Watson Chronicle

WATSON COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Congratulations to All Fall 2019 Graduates

In December, 132 students earned degrees from the Watson College of Education, including 75 enrolled in graduate-level programs. The Watson College held a reception for graduates and their families on December 13, the evening before commencement. WCE’s 10 doctoral graduates were honored at a reception on December 11. more...

Watson College News

WCE Launches Strategic Initiative, ‘Charting the Course’

Eighty-five faculty and staff members participated in a “Charting the Course, Navigating the Future” summit at the Watson College on January 7. Denise Henning and the WCE Leadership Team used Appreciative Inquiry to guide small group discussions of WCE strengths, opportunities and aspirations. Additional reflective meetings with a broad range of stakeholders are planned. The goal of the initiative is to establish new strategic directions to guide the work of the Watson College. more...

WCE’s PDS Featured in National NAPDS Spotlight

WCE’s Professional Development System was featured in a National Association for Professional Development Schools’ Partnership Spotlight in January. WCE’s PDS is a school-university partnership with 12 school districts in Southeastern North Carolina. PDS supports professional learning that begins with the recruitment of future teachers and supports development throughout their career. more...

Chancellor Sartarelli, Dean Dempsey Join NHC Team on Visit to Apple

UNCW Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli and Watson College Dean Van Dempsey joined local education, government and business leaders on a visit to Apple Computer’s corporate headquarters in Cupertino, California in January. Chamber of Commerce CEO Natalie English organized the trip to explore emerging technologies for use in both schools and workforce education programs in the Cape Fear Region. more...

2020-21 Student Enrollment Begins at D.C. Virgo

UNCW opened Wilmington’s first K-8 year-round public school at D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy in July 2018. The school offers a family-friendly environment with a focus on the whole child and opportunities that extend to the UNCW campus and broader community. Enrollment for the 2020-21 school year opens February 1. more...

STEM SENC Partners with Kramden to Provide Computers to Families

In an effort to bridge the digital divide, STEM SENC partnered with the Kramden Institute to provide free home computers to 360 families in New Hanover, Pender and Robeson County Schools. UNCW’s STEM LC Director Heddy Clark coordinated the program with liaisons in each district who managed distribution and provided training for students and families. more...

WCE Faculty Honored for Outstanding Mentoring

Tracy Hargrove, Kathleen Schlichting and Chrystalyn Schnoor Goodnight have been selected as recipients of the 2019-20 Discere Aude Award for outstanding mentoring of students. The WCE faculty members were among 15 individuals honored at UNCW’s “Celebration of Teaching” luncheon on January 15. more...

Watson Hosts Retirement Celebration for Jan Siko

Faculty, staff and colleagues across campus gathered in the atrium of the Education Building on January 8 to celebrate the career of Jan Siko. Jan recently retired after serving as executive assistant to six deans of the Watson College. Four former deans – Robert Tyndall, Andrew Hayes, Cathy Barlow and Kenneth Teitelbaum – and Provost Marilyn Sheerer joined Dean Van Dempsey in paying tribute to Jan at the event. more...

Chris Furr Receives Roy E. Harkin Award

Dewey N. “Chris” Furr has been awarded the 2019 Roy E. Harkin Part-Time Faculty Service Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Watson College. Furr is an instructor WCE’s Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education. The award was presented at the Watson College meeting on January 22. more...

Michelle Hafey Selected as NCSLA Science Leadership Fellow

Michelle Hafey has been selected for the 2020-2022 cohort of the NCSLA Science Leadership Fellows Program. The program, led by the North Carolina Science Leadership Association, is designed to foster the development of science education leaders in North Carolina. Hafey is a program associate in UNCW’s Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. more...

Watson College Recognitions

WCE welcomes new colleagues, Janna Robertson and the Forest of DREAMS are featured in Wrightsville Beach Magazine, and graduate students Antonia Johnson and Chelsea Neimann are featured in We Are UNCW. The Watson College is pleased to share these stories and other news. more...

Upcoming Events

Homecoming Champagne Brunch – Feb. 8

Catch up with faculty and fellow alums at the fourth annual homecoming champagne brunch on Feb. 8. The event will feature great food, informational displays and hands-on activities for kids of all ages. more...

Watson College Preview Day – Feb. 29

Do you know someone who wants to be a teacher? The Watson College will host a preview event this spring for high school and transfer students. Parents are welcome too! Preview Days are a great opportunity to learn about our programs and meet faculty and current students. Registration is open. more...

Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad– March 7

The 2020 Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad will be held at Trask Coliseum on the UNCW campus on March 7. WCE’s CESTEM coordinates the annual event in partnership with schools and campus and community volunteers, Nearly 1,000 students will participate in the event, which is free and open to the public. more...

Regional Eggs and Issues Breakfast - March 12

Join us at the Regional Eggs & Issues Breakfast to learn about the most pressing education issues facing North Carolina that will drive policy debate in the upcoming legislative session, and how these issues will affect Southeastern North Carolina. The event will be held in UNCW’s Burney Center. Registration opens February 7. more...

Education Updates and Features

Kevin McClure Discusses ‘Academic Capitalism’ on EdSurge Live

Kevin McClure was a guest speaker on EdSurge Live on November 18, where he discussed ways market forces affect higher education. McClure is an associate professor of higher education in WCE’s Department of Educational Leadership and an expert on higher education finance, management and leadership. more...

News from WCE’s Ed.D. in Higher Education

UNCW is currently accepting fall 2020 applications for WCE’s Ed.D. in Higher Education. Learn more about WCE’s program and read what our Higher Ed doctoral students, faculty and alumni are up to in the most recent Higher Education Ed.D. newsletter. more...

Alumni Award Nominations - Accepted Through April 1

The Watson College Alumni Chapter is currently accepting nominations for the 2020 Watson College of Education Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. The award recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions to education and represent the commitment to excellence typified by the Watson College. more...

Student Opportunities & Student News

Education Networking and Job Fair for WCE Students – March 9

Visit with school district representatives from throughout the region with opportunities in Pre-K-12 teaching! The event, hosted by the UNCW Career Center features a Job Panel at Lumina Theater and a Job Fair in the Burney Center. Learn more about the many opportunities offered by the Career Center. more...

WCE Students Visit Schools in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Six Watson College students traveled to Ethiopia in December, where they had an opportunity to observe in classrooms and teach lessons in three different schools. Heidi Higgins and Meredith Jones led the international field experience, WCE’s third to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. more...

Support for Educators in the Field

WCE Hosts Fall Partnership Teacher Celebration

WCE’s PDS Office held a dinner for partnership teachers, site coordinators and student interns at the Watson College on December 9. Professor Kathy Fox and intern Marissa Hungate were featured speakers, and Onslow County kindergarten teacher Teddye Park was awarded the Roy Harkin Award for excellence as a partnership teacher. more...

Programs for P-12 Students

Youth Programs – Now Hiring Summer Staff and Instructors!

UNCW is currently hiring for Summer 2020 seasonal positions. Job opportunities include residential staff for Summer Ventures in Science and Math, and for MarineQuest. We’re also seeking day instructors for MarineQuest and Engineering Expectations summer camps. Apply today! more...

CESTEM Hosts Regional SeaPerch Competition

Thirty-five teams from Southeastern North Carolina participated in the 2020 Regional Competition, hosted by CESTEM in partnership with UNC Charlotte’s Center for STEM Education. The competition took place at the Dinah E. Gore Aquatics Center on the campus of Brunswick Community College on January 18. more...

Our College Community

Fall 2019 Graduation Reception

The Watson College is pleased to share photos from the reception for fall 2019 graduates and their families. The event was held December 13 at the Watson College. more...

WCE Hosts Reception for Ed.D. Graduates

WCE’s Department of Educational Leadership hosted a reception to honor WCE’s 10 doctoral graduates on Dec. 11. UNCW Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli, Provost Marilyn Sheerer and UNCW Graduate School Dean Christopher Finelli joined Watson College Dean Van Dempsey, WCE faculty, graduates and their families at the event. more...