MIT Webinar Series
Coloring the Landscape
It Begins With Teachers
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Watson Mini Sessions
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Instructional Technology Program – Webinar Series 
WCE’s Instructional Technology Program will host a webinar series this spring featuring alumni who will share their career experiences and perspectives. Current students and prospective instructional designers interested in the field are invited to attend. The first event will be held on Feb. 8 from noon – 1 pm. Registration is open! 

Coloring the Landscape

Coloring the Landscape Summit – March 7
UNCW’s Watson College of Education, in partnership with Cape Fear Community College and New Hanover County Schools, will host the Spring 2023 Coloring the Landscape Summit. The event, sponsored by the Watson College and the Public School Forum NC Educator Pipeline Collaborative, will gather future teachers, current and retired educators, school and district leaders, community college partners, university faculty, and local and state organizations committed to the recruitment and retention of educators of color. Registration is open. Learn more >


We are pleased to share with you the latest edition of the Watson Chronicle. We welcome your comments and feedback, and hope you'll join us in sharing the stories of the work of the Watson College with others. Watson Chronicle: Newsletter: UNCW


UNCW’s Watson College of Education Receives CAEP Accreditation 

The Watson College is pleased to announce results of its 2022 accreditation review by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The college has received accreditation status for all undergraduate and graduate level teacher preparation programs, having met rigorous, nationally recognized standards that were developed to ensure excellence in educator preparation programs. 

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Watson College Dean Van Dempsey Re-Appointed to State Education Commission
Van Dempsey, dean of UNCW’s Watson College of Education, has been re-appointed to the Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC). Dr. Dempsey has been a member of PEPSC since its inception in September 2017. The additional two-year appointment was announced by the North Carolina General Assembly on June 30. Read more >


Kevin McClure Named WCE’s Murphy Distinguished Scholar
The Watson College is pleased to announce that Kevin McClure has been named WCE’s Wendy and Dell Murphy Distinguished Scholar. McClure, an associate professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership, will focus his work on examining pandemic-era workplace conditions and experiences of faculty, staff, and administrators at public higher education institutions in North Carolina. The three-year appointment was approved by the UNCW Board of Trustees and awarded in April. Read more >

Best in Nation

WCE Graduate Program in Education Ranked Among Best in the Nation
The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s education program has moved up 25 places on the U.S. News & World Report list of “2023 Best Graduate Schools.” The rankings were announced in March. Read more >


New “It Begins With Teachers” Campaign Has Focus on Diversity
In March, the Watson College introduced an “It Begins with Teachers” campaign focused on attracting a more diverse teacher workforce. WCE is pleased to share new videos featuring Jeremy Buie, Harris Muhlstein, Kimberly Stokes, Fumika Thomas and Evelyn Tovar. UNCW’s media production team created the videos, which will be shared in several markets across North Carolina through May. Read more >

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Feb 8

Instructional Technology Program – Webinar Series 

Online from 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Registration is open >

Feb 11

Homecoming Champagne Brunch

10:30am in Burney Center

Feb 16

MAT in Art Education Session

3pm in Zoom

Feb 17

Beginning Teachers Conference

All day at the Education Building

Feb 18

Watson Preview Day

10am in the Education Building

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