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Faculty Highlights, Staff News and Alumni Updates

Monday, November 18, 2013

Susan CatapanoSusan Catapanochair, Department of Educational Leadership (EL), was keynote speaker at the 45th annual Crucial Early Years Institute at the University of Missouri Oct. 19, with a presentation titled, “Mirrors and Windows: Strategies for Enhancing Literacy for Young, Diverse Learners.” Catapano, who also coordinates international programs for the college, is the 2013 recipient of UNCW’s Global Citizenship Award, created to honor contributions of faculty who use their teaching, research and/or service to foster an environment of global engagement.

Florence Martin

Florence Martinassociate professor, Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education (ITFSE), is the recipient with UNCW Spanish faculty of a $25,000 grant from UNC General Administration. The funding enables the foreign languages department to redesign Spanish course offerings (SPN 101) using technology-enhanced pedagogies to improve student learning outcomes.

 Angela Reid GriffinAngela Reid Griffinassociate professor, ITFSE, led a session on the Next Generation Science Standards at the prestigious North Carolina Science Leadership Association Conference in Charlotte Nov. 6. NCSLA, originally organized in 1989, provides opportunities for science educators at all levels to exchange ideas and information, promote the cause of quality science instruction, and influence the creation of policies and legislation.

Amy RottmannAmy RottmannTeaching Fellows program director, is now director of student engagement and recruitment for the Watson College.

William Sterrett

William Sterrettassistant professor, EL authored Short on Time, a follow-up to his 2011 book, Insights into Action. Sterrett’s latest publication, which answers the crucial question, “How do I make time to lead and learn as a principal?” was published by ASCD AriasTM in October.

Staff News

Joy Childs receiving a KUDOS award from human resources for outstanding service to the college and the university.Joy Childs, business services coordinator, WCE business affairs, received a KUDOS award from human resources for outstanding service to the college and the university.

Tanya Malacinski, academic advising coordinator, is the 2013 recipient of the new UNCW Global Staff Certificate, awarded by the Office of International Programs.

Jessica Rivenbark has joined the Watson College as assessment data analyst, filling a key role vacated when Joy Childs moved to business affairs.

Staff Retreat - On Oct. 3, WCE held its second annual Administrative Support Staff Retreat. Key presenters were Steven Harper of the Cameron School of Business on effective time management, Nate Minor from the College of Health and Human Services on developing a shared services model, and Watson College associate dean Carol McNulty, who led the group in team building activities designed to enhance collaboration among WCE staff.

Alumni Updates

Elizabeth Jones (M.S.A. ’13), an eighth grade science teacher and department chair at Roland Grise Middle School, was chosen to serve as chair of Gov. Pat McCrory’s Teacher Advisory Committee in November.

Jennifer Currin (M.Ed. ’09) and Anna Outlaw (B.A. middle grades education ’08) were appointed to the governor’s teacher advisory committee. Currin is the 2013 N.C. Virtual Public School Online Teacher of the Year and finalist for the national level of that competition. Outlaw is district lead teacher of mathematics in Duplin County.

Nicole Martin, 2013 recipient of the North Carolina Science Teachers Association award for Outstanding High School Student TeacherNicole Martin (M.A.T., secondary science education ‘13) is the 2013 recipient of the North Carolina Science Teachers Association award for Outstanding High School Student Teacher. Martin completed an internship at Topsail High School in the spring of 2013 and is a first-year science teacher at Northside High School in Onslow County.