College of Arts & Sciences

UNCW Names Scatton-Tessier and Boersma Associate Deans in the College of Arts and Sciences

UNCW recently named Michelle Scatton-Tessier and Jess Boersma associate deans in the College of Arts and Sciences. Scatton-Tessier’s appointment began January 1, 2018 and Boersma will assume the role February 1.

Scatton-Tessier has been a faculty member in UNCW’s Department of World Languages and Cultures since 2003. She served as director of the Women’s Studies and Resource Center (WSRC) and chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures. Scatton-Tessier holds a Ph.D. in French from the University of Iowa, a M.A. from The Ohio State University and a B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University. As director of the WSRC, she established the Janet Ellerby Gender Studies Scholarly Award, built the post-baccalaureate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies and collaborated extensively with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. As chair, she managed a department of forty full-time faculty, with four degree programs, and stewarded the University Studies foreign language requirement. She served on the CAS Strategic Plan Committee and as co-chair of the Faculty Senate Handbook Committee.

Boersma earned a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, a Ph.D. from Emory University and conducted post-graduate work in project management and leadership at Stanford University, Wharton and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has managed a diverse applied learning and research portfolio at UNCW with oversight of campus-wide programs in Applied Learning, undergraduate research (SURCA) and social entrepreneurship, as well as the Team for Interdisciplinary Global Research (TIGR). An associate professor in Spanish, Boersma possesses extensive experience in language and sociocultural training and the design of high-impact experiences that drive student success. Boersma will continue to coordinate and direct UNCW’s applied learning initiative as CAS and UGS collaborate to advance UNCW’s commitment to this signature high-impact practice.