UNCW Names Dana Stachowiak Director of the Women’s Studies and Resource Center

Monday, August 19, 2019

Dana Stachowiak, an associate professor in the Watson College of Education, has been appointed director of the Women’s Studies and Resource Center. 

“Dr. Stachowiak brings to the center two decades of teaching experience, as well as a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion,” said Rich Ogle, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “Her vision to expand the academic impact of the WSRC is well-aligned with UNCW and College of Arts and Sciences strategic plans.” 

As director, she will oversee the women’s and gender studies minor and post-baccalaureate certificate program; develop a research agenda and educational and cultural programming focused on women’s and gender issues; support the research and teaching of affiliated faculty; and administer the center, among other responsibilities. Her work will involve close interaction and collaboration with department chairs, faculty, students and community members. She will report to Ogle. 

Stachowiak is an associate professor of curriculum and instruction in the WCE Department of Educational Leadership. Prior to coming to UNCW in 2016, she was an assistant professor of diversity and multicultural education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She was a classroom teacher and district curriculum specialist in North Carolina before moving to higher education. 

She holds a Ph.D. in educational studies with a concentration in cultural foundations, as well as a graduate certificate in women's and gender studies, from UNC Greensboro. She earned her M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Winthrop University and a B.S. in elementary education from Western Michigan University. 

“Dana’s training, research and service speak to her depth of knowledge and enthusiasm for women’s and gender studies,” Ogle said. 

UNCW is committed to the promoting robust scholarly research and a diverse and inclusive culture, as outlined in the Strategic Plan

-- Tricia Vance