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Razor Walker Nominations – Accepted through December 16
The Watson College is pleased to announce plans for the 29th annual Razor Walker Awards. Each year, it is an honor for the Watson College to recognize and celebrate people whose work enhances the lives of children, families and communities in North Carolina. Nominations for the 2023 awards will be accepted through December 16.

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.

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PBS to Air "Captain Scott B and the Great Adventure”
On August 30th, National Grief Awareness Day, PBS aired "Captain Scott B and the Great Adventure,” a feature-length documentary written and co-produced by Watson College student Betsy Bertram. In the film, Betsy travels from the mountains to the sea of North Carolina exploring family, community, music, food, and nature, as she navigates the grief process following the loss of her father. Read more >

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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 >

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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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