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WCE Graduate Students Conduct Research, Present at Conferences

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Lavon Davis and Bethany Meighen

Ed Leadership Students Present at the NCCPA Research Symposium Feb. 7

Five students enrolled in the Educational Leadership Student Development Theory course presented at the North Carolina College Personnel Association (NCCPA) annual Research Symposium Feb. 7. The theme of this year’s event was “A.D.V.I.S.E.  Academic Design is Valued. Individual Strategies are Essential.”

UNCW presenters included Brandon Bell, “The Excellence Project: Peer Pedagogy with African Americans;” Lavon Davis and Bethany Meighen, “Building Your Student Development Toolbox with Sanford and Schlossberg;” Jordon Stone, “Mirror Theory and Its Implications for Advising” and Sarah Teitelbaum, “The Advising of Division III Student Athletes.”

The students’ presentations were an outgrowth of the Athletic Advising Applied Experience (AAAE) completed by all EDL 551/561 students during the fall semester. The purpose of the AAAE was to utilize reflection and analysis to examine the application of theory in practice. As part of the project, EDL students served as academic support to student athletes at UNCW through a partnership with the athletic advising office. Working one-on-one, in small groups, or in support of a particular team, 20 EDL students provided a total of 400 hours of tutoring and mentoring services to student athletes during the Fall 2013 semester. The course is taught by assistant professor James DeVita.

NCCPA is a state division of the American College Personnel Association. The mission of the organization, founded in 1966, is to provide leadership in the college student development profession, to contribute to the continuing education of student development educators, and to offer networking opportunities among its members.

Josh Kinchen
Josh Kinchen

Jordan Stone
Jordan Stone

Graduate Students Join Tamara Walser as Presenters at NCARE Conference Feb. 20-21

Two graduate students joined Tamara Walser, an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, as presenters at the recent National Association for Research in Education (NCARE) conference in Greensboro. The theme of the 2014 conference was, “The Power of Education Research.”

Watson College students presenting posters included Josh Kinchen, “Student Perceptions of LGBTQIA Acceptance at UNCW” and Jordan Stone, “An Evaluation of the Delta Chi Wilmington Chapter’s Senior Status Program.”

Walser, who is also NCARE president, presented a paper titled, “Evaluability Assessment of a Professional Development System Partnership: Method, Results and Implications.”

NCARE is a state affiliate of the American Educational Research Association.

Language and Literature Students Present at the NCRA Annual Conference March 16-18

Seven students enrolled in graduate studies in WCE’s Language and Literature program presented at the North Carolina Reading Association Annual Conference in Raleigh March 16-18. Jeanne Swafford, associate professor and language and literacy program coordinator, also presented at the conference. The theme of the conference was, “Pathways to Literacy: Looking Back to Move Forward.”

Erin Saunders
Erin Saunders

WCE faculty and students who led sessions include Linda Wall, “Black Literature: Beyond Slavery and Civil Rights;” Emily Roderique and Jeanne Swafford, “Exploring Untold Stories of WWII through Text Sets” and Beth Peddle, “Managing Stress in the Classroom with Gyrokinesis.”

Students presenting posters included Brandy Carpenter, “Manipulatives to Segmenting and Blending Words;” Melda McCoy, “Simplifying Synthesizing;” Erin Saunders, “Literacy Stations Logistics: Organization and Management of Successful K-2 Literacy Stations” and Danielle Senter, “Providing Student Centered Feedback from High School Teachers.”

The mission of the NCRA is to actively promote lifelong literacy for all citizens commensurate with each individual’s unique capacity. The organization and its members encourage professional interaction among individuals and organizations involved with literacy to provide resources for exemplary literacy practices and habits.