected for SVA Leadership Institute

August 31, 2018—UNCW student and U.S. Marine veteran, Jay Richardson, was selected as one of 100 students from among 3,000 chapters of the Student Veterans of America to attend the SVA Leadership Institute this month in Washington, DC.

“Jay is a passionate leader who inspires individuals, teams, and communities,” said Bill Kawczynski, Director of UNCW’s Office of Military Affairs.  “He is an analytical and strategic problem solver with a proven SVA Leadership Institutetrack record of innovation, event planning and program development,” Kawczynski continued. Richardson is currently a third year Computer Information Technology major with a minor in Cybersecurity. He currently serves as the UNCW Student Veterans Organization Vice-president, the Cyber Defense Competition Team Captain, and is the Cyber Defense Club Secretary.

“I am honored to have been selected and SVA’s Leadership Institute is the premier foundational leadership experience in the country for student veterans," commented Richardson. The institute brings together the nation’s high-achieving Chapter Leaders for a multi-day, values based, leadership immersion program. President George W. Bush was a guest teacher at last year’s Leadership Institute.

The 2018 Student Veterans of America Leadership Institute is sponsored by Prudential and will take place at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce September 20-23.

Distance Education Vice Chancellor Named

Jeremy Dickerson AVC DEJeremy Dickerson ’97, ’99M has been named UNCW Associate Vice Chancellor for Distance Education following a national search, the university announced today. In this role, he will report to Provost Marilyn Sheerer and provide leadership and guidance to the university’s online and distance learning programs, including the Office of e-Learning and the Onslow...more