Academic Affairs

Watson College of Education Dean to Transition

from Role of Dean to Faculty

September 25, 2014

Dear UNCW Colleagues,

I am writing today to share the news that Dean Ken Teitelbaum has announced his desire to resign from his role as dean of the Watson College of Education (WCE).His transition to the faculty in the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education will be effective July 1, 2015.

Since taking the position in July 2011, Dean Teitelbaum has made a significant impact on the college, the campus community and beyond. Under Ken's leadership, WCE underwent a very successful national Ken Teitelbaumaccreditation review and received an exemplary achievement award from the National Association for Professional Development Schools. During his tenure, the WCE faculty expanded several academic programs, including new baccalaureate certificates and new specializations for master's and doctoral degrees, as well as unifying separate MEd programs. Ken encouraged connections between the units in his college as well as with the community through a speaker series, open forums, brown-bag lunch discussions, a WCE Advisory Board, and more. Furthermore,Ken co-edited and authored a chapter in the bookSchool Reform Critics: The Struggle for Democratic Schooling(Peter Lang, 2014)this past year and served on the Board of Governors of the Renaissance Group, a national consortium of colleges, universities and a professional organization, with a major commitment to the preparation of educational professionals.

We plan to initiate a national search for Ken's successor this fall, with the goal of a July 1, 2015, start date. More information about the recruitment plans will be announced soon.

Please join me in thanking Dean Teitelbaum for his service.I wish him well as he prepares to return to faculty next fall.


Denise A. Battles

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

University of North Carolina Wilmington

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