New Director, Associate Director Assume Duties at UNCW Centers for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Leadership

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Diana Ashe began her new position as director of the Centers for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Leadership (CTE/FL) at the University of North Carolina Wilmington on Jan. 1. Prior to her appointment, she served as interim director since July 2014.

Before taking on her most recent leadership roles, Ashe, who came to UNCW's Department of English in 2000, received a number of teaching awards, including the Board of Trustees Teaching Excellence Award (2011), the Distinguished Teaching Professorship (2011) and the Chancellor’s Teaching Award (2011). She also was the recipient of the Information Technology Innovations Award in 2005.

Also starting his new post as associate director Jan. 1 is Matt TenHuisen, who has been active with CTE/FL through participation in leadership programs. TenHuisen came to UNCW in 1993 and has served as chair and assistant chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, as well as director of the Math Lab.

“With two strong leaders at the helm at CTE/FL, I am confident there will be even more opportunities for faculty, department chairs, graduate assistants and others to participate in professional development,” Interim Provost Marilyn Sheerer said. “I have been impressed with the way in which the CTE/FL focuses its programs and seminars on the actual identified needs of our faculty, current administrators and future leaders. The sessions are always engaging and motivating and, thus, attendance is robust.”

Under Ashe’s direction in her interim role, 54 new faculty members, 75 graduate assistants and eight new department chairs had the opportunity to participate in orientation and leadership training. CTE/FL also facilitated three conferences, organized 21 teaching-related workshops and hosted 18 book circles.

-- Tricia Vance